Shahid Cast & Crew:
BannerBohra Bros Pvt. Ltd,
Release Date18 Oct 2013
ProducerRonnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra
Star CastRaj Kumar Yadav,
Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub,,
Kay Kay Menon,
Music Director BB Music Studio
Screenplay Hansal Mehta,Sameer Gautam Singh, Apurva Asrani
Verdict : Go for this one if you always cry about mindless cinema !
Read the Review (in detail) of Film Shahid
Director Hanslal Mehta gave some interesting but half baked flop films in past i.e. Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai, Woodstock Villa and Raakh. But this time he does the basic right - chooses a real life drama, Shahid is based on the life of slain lawyer and activist Shahid Azmi. The movie has been produced by Anurag Kashyap, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapoor.
The story of this film revolves around Shahid (Raj Kumar Yadav). The impressionable youngster dabbles in right wing ideologies and heads to POK, to join a terrorist training camp. However, the young Shahid is disillusioned with the philosophy of violence and jihad. After he escapes from the camp, he is picked by police officials as a suspect in a terrorist plot.
After being acquitted of the charges, Shahid decides to become a criminal lawyer. He starts fighting for the rights of people falsely accused of being terrorists under draconian anti-terrorism laws. While he becomes the darling of human rights advocates and the victims, the mood of the society is quite different. In the wake of rising communal violence and terror attacks, Shahid is targeted for his defence of people accused in terror plots.
Shahid endures personal attacks, a fraying marriage and even death threats in his fight for justice. What happens in the end? What price does Shahid pay for upholding the spirit of law? That forms the story of this movie.
Positive Points :-
Raj Kumar Yadav has done a great job in this film. He has portrayed the character of Shahid with a lot of conviction. We can feel the character’s anguish and desire to save people who are wrongly accused of being terrorists.
Prabhleen Sandhu is sweet and lovable, yet feisty at the same time. In the role of Mariam, she looks quite good in this movie. Kay Kay Menon is very effective in his cameo appearance.
The film has a very authentic and gritty feel. There is no sugary romance. There is no hyperbole. Just a simple and balanced presentation of the slain lawyer’s struggle against a society and judicial system that is heavily prejudiced.
The director manages to draw viewers right into the plot and by the end of the film, most people will root for Shahid’s crusade against an imperfect judicial system.
Negative Points :-
The movie can get a little slow at times and the story does not have any entertainment quotient whatsoever. So if you are looking for simple popcorn entertainment, you will be disappointed.
The film looks and feels like it has been made on a shoestring budget. Perhaps, with a bigger budget and better production values, this film would have been a lot better. Mariam’s character should have been developed further.
Technical Points :-
Cinematography is very average. Editing could have been better. As the director said in a number of interviews, most of the dialogues were improvised on set and this is quite apparent. Karan Kulkarni’s music is ok.
Hansal Mehta’s direction deserves applause. It is quite tough to narrate a known story in such a gripping and gritty fashion.