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Aligarh (2015)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 26 February 2016 (India)
A true story of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation.

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Hansal Mehta

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Apurva Asrani (story), Apurva Asrani (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Sukhesh Arora Sukhesh Arora ... Tahir Islam
Manoj Bajpayee ... Professor Siras
Balaji Gauri Balaji Gauri ... Nita Grewal
Sumit Gulati Sumit Gulati ... Tashi
Dilnaz Irani Dilnaz Irani ... Namita
Sachin Parikh Sachin Parikh ... Anuj
K.R. Parmeshwar K.R. Parmeshwar ... Prof. Sridharan
Rajkummar Rao ... Deepu Sebastian
Naval Shukla Naval Shukla ... Prathmesh Sharma
Ishwak Singh Ishwak Singh ... Arvind Narayan
Nutan Surya Nutan Surya ... Anjali Gopalan
Divya Unny Divya Unny ... Reporter
Suman Vaidya Suman Vaidya ... Shadab Qureshi
Ashish Vidyarthi ... Anand Grover
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Set in the state of Uttar Pradesh and based on true events, the plot revolves around Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who taught Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University. He was sacked from his position of Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages, on charges of homosexuality. A sting operation was conducted by a TV channel which showed him in an embrace with a rickshaw puller, at his house inside the campus. Written by mishravikky68

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

26 February 2016 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Алигарх See more »

Filming Locations:

Bareilly, India See more »

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On January 31, 2016, a controversy broke out as the film's trailer was rated with an "A" certificate by India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which would allow the trailer to be screened on television only after 10 PM IST, citing that the film's theme and subject, which is related to homosexuality, is against India's culture, and kids and teenagers should not be allowed to view it. Film's director, Hansal Mehta took to social media and press to vent his anger, threatening that he will go to the Appellate Tribunal and appeal the adult rating of the trailer arguing that an "important subject like his film's should reach everyone (sic)." Pahlaj Nihalani, the Chairman of CBFC, ignored the threat saying that it was all publicity stunt. See more »

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A poignant tale
24 May 2016 | by nillohitgangulySee all my reviews

A few years back I watched The Brokeback Mountain. Those who have seen it will surely agree with me that the film did not speak about gay rights or anything remotely related to it. Instead it was a love story where a man instead of falling in love with a woman falls in love with another man. It was a very poignant tale of love; a love that most people failed to comprehend.

Aligarh made me feel the same. A common gay man tries to come to terms with after being suddenly forced out of the closet. Unlike Brokeback Mountain, this is based on a real story. But the film is like a poetry, that says a lot and leaves even more unsaid, but has a profound impact on the viewer.

Please don't watch this movie if you are expecting anything salacious or controversial. Watch it because when you are old and there is no 377 scare and you see a gay couple pass you by, you would know what they feel like because Professor Siras felt the same.


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