Deconstructing Shahid

The Critic's Cut

  • Biopics are a different animal. Although slotted in a single genre, they are usually an amalgamation of at least two genres. Take for example, The People vs. Larry Flynt. The movie marries Biopic and courtroom drama in brilliant fashion. Shahid, directed by Hansal Mehta, does the same, albeit with a central character not as eccentric and as interesting as Larry Flynt.
  • Shahid is about the slain Human rights lawyer, Shahid Azmi, who led a controversial life defending helpless people accused of terrorism. It was a life which was cut short in unjust fashion.
  • The movie might appear to be a one sided view to some, or undercooked to some as the director chooses to leave the real innocence of the defendants ambiguous. Shahid could have been right, but he might have also been a “Gandhi for Jihaadi”, as a character puts it while threatening him. The truth remains…

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