Shahid is based on the the true story of controversial human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi. If you read newspaper and have a good memory than you’ll remember that Shahid Azmi (in real life) was shooted out in cold blood , because he defended a 26/11 accused person. Well, yeah this film portrays this controversial character.
But the problem here is that Shahid had a life with so many important events that it becomes a bit too much for a film to hold. Shahid was every where from the communal riots to terrorist camps and finally in the court hall. The film tries a bit too much than what it can chew. I became a bit restless in the first half. There are so many things going on that you can’t help getting your mind calm.
Moreover I’m not a big fan of dark and cruel films. And that’s exactly what this film is, in it’s first half. But thankfully it picked up it’s pace in the second half. From there it’s thrilling, engrossing and mostly heart-worming. Though we all know what will happen in the climax still I was hoping that they’ll not show what I knew they’re going to show. I was in a certain bond with Shahid. I got so emotional at the end that I just couldn’t stop myself from crying.
Well this film would have been what it is unless the heart-worming performance of Rajkumar Yadav. He excels himself in the character amazingly. This is undoubtedly his career best performance passing his earlier release this year Kai Po Che. He makes Shahid Azmi as real as possible. There are many characters in this film. But they are not forgettable mainly because all of them had a particular job in there hands which moved the film forward. All of the actors looked as if they were born to play those roles. All of them are top notch. Prabhleen Sandhu is fantastic as Shahid’s client. Shalini Vatsa is outstandin as the public prosecutor. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub’s done a great job as Shahid’s brother. Baljinder Kaur is terrific as his mother.
Hansal Mehta’s direction might look a bit off in the first half but he will blow you away by his narration in the second half. He narrates the drama with tenderness and sensitivity that was required for the film. Karan Kulkarni’s background score is just outstanding. Editing is very crisp.
Well Shahid isn’t a popcorn watch movie. It’s hard, dark, emotional and sometimes gloomy. It’s a hard one to like. But I’m still recommending it high. Because sometimes the best entertainers don’t make you laugh. I’m going with three and a half stars for Shahid. It moved me and I think it will move you too.