Manoj Bajpayee aces it: First look of Hansal Mehta's gay professor from Aligarh

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 14:56 IST

The first look of Manoj Bajpayee's character in National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta’s next Aligarh is out.

Manoj essays the role of a gay professor. The picture shows him as a old professor clinging on to his bag. The actor looks every bit the character with his grey hair, unkempt beard and a brown suit, seated on a chair, seemingly contemplating some deep thoughts.

"We wanted the first look of Manoj's character to be impactful and create just the right amount of curiosity amongst the audience. Manoj is a fantastic actor and he embodies the trials and tribulations that his character in the film goes through. I'm extremely happy for the way the film is turning out," said Hansal Mehta.

Hansal Mehta is also co-producing Aligarh with Sandeep Singh. Talking about the film, Sandeep Singh said, "This film is based on a true life incident. One that has left a deep impact on people and we wanted to achieve the same with the first look of Manoj's character. The film is turning out wonderfully and we really hope that with this look, audiences can see what we’ve been seeing. This is just one of the many aspects of the film and we are eager to give the audience more glimpses into our film gradually."

Aligarh is based on the real life incident of a gay professor who was terminated from his job because of his sexuality. Rajkummar Rao plays a journalist in the film. It is slated to hit theatres late this year.

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