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MONOJIT LAHIRI | New Delhi, October 25, 2013 14:10
Tags : Shahid | cinema | Hansal Mehta | terrorist | Kay Kay Menon | Tigmanshu Dhulia |

It is heartening to see such a wide variety of cinema in today’s moviescape, embracing the sublime, ridiculous and everything in between with passion & purpose!  So for every Chennai Express & Boss, there is a Shahid, Pan Singh, Kai Po Che, Barfi & Kahaani – more power to this diversity!  It is even more heartening to see directors courageously listening to their hearts, riding on their belief and take the road less traveled … to frequently end up as winners.  More wind beneath their wings!

Shahid is the latest entry into this glorious list.  Hansal Mehta’s film is based on slain lawyer Shahid Azmi, accused of terrorist links, imprisoned & subsequent assassination, with high riveting drama superbly packaged to make it an enthralling cinematic experience.  His neo-realism style & leaning on actual locales lends the film the required credibility & edginess, critical to its central core, with the courtroom scenes absolute & total gems.  Mehta’s story-telling, right through is also spot-on and takes the audience with him, full-on.

However, at the end of the day, for this kind of film not posturing or dramabaazi but solid, powerful and out-of-your-skin acting is required and every single performer rises to the occasion.  The brilliant Raj [Kai Po Che, LSD, Shaitan, Raagini] Kumar portrays the title role with rare insight & feeling, sensitivity & brio.  Blending vulnerability with passion, he truly brings the character alive.  Mohd. Zeeshan too [playing his brother] matches him magnificently in the performance graph as does Prabhleen Sandhu as his wife.  Kay Kay Menon & Tigmanshu Dhulia also turns out great cameos, to add solid value to the film.

Shahid is one of those little big films that stay with you long after the movie ends.  It’s a film with soul, saluting the triumph of the human spirit and expressing, to a world busy in greedily devouring all that is bright, shiny & frivolous, that there is a life more enriching & empowering, waiting to be discovered, if only one re-visits their hearts & souls in the way they once did, before their entire beings were corrupted by the monsters of materialism, consumerism & self-absorption.

Director: Hansal Mehta

Cast: Raj Kumar Yadav, Prabhleen Sandhu, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Kay Kay Menon, Tigmanshu Dhulia


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