Aligarh, a film based on real story of a homosexual university professor and directed by Hansal Mehta, is believed to change the prejudices of people in a conservative country like India where homosexuality is a crime.
The movie is based on the real life incident of university professor, Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. He was suspended following a sting operation by a television news crew that made a video of him having sex with a rickshaw puller. After successfully appealing his suspension, he died in suspicious circumstances.
The film presents the life events of the 64-year old Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, after his homosexuality was disclosed in a newspaper in February 2010. He was reinstated for a brief period after being suspended, only to be found dead at his apartment after two months. The police first suspected suicide when they found traces of poison in his body, and made several arrests later. The case was closed after the police failed to convict anyone.
Actor Manoj Bajpayee has played the role of Siras, while Rajkummar Rao acted as a journalist who establishes a friendship with him. The film is being exhibited at opening of the 17th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival following screenings in 59th BFI London Film Festival and Busan.