Shahid Movie Review: A Must Watch!
Shahid Movie Review-In Short
The film traces the journey of Shahid, a boy from the slums of Govandi, who goes on to become the most controversial lawyer of India.
Shahid Movie Review-Verdict
A hard-hitting fare, Shahid is a classic underdog story that will touch your heart.
Shahid Movie Review-Story Plot
Shahid Azmi (Raj Kumar Yadav) is a normal teenager from the slums of Govandi, who just wants to complete his education and get a decent job. However, fate has other things in store for him and when the 1993 riots, a trip to a militant camp and a stint behind bars make him realise that the only way to fight the system is to be a part of it, Shahid decides to complete his education and study law.
After getting his law degree, Shahid starts interning with renowned criminal lawyer Maqbool Memon (Tigmanshu Dhulia), but when their ideals clash, the determined Shahid sets out on his own to fight injustice as and when he sees it.
The rest of the film deals with how Shahid fights tooth and nail for the rights of those, who have been victimized by the law in the wake of terror attacks and how this affects his family life and his personal safety.
Shahid Movie Review-Performances
Yadav has proved his worth in his past films such as Kai Po Che!, Ragini MMS and Love Sex Aur Dhoka and with Shahid, he once again proves that he is a force to be reckoned with. Yadav might not have the looks of a Greek God or six-pack abs, but his honesty and talent is something that will take him to new heights. As far as performances go, everyone in the film, right from Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, who plays Shahid’s brother to Vipin Sharma, who plays the prosecuting attorney to Dhulia, who is seen in a cameo, have done a great job. Also, don’t miss Kay Kay Menon, who shines in his short role as Shahid’s mentor in prison.
Shahid Movie Review-Direction
The film has been made with a small budget and whereas this might have adversely affected other films, it works in favour of Shahid, because the settings are so real that you cannot help but identify with them. The court-room scenes are quite authentic and director Hansal Mehta’s talent lies in making Shahid seem like a ‘guy-next-door’ and a hero at the same time (Shahid might be a hot-shot lawyer, who shreds hostile witnesses in court, but he still mutters nervously when telling his mother about the woman he loves). Indeed, Mehta deserves kudos for coming up with a ‘working-class hero’ especially in the days of larger than life silver screen stalwarts.
Shahid Movie Review-Final Word
A must watch!
Release Date : 18 October 2013
Director : Hansal Mehta
Genre : Social