Aligarh - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

It is an important film. It is a courageous film even. The film does some things really well. But, it isn't necessarily an absorbing one.

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30 reviewers have given Aligarh an average rating of 4.7/5.0 (?)

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4 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Despite a sterling performance by Manoj Bajpayee and other positives, Aligarh ends up being an inconsistent biopic – on the one hand providing a beautiful portrait of reclusiveness, yet elsewhere doing a disservice to a man to whom this country owes an apology. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Proving the irony, its being reported that the film titled ALIGARH is not being shown in the city of Aligarh itself without having any official ban imposed by the authorities. So the scenario has yet not changed in 2016, which makes it even more important to watch the film at the earliest and think about the tragedy using your own logical deduction instead of the suggested ones. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, ALIGARH is a sensitive film which will touch your heart. However, due to its slow pace, it may appeal to a very niche segment of multiplex audiences. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Aligarh needs to be watched. It is serious cinema and you need to be patient with the pace. But if you give into Mehta’s storytelling and let Siras charm you with his innocence then Aligarh will become an instant favourite. A film about human divinity and rights about anything else, Aligarh is high on my recommendation list. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pooja Pande, BookmyShow ...The turmoil of being homosexual and surviving in the Indian society is not something all of us go through. The struggle for acceptance and a disturbing end will move you. The performances are beyond brilliant and the film is crisp, not a minute longer. This is a movie not only for the arthouse cinema lovers but also for the rest. The movie shows a stark contrast between Siras’ and Deepu’s worlds, and you cannot help but feel strongly for the protagonist. The movie rises above just another social cause, and has layers of humanity to it. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss this one. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Aligarh has it loud and light moments, but it is more effective precisely because it does not shout and rant. Manoj Bajpayee’s performance is a master class in acting; even though Rao has a tough time keeping up, he plays the hyper-energetic young journalist with a lot of charm. The film is worth supporting, particularly because the times call for compassion and tolerance. ... full review

So-So by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Aligarh is shot brilliantly. We see Siras through windows, mesh, grills, curtains, behind doors with paranoid locks and latches. Manoj Bajpayee, who is practically in every frame of the film, has a few moments when he is light and in character. In these brief scenes he shines and connects as a breathing, living man. Mostly, however, he’s deliberate, heavy and rather hammy. ... full review

So-So by Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle ...Cinematography Satya Ray Nagpaul is commendable bringing out the real essence of the life of the professor the way he has shot it. Sound design by Mandar Kulkarni works keeping in mind the mood of the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mohit Patil, Desi Martini ...The most refreshing thing about Aligarh is that even homosexuality figures as a key aspect of the film's themes, it never feels like an "issue-based" movie. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ameet Bhuvan , Desi Martini ...From the pitch perfect performances to the soulful use of Latas songs and background score, moody , blunt and unflinchingly honest, Aligarh is the best watch at the big screens in a long long time. Not to be missed.... full review

Thumbs up by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...The film is mellow, and Manoj Bajpayee's professor is reticent and inhibited and struggles with the new lexicon to old love. I loved this film and what Mehta has spun in 120 minutes is just plain magic. The melancholia of winter afternoons in Northern India, Rajkummar Rao's nervous energy, Bajpayee's Professor Siras shrinking into his shell just as the world is ardent to pull him in --we are truly blessed to be in the midst of something so wonderful. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...The best part of the film is its utter commitment to Siras' story. We watched silently while an innocent man was victimised just because he was different from us, that's just one more reason to watch this film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aakriti Anand, Filmfare ...Overall, the honesty and the haunting reality of the story are what make Aligarh such a compelling watch. Even in the disheartening end, Aligarh gives you hope that maybe, someday our society will be on the verge of coming out for good. ... full review

Thumbs up Free Press Journal ...It is a powerful human drama that probes the life and death of a victim of institutional whimsicality. And it does so exactly with the kind of non-judgemental approach that would like to see more of in the real world. ... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...ALIGARH is for a niche audience who love their performances refined. And as far as a performance goes, Bajpayee surprises even himself. ... full review

Thumbs up by Seeta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...At a time when notions of morality and jingoism are obstructing the ideas of freedom, democracy and individualism, Aligarh is a must-watch. It’s a reminder that freedom of choice can never be less important, and that is what democracy is about. ... full review

Thumbs up by Vivek, India Entertainment ...This film is a craft brilliantly delivered by HansalMehta, he does not take sides, become judgmental, fall into stereotypes and with minimal assets in the form of dialogues, locations, drama, music, delivers a subtle film as sweet as a poem by Oscar Wilde.... full review

Thumbs up by Suhani Singh, india today ...Like Shahid, Siras's fate was also tragic. He was found dead in his apartment, just a few days after he won the legal battle in Allahabad High Court and the day when the University sent a letter reinstating him. Apurva Asrani, screenwriter and also the editor, and Mehta deserve credit for reminding viewers of a forgotten, reluctant and wronged hero who happens to be gay. Their biggest accomplishment is that they have treated him with respect and sensitivity. Qualities we, as a nation, could all do with. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Credit goes to Mehta and writer Apurva Asrani for etching out his character with such precision. Rajkummar Rao, who has successfully adapted the Malayali accent to suit journalist Sebastian’s role, lends good support. The admirable ease with which they relate to each other shows us the magic that can happen when two good actors come together on screen. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Nevertheless, Aligarh is definitely worth a watch for the powerful performances and the sincere treatment of a sensitive story. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...So, in addition to being a portrayal of the gay experience in an unjust and insensitive society, Aligarh is a human drama with universal resonance. It encapsulates the plight of all dissenters. ... full review

Thumbs up by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...This sense of loss, is so beautifully shown by the actor throughout the movie that even those who are not comfortable around homosexual people (and it is a shame that such people exist) cannot not be moved. ... full review

Thumbs up by PRACHI PINGLAY-PLUMBER, Outlook India ...it is an excellent film about every human being’s need and right to love and be loved.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...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. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Watch the film to experience a story that is as searing as it is sensitive. Most crucially, the film ensures that the absurdity of a law criminalizing homosexuality hits home harder than ever. ... full review

Thumbs up Star Blockbuster ...It is a story of hope and innocence in a time when prejudice and judgment substitute compassion. It is a mesmerising film.... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...The film is a unique step forward in reality cinema in that it uses actual names of people and places involved in the real incident. But then it still has to put a disclaimer at the start. ... full review

Thumbs up by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India ..."The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages", this remarkable quote by Virginia Woolf pretty much sums up the film. Aligarh stays with you much after you see it, especially for Bajpayee and his nuanced portrayal of a man brutally put to shame by an intrusive and insensitive society. It's subtlety, redefined. ... full review

Thumbs up by Veejay Sai, Upper Stall ...How ironic because Aligarh is, in fact, one of the most significant films ever made in India on the issues of human rights, democracy, law and identity. Don’t miss it. ... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...Overall, Hansal Mehta's direction touches a raw nerve and makes you embrace the film wholeheartedly. ... full review