Manoj Bajpayee and Apurva Asrani celebrate 6 years of ‘Aligarh’ | Movies News
Mumbai: ‘Family Man’ actor Manoj Bajpayee on Saturday celebrated the completion of six years of his critically acclaimed film, ‘Aligarh’.
The film also had Rajkummar Rao in the lead role with him. Earlier, Apurva Asrani who wrote the film’s story and screenplay posted a lengthy message on Instagram to celebrate the film’s 6th anniversary.
Her post read, “Today marks 6 years since the release of #Aligarh and I’ve put together a bunch of footage that marks her beautiful journey. This film is special, not just because it was my writing debut in its own right, but also because it came at a time when being gay was a crime and the movie was becoming kind of an affirmation, it was also during the promotions for the movie, that I came out from the closet on National TV (with @barkha.dutt-pic attached).”
The message continued: “Huge gratitude to @hansalmehta for making this movie and for giving me the opportunity to write it. To @erosnow for supporting this little movie and making it so big. To @rajkummar_rao for adding so much weight to the project by playing Deepu Sebastian with such sincerity. To @ancientfeline for sparking the idea to tell this story and for providing impeccable research and support to the writing process. And finally, to @bajpayee.manoj for playing Professor Siras with so much love, empathy and honesty “I rewatched the movie two days ago, and not only is it a master class in acting actor, but each viewing of the film reveals different layers of his performance. Congratulations to the entire Aligarh team for giving it their all. #6YearsOfAligarh #manojbajpayee #rajkummarrao #hansalmehta #apurvaasrani.”
He also added the rainbow flag, representing the LGBTQ community, at the end of the caption.
Manoj reacted to the post, writing, “You write Appu so well!! Some memories never fade. Making Aligarh is such a memorable part of our life and career!! Love.” He added a heart emoji.
“Aligarh” was the sensitive story of a Marathi teacher and head of the faculty of Modern Classical Indian Languages at the famous Aligarh Muslim University, who is suspended for morality reasons.
He is contacted by a journalist (Rajkummar) who is sympathetic to him, and his case is taken to court. The film won rave reviews and won numerous awards for Manoj, Apurva and the film’s director, Hansal Mehta.