Making a biopic is one of the toughest kind of film making. As to make the version look more appealing to the audience, the maker needs to dramatize the stuff. The more the drama is, the more appealing it is (in terms of commercial aspects). But it may affect the real incidents which were actually happened! And the characterization of all the related characters also require a very careful writing.
|Producers||:||Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra, Ronnie Screwvala, Shailesh R Singh, Siddharth Roy Kapur|
|Written By||:||Hansal Mehta, Sameer Gautam Singh, Apurva Asrani|
Life of Shahid Azmi|
|Distributed by||:||UTV Motion Pictures|
|Released On||:||18 October 2013 (India)|
|Starring||:||Rajkumar Rao (Shahid Azmi), Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (Zrif Azmi), Tigmanshu Dhulia (Maqbool Khan), Kay Kay Menon (War Saab), Prabal Panjabi (Omar Sheikh), Prabhleen Sandhu (Mariam), Vivek Ghamande (Faheem Khan), Baljinder Kaur (Ammi), Vaibhav Vishant (Young Khalid), and others…|
Shahid is a biopic as it represents the events happened in the Late criminal lawyer, Mr. Shahid Azmi. All kind of extremism is dangerous to the society, be it terrorism or mistrusting people due to some of his/her attributes.
As per the representation in this movie, Mr. Azmi affected with the attributes of extremism many times. First when affected due to communal violence, then trained to kill, then tortured by legal system. He got support, inspiration and proper guidance in jail due to which he was able to drive his life in right direction. Later when doing his duty and right things according to his vision; he got successful and controversial in his professional life. His personal life was affected due to his activities. Over the period of time, he got friends and enemies both. And one day he was shot dead in his own office!
These consequences are explored pretty well in the movie. There are places when this movie reminds us of the movie Shootout at Wadala.
The screenplay is tight. The editing is really nice. The director/editor thus succeed avoiding unnecessary stuff which can affect movie’s pace. The dialogs are simple yet powerful. The dialogs in the courtroom during Shahid’s first case that made him popular are really good. Even the growing tension between him and his wife, due to his fearless attempts of doing what he was, is represented via nice dialogs. The sets are also realistic. The movie is almost on the shoulders of Rajkumar Yadav aka Rajkumar Rao. He plays it well. As there is no per-defined image of himself in audience’ mind, he is able to look exactly the character. He is a good actor no doubt, and he does justice to the role he is given.
The movie could not have been so effective if the supportive cast was failed giving excellent performance for sure. Kay Kay Menon have a small role to essay which he does effortlessly. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Prabhleen Sandhu are two other performers you should watch out in this movie. Tigmanshu and other actors are effective as well. The background music and cinematography are two segments of any movie, which are talked less about, but are very important and plays a vital role in overall effect of the movie. Both these segments are up-to-the-mark in this movie.
The movie raises several questions and makes you think about various segments of the system. Of course all the systems have its own loopholes and deficiencies. But just not looking at them or avoid talking them will not resolve the deficiencies. In order to make a system more perfect, we need to give our genuine, unbiased, thoughtful and practical input. If the movie irks this thoughts in mind, the movie works for you.
The movie doesn’t have commercial features (like, item song) and even the light moments it represent are different than those found in the typical movies. The movie then also works due to acting and representation. It is a good watch, of course.
Remember though, the movie is quite heavy and in some areas require parental guidance as well.
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