Aligarh is a 2015 Indian biographical drama film directed by Hansal Mehta and written by Apurva Asrani. It stars Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles.
The film had its world premiere at the 20th Busan International Film Festival, receiving a standing ovation. The film was released worldwide on 26 February 2016 to critical acclaim. Bajpayee won critical acclaim and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ramchandra Siras.
Set in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, it is the true story of Ramchandra Siras, a professor of Marathi and the head of the Classical Modern Indian Languages Faculty at the famed Aligarh Muslim University, who was suspended on grounds of morality. He was also sacked from his position of Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages. The film starts at the moment when the professor’s privacy is invaded by a film crew from a local TV station who forcibly enter his house and film him having sex with a male rickshaw-puller. Siras is forced to leave his housing at the university, and is suspended from his job. He is contacted by a journalist who is sympathetic to him, and his case is taken up in court. The court rules in his favour and Siras’ suspension is revoked, but before he can return to work, he is found dead.
Manoj Bajpayee as Prof. Ramchandra Siras
Rajkummar Rao as Journalist Deepu Sebastian
Ashish Vidyarthi as Advocate Anand Grover
Ishwak Singh as Arvind Narayan
Nutan Surya as Anjali Gopalan
Divya Unny as Reporter
Suman Vaidya as Shadab Qureshi
Devyansh Agnihotri (Child Artist)
Saptrishi Ghosh as Assistant Lawyer
Dilnaz Irani as Nameeta
Sukhesh Arora as Tahir Islam
Sumit Gulati as Tashi
Sachin Parikh as Anuj
Balaji Gauri as Nita Grewal
K.R.Parmeshwar as Prof. Sridharan
Prashant Kumar as Rickshaw wala