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Shahid (2012)

Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 18 October 2013 (India)
The account of Human Rights lawyer Shahid Azmi, an ordinary citizen with an extraordinary commitment to justice.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Shahid Azmi (as Raj Kumar Yadav)
Prabhleen Sandhu ...
Mariam
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Arif
Baljinder Kaur ...
Ammi
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Maqbool Menon
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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Rajkummar Rao received a national award (Best Actor) for this movie. See more »

Goofs

During the trial of Zaheer, Shahid refers to the prosecution lawyer as "Mr. Sharma", instead of "Mr. More". This is the name of the actor (Vipin Sharma) and the name of his character is "Mr. More". See more »

Quotes

Shahid: How can they just throw people in jail without reason?
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Crazy Credits

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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Shahid ! Nice movie after a long time
22 October 2013 | by (Mumbai) – See all my reviews

Watched this movie recently and i was simply too much impressed with its script, acting, and direction all were just too natural, real and perfect, hardly i realized in 150 minutes that i am watching a movie.

The story was very sensitive as it was based on real life of Late lawyer Shahid Azmi who known for his high acquittal rate specially of terror accused who are falsely implicated in terror cased being poor and helpless, he was gunned down by unknown men in his office on Feb 2010 as he was defending the accused of 26/11 Fahim khan.

The story is portrayed in such a gripping, yet responsible manner that it makes you hold your attention right from the beginning where we first meet Shahid as a young boy scarred by the barbaric violence during the communal riots of Mumbai in 1993. The devastating impact of those events prompts him to join a terrorist training camp in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. But in a terrific scene that illustrates the actor's ability to convey volumes without the crutch of words, he changes his mind and heads back home.

Shahid spent 6 years in Tihar jail along with the other terror accused, and kept hope and continued his studies being in Jail and latter was acquitted by the court after 6 years as there was no evidence found against him.

A scene that stings with honesty, Shahid asks a packed courtroom if an accused by the name of Matthew, Donald, Suresh, or More, would be singled out and subjected to the same injustice as his client Zaheer, who has remained in jail for a year-and-a-half although no evidence could be gathered against him.

This film has remarkable cast and their perfect performances. Particularly worthy of mention: Prabhleen Sandhu as Shahid's wife Mariam, who brings depth and real feeling. Also, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub (last seen playing Dhanush's friend in Raanjhanaa), wonderful as Shahid's trusted sibling Khalid. Expectedly it's Rajkumar Yadav who provides the soul of this fearless film. Relying on minimalist instinctive acting over loud theatrics, he delivers his second winning performance this year after Kai Po Che.

Shahid according to me is GEM of a movie produced in recent years. Its hard to find such movies these days , where a good movie is only defined by how much money it has made.

My rating 10/10


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