Shahid is a 2013 biographical Bollywood film. The film is directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by another Bollywood Movie Director Anurag Kashyap along with Ronnie Screwvala, Sunil Bohra & Siddharth Roy Kapur (nowdays better known as the husband of Bollywood actress Vidya Balan).
The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival‘s ‘City to City’ program in September 2012.The film was selected for distribution by UTV Motion Pictures and is set to release on October 18th, 2013. The film also features the versatile Timangshu Dhulia, who himself is a Director par excellence. Timangshu has earlier played the central negative character in Anurag Kashyap’s “Gangs of Wasseypur” series and has directed a milestone film like Pan Singh Tomar (which was adjudged as the “Best Hindi Film” in the National Award 2012 & Irrfan Khan won the “Best Actor” (Male) award for the same film. Here Timangshu has played the character of Maqbool Menon, who is the owner of the Law Firm, where Shahid first started his career as a criminal lawyer. Apart from Timangshu, the film also stars Prabhleen Sandhu as the female lead. Prabhleen has played the character of Mariam, who is Shahid’s wife. K.K Menon has also made a special appearance as War Saab, who is Shahid’s ideological mentor in jail. Ace theater artist Baljinder Kaur has played the role of Shahid’s mother.
Shahid is based on the life of Muslim lawyer & human rights activist, Shahid Azmi (played by Rajkumar Yadav), who was assassinated in 2010 in Mumbai.
Hansal Mehta decided to make the film after he heard people were accusing Shahid of terrorist activities: “Shahid Azmi was not alive to tell his side of the story when aspersions were being cast on him. So Director Hansal Mehta decided to stand up for him. The film aims to showcase Shahid as the symbol of ‘Hope’ and religious tolerance.
Shahid | Official Trailer | In Cinemas 18th October (You Tube)
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Sanjib Banerji takes a keen interest in both Old and Contemporary/modern Bengali literature and cinema and have written several short stories for Bengali Little magazines. He also runs a little magazine in Bangla, named – Haat Nispish, which has completed its 6th consecutive year in the last Kolkata International Book Fair. Being the eldest grandson of Late Sukumar Bandopadhaya, who was the owner of HNC Productions and an eminent film producer cum distributor of his time (made platinum blockbusters with Uttam Kumar, like “Prithibi Aamarey Chaaye”, “Indrani” and several others), Sanjib always nurtured an inherent aspiration of making it big and worthy in the reel arena. He has already written few screenplays for ETV BANGLA.
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