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Shahid (2012)

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An account of slain Human Rights lawyer Shahid Basheer, an ordinary citizen with an extraordinary commitment to justice.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajkummar Rao ...
Shahid Azmi (as Raj Kumar Yadav)
Prabhleen Sandhu ...
Mariam
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub ...
Arif
Baljinder Kaur ...
Ammi
Tigmanshu Dhulia ...
Maqbool Menon
Kay Kay Menon ...
War saab
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Prosecutor More
Shalini Vatsa ...
Prosecutor Tambe
Vinod Rawat ...
Rafique
Suvinder Pal ...
Commander at camp
Pawan Kumar ...
Zaheer Sheikh
Vivek Ghamande ...
Fahim Khan
Paritosh Sand ...
Judge
Prabal Panjabi ...
Omar Sheikh
Yusuf Husain ...
Professor Saxena
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Shahid traces the true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi. From attempting to become a terrorist to being wrongly imprisoned under a draconian anti-terrorism law to becoming a criminal lawyer Shahid traces the inspiring personal journey of a boy who became an unlikely messiah for human rights while following the rise of communal violence in India. This story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rising above his circumstances is an inspiring testament to the human spirit. Written by Anonymous

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Based On The Life Of One Of The Most Controversial Figures Of Our Time.

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Shahid: Zaheer has been in jail for the last 2.5 years. His bail plea has been rejected over 10 times. The police have been unable to get any substantial evidence against him in this period.
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After the end credits, a 13-minute sequence shows the training session of Shahid Azmi, which was edited out to tighten the story. See more »

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style of Sinclair Lewis, or on a really good day, John Grisham
27 February 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Hansal Mehta's SHAHID, in Hindi, begins with the murder of a lawyer in his office. His first name, Shahid, which also means 'martyr' indicates that he was Muslim. We flashback to the riots in the early 1990s in which he is caught up, causing him to train with Muslim militants in Kashmir. This is not the Kashmir of so many Hindi film songs and dances, but of narrow roads cut into enormous cliffs, the rocks overhanging them.

Shahid runs away from the training camp when he is forced to witness the beheading of a turncoat, is arrested in Delhi, and in Tihar Jail must choose between siding with terrorists again or continuing his former law studies.

He chooses the latter, but on release finds that the law is a double- sided game. So he starts his own practice and takes on only the cases he wants. One is of a woman whose mother-in-law wants her house; we learn later that she is divorced, has a child, and that Shahid wants to marry her. He does, and his family reluctantly agrees. But the majority of his cases favor Muslims who have been falsely accused of terrorism, as we move through more terrorist attacks over time, including the 26/11 attack on the Taj Hotel. In every case shown, including the one involving the house, he receives phone threats, until ... This is a very serious film, more like a novel that what we usually think of cinema, in the style of Sinclair Lewis, or on a really good day, John Grisham.


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