Shahid (2013) Hindi Movie Review | 19 Critic Reviews | Raj Kumar Yadav, Prabhleen Sandhu


Raj Kumar Yadav, Prabhleen Sandhu, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Baljinder Kaur, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kay Kay Menon, Vipin Sharma, Shalini Vatsa, Vinod Rawat, Yusuf Husain

Shahid Posterdirection:

Hansal Mehta


Sameer Gautam Singh, Apurva Asrani


Hansal Mehta, Sameer Gautam Singh, Apurva Asrani



Anuj Dhawan


Karan Kulkarni

produced by:

Sunil Bohra, Anurag Kashyap, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur



weird aggregate rating 7.8/10genre:


release date:

Top Rated Bollywood Movies18-October-2013
run time:
129 minutes
Shahid (2012) on IMDb


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  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-7
The story lucidly gathers within its folds a host of varied instances. Beginning with 1992 Bombay Riots, the story traverses across to terrorist training camps presumably in Pakistan to Tihar Jail to modern day Mumbai. The life of Shahid Azmi was just as interesting as controversial.
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  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-10
Rarely has a movie impacted one so much as to prod someone to google the life of a Human Rights Activist who stood up for what he believed and died for what he did. There are no sides taken by Mehta; he just presents his findings on screen. It could have been a boring affair, but this is no boring life.
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  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-9
In the aftermath of the 1992 riots, like many others, Shahid too leaves Mumbai and joins a terrorist training camp in Kashmir. But he soon comes back home as he realizes that this is not what he wants to do or can do. Once he is back, he is harassed by the police, tortured by them.
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  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-9
Gritty, gutsy, bold and brave are words that are sometimes bandied about in the context of films. But rare is the Indian film that actually measures up to those adjectives. Hansal Mehta’s Shahid does.It is a plucky film. Angry but remarkably even-handed, it articulates uncomfortable truths
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  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-7
The spectators' gradual acceptance of alternate/indie films has shown a noticeable upswing in recent years. As a matter of fact, borrowing stories from newspaper/television headlines and making realistic fares is fast becoming a norm this side of the Atlantic. The line between mainstream and alternate
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  •  Times of India -Madhureeta Mukherjee Rating-7
Even if you're acquitted, the right to live a life in fairness and dignity is permanently adjourned. Case closed! The story of 'Shahid' (fact remixed with fiction) confronts us with hard-hitting questions on religious fundamentalism, flawed legal investigations, and injustices suffered by the underdogs.
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  •  Mumbai Mirror -Karan Anshuman Rating-7
Shahid is an important story to tell. DirectorHansal Mehta has done a remarkable job chronicling the true tale of slain advocate Shahid Azmi and bringing it to the mainstream. It goes well beyond being a fierce biopic, a purposeful indie, or just a riveting drama that's impossible to dislike.
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  •  Indian Express -Shubra Gupta Rating-8
'Shahid' tells the story of a real-life person in a most life-like way. Those who know the story of Shahid Azmi, will be aware that the young lawyer was killed in 2010. He died in the line of duty, because he would not be dissuaded from doing the right thing. It is an important tale, and Hansal Mehta tells it
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  •  Deccan Chronicle -Khaled Mohamed Rating-8
That rare quality – humanism – is its calling card. Whatever its political ramifications or accuracy to reality may be, here’s a re-enactment which makes the viewer’s heart bleed over the abrupt end of a man’s life. On February 11, 2000, Shahid Azmi was shot dead point blank by shadowy
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  •  Book My Show -Teena Elizabeth Rating-7
Hansal Mehta’s SHAHID is the story of the city of Mumbai, from the 1993 Mumbai Riots to the 2008 Attack on Mumbai, told through the life of one person – SHAHID.This is not a mere biopic but a bold journey through the life of the human-right activist and criminal lawyer, Shahid Azmi

  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-8
Awe-inspiring!! What a testament to the human spirit.. Can you utter a brilliant attack against the system and the clergy that encourages hypocrisy, cruelty, inflexibility, ignorance and medievalism, provides fodders for thought and asks questions with stark realities and while doing so strike a chord
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  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-8
By subjecting me to injustice, the Lord taught me the importance of fairness. By throwing pain, humiliation, and torture my way, he taught me to be strong." It is with these words, spoken in a voice-over by the film's protagonist, that director Hansal Mehta's 'Shahid' opens. Easily one of the strongest films you'll see this year, it's based on the true story of controversial human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi,

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By subjecting me to injustice, the Lord taught me the importance of fairness. By throwing pain, humiliation, and torture my way, he taught me to be strong." It is with these words, spoken in a voice-over by the film's protagonist, that director Hansal Mehta's 'Shahid' opens.
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  •  Rediff -Prasanna D Zore Rating-8
In the seven years that Shahid Azmi practised law, he managed to get 17 acquittals from India's lethargic judicial and callous investigative systems. He paid the price for it in 2010, when his killers pumped him with bullets at his office in a Mumbai suburb.
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  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-7
Shahid is a fictionalised portrait of human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was gunned down in his office in 2010. He was 32. In the film, director Hansal Mehta and writer Sameer Gautam Singh create a portrait of a man who lived many lifetimes in one — after the 1992-93 communal riots
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  •  Yahoo Movies -Rummana Ahmed Rating-8
Shahid Azmi’s life was both fascinating and tragic and Hansal Mehta renders his tale displaying exceptional craft. A taut narrative and commendable performances ensure that the director never loses grip despite a sometimes labored pace.
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  •  DNA -Tushar Joshi Rating-8
Der lagegi, par kaam ho jayega”, says Shahid. Defending an innocent victim of religious prejudice in the court of law, he unflinchingly offers, his friend who has been wrongly convicted in a case of terror attack, these words of solace. But this isn’t where the chapters of this beautifully written and superbly
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  •  Now Running -Mansha Rastogi Rating-7
"The minute my film starts getting preachy is the minute I fail as a director," said Hansal Mehta in one of the interviews during the promotions of his latest release Shahid. You wonder then, what exactly will this biopic offer? A mere reenactment of the life that activitist-lawyer Shahid Azmi lived?
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  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-8
Seven years, seventeen acquittals. This is the extraordinary record of slain lawyer Shahid Azmi (Raj Kumar Yadav), who had made it his life’s mission to rescue those falsely arrested in terrorist cases (mostly lower middle-class Muslim men).
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  •  Mid-Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-8
For starters, Shahid, deals with a biopic just like how they ideally should be. No glossing over facts, no shying away from the ugliness and the harsh reality in the name of cinematic liberty. The movie displays a rare bravery while dealing with the sensitive topic of terrorism and how the general perceptions
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Shahid (2013)
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