Hansal Mehta “Aligarh is about Fundamental Rights, not Sexuality”

Hansal Mehta “Aligarh is about Fundamental Rights, not Sexuality”

“Aligarh is a heartfelt story of our times. It is an important film of our times, I want everybody to watch the film,” says Hansal Mehta at the grand opening premier of Aligarh.


National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta’s real life-inspired drama ‘Aligarh’ premiered on Friday at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in Mumbai. The film, starring Rajkummar Rao and Manoj Bajpayee.

“In a major Film Festival, your own home grown film is an opening premier film, it is a huge step.”

Aligarh is based on the actual story of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was fired from his job because of his sexual orientation.

“The film just does not deal with Homophobic society or homosexuality, it is not about sexuality but it is about fundamental rights, which are denied,” adds Hansal.

The premiere was attended by Bollywood stars like Vidya Balan, filmmaker Kiran Rao, who is also the MAMI Chairperson, and ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ actor Kartik Aaryan, among others.

Rajkummar, who previously worked with Mehta in the National Award-wining 2013 biographical ‘Shahid’, plays a journalist in ‘Aligarh’.

“This is my third film with Hansal, he is like family to me,” shares Rajkummar.

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