Aligarh (2016) Hindi Movie Review | Critic Reviews | Manoj Bajpayee

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  • Times Of India | Review By -Renuka Vyavahare Rating-8/10
While it is melancholic, the film doesn't resort to melodrama to evoke empathy. Aligarh's heart lies in the beauty of its silences and the unspoken words and unrushed emotions shared between its lead characters. While decriminalising homosexuality is an underlying message, the film essentially revolves around companionship and loneliness, reminiscent of Aparna Sen's masterpiece 36 Chowringhee Lane.
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  • CNN IBN | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-7/10
Aligarh is an important film, and it's powered by sensitive writing, nuanced direction, and masterful performances from its central players. The image of Siras, a grown man blushing when he's described as handsome, or when a gathering of gay men hail his poetry, stays with you long after you've watched the film. Its deliberate pace occasionally makes you restless, and you long to know more about Siras than the plot lets you in on.
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  • Rediff | Review By -Sukanya Verma Rating-7/10
The pace is unhurried, the background score is minimal, and Aligarh’s mood is often dry or distant. And that’s why the fleeting comedy around Rao’s landlady appears like scenes from another movie. In Hindi cinema, where homosexuality is an object of derisive gags or caricature, the portrayal Aligarh offers is refreshing and respectful. But it’s much too multifaceted, at times for its own good, to be acknowledged for just that.
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  • India Today | Review By -Suhani Singh Rating-6/10
What makes Aligarh a must-watch is that in Siras audiences are treated to a character who breaks all the Bollywood stereotypes of being gay. He isn't the lecherous sort dressed in garish outfits, but a dignified, educated man. He is a recluse who is brought alive beautifully by Manoj Bajpayee. It's that rare, restrained performance that Bajpayee will be remembered for.
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  • DNA | Review By -Sarita Tanwar Rating-8/10
Aligarh is about human rights, more than homosexuality. Mehta has made a remarkably sensitive film that is bound to connect with everyone on a humane level. The scene where he goes to the doctor, who leaves without seeing him will break your heart. And this discrimination is very real in our society. My first thought was that a film about an old homosexual victimised by society would be a depressing, but despite the serious
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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Sweta Kaushal Rating-9/10
Storytelling aside, Aligarh is supported by the immense acting prowess of Manoj Bajpayee. Be it the body language, the hint of a Marathi accent and the poetic mind of a professor, Manoj pays attention to the smallest of details.We’ve seen in him as Bhikhu Mhtare (Satya) and Sardaar Khan (Gangs of Wasseypur), but Siras is by far his career best. A spell-binding performance with the trappings of warmth, love and agony, it is hard to look away from him.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-8/10
Manoj Bajpayee’s stellar performance clubbed with an intelligent filmmaking by Hansal Mehta and the heart-wrenching writing of Apurva Asrani. Aligarh is an experience more than  a film. I call it an experience because it makes one ponder over their blessed lives and how ignorant we are towards the plight of the LGBT community. It is a gem studded with a noteworthy performance by Manoj Bajpayee. I would go with a 4/5 for this film.
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  • Mid Day | Review By -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-7/10
The reasons could be many, but a lot among us are closet homophobes. 'Aligarh' makes us question our own 'morals' and our reaction to someone's sexual orientation which doesn't match our own or which we are conditioned to think is ‘not right’. Any film that makes us think and re-think our own responses for days after having watched it is obviously a good film.
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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-7/10
the film itself is bigger than these things. Like in his ‘Shahid’, Hansal Mehta and scriptwriter Apurva Asrani have come up with a lead character and a film which shines with authenticity and emotional heft, which leaves you thinking, and which says something we should all listen to, especially in these times when it has become more imperative than ever before: we can be different, but we are us.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-9/10
Words do not make poetry, Aligarh University professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras (Manoj Bajpayee) tells Delhi journo Deepu Sebastien (Rajkummar Rao) well over an hour into Hansal Mehta's Aligarh. Poetry, says the sexagenarian protagonist, is what springs forth from between the lines - the pauses and the silences. Aligarh, as pointed and poignant a portrait of loneliness as any that Indian cinema has ever produced, is unwaveringly true to that dictum.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -BH News Network Rating-7/10
The film sees the no holds barred directorial prowess of Hansal Mehta, who has handled the film in an extremely skilful manner. Thanks to his direction, the film gets translated into a mixed bag of emotions such as fearless, captivating, moving and heart-breaking one. While the film has an extremely engaging first half, the second half sees the film losing its grip mainly due to its slow pace and starts looking disjointed. Many things remain unexplained which may confuse the audience.
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Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi
Hansal Mehta
Ishani Banerjee
Apurva Asrani
Apurva Asrani
Satya Ray
Karan Kulkarni
produced by: 
Hansal Mehta, Sandeep Singh, Shailesh R Singh, Sunil Lulla
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120 minutes
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