Hansal Mehta might have named his film after a spot however Aligarh is basically an individual's film. It is around one individual at a traumatic point in his life; an intensely watched, stately and thoughtful character investigation of a violated man. Dr Shrinivas Ramachandra Siras, who was expelled from Aligarh Muslim University for homosexuality, was later discovered dead under baffling circumstances. The retelling of his life is tended to against the scenery of the disagreeable issue of criminalisation of homosexuality in India. The film's strength lies in catching the identity and mind of Siras. As he looks from outside as well as all the more so his inward life: his dejection, propelling age and the treachery and embarrassment in the winter of his life.
So you have Manoj Bajpayee, with strategy acting at its top, translating Siras in his own specific manner: working at that uneasy walk, the stopping voice and his affection for Lata Mangeshkar caught through songs, for example, " Aap ki nazron ne samjha " and " Betaab dil ki tamanna yahi hai '. There are a few subtle elements that wait. Like how he dislikes the reduction of his passion for another man into a three-letter-word: gay.
There is his smothered annoyance turning out at a young reporter dogging him, letting them know that he is not a carnival joker. At that point there is his quirk of marking with his own particular pen; the blush that creeps up when he is informed that he is great looking; how he discusses hunting down genuine verse in the silences and delays between words; or when he takes asylum in verse amid court proceedings asserting to be a hesitant activist, ignorant of the legalese. All he needs is to be allowed to sit unbothered, with his dignity intact.
In any case, it's not only the one man at the inside. It's likewise about his relationship with a gregarious, aspiring journalist Deepu Sebastian (Rajkummar Rao) who is at first out to get a decent story yet step by step turns into his confidante and sounding board. It's a jugalbandi between the man of stillness and another with nervous energy.
There are other quirky people out of sight who leave an awesome impression. Like KR Parmeshwar as Professor Sridharan, Siras' partner from the Malayalam department, and the two lawyers contending in the court over his rejection.
Ashish Vidyarthi is all robustness and strength as he contends for Siras. Mehta had Shalini Vatsa as a wild adversary lawyer in Shahid . Here he conveys us face to face with a much fiercer one in Gauri Balaji.
The film is a unique step forward in reality cinema in that it utilizes real names of individuals and places included in the genuine episode. Be that as it may, then despite everything it needs to put a disclaimer toward the begin.