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Movie Review: Aligarh

February 26, 2016

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Photo taken from the official Facebook page of “Aligarh”.

Aligarh” is a movie that might require some amount of patience. The two-hour runtime is not long by Bollywood standards, but there is a meditative quality to it that seems to stretch time. Long silences and a lack of background music characterise most of the scenes, and the understated acting only enhances the minimal nature of the film.

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