The trailer of Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao’s much awaited film Aligarh is out! Directed by Hansal Mehta, the hard-hitting movie tells the real story of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) who was ostracised when he was caught getting intimate with a man on campus. Siras was also captured on camera allegedly having sex with a rickshaw-puller and thus was suspended from his job. Not many know that he was married for 20 years before a divorce. Aligarh has the acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee playing Siras – a gay character difficult to essay on celluloid.
Speaking at the Aligarh trailer launch, Manoj Bajpayee said that acting as a lonely man was one of the most difficult jobs for him. He had said earlier, “We wanted to make a great film out of it. And not for a second we thought that we were making a film on homosexuality. We always thought we were making a film on somebody who deserved much more than what he got from the society.” Scroll down for the Aligarh trailer!
Aligarh‘s film editor Apurva Asrani who is also the dialogue writer spoke about how we are unable to accept homosexuals in society. Filmmaker Karan Johar said about the film, “#Aligarh is exceptionally poignant,moving and heartbreaking in equal measure….a relevant and important film of our times….” He added, “#Aligarh is a must watch!! Congratulations to the entire team!! @mehtahansal @Apurvasrani @BajpayeeManoj @RajkummarRao @ErosNow.”
Professor Siras, who taught Marathi and was the Chairman of the Department of Modern Indian Languages at AMU, is no more but his struggle to survive in society resonates through the film. The Prof was suspended from AMU because of his homosexuality and especially having been caught twice in the act.
Aligarh was the official selection at the Busan International Film Festival 2015 and screened at the BFI London Film Festival 2015. Back home, it was the opening film at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival held in 2015. Hansal Mehta, Rajkummar Rao, Manoj Bajpayee and Eros Now have been tweeting about the trailer of Aligarh since afternoon, and generated a lot of buzz about the movie. tells his story without sensationalising it.
The Aligarh trailer shows that it’s a film that will leave us in awe and we’re dying to watch it. It reminds us of another award-winning film of Mehta – Shahid – that showed the life of slain lawyer and Muslim rights activist Shahid Azmi (played by Rajkummar Rao). Watch the trailer of Aligarh right here!