• The film itself is brave and unflinching, and oozes the kind of sincerity that you long for in most Hindi films. I’m going with four out of five for Hansal Mehta’s ‘Shahid’. Well made, and gripping till the very end.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    If Mehta directs unsparingly, Raj Kumar Yadav acts unflinchingly. His Shahid is a man who grows in front of us, the audience. He does a course correction and changes direction. For a Hindi film protagonist, this kind of arc is rare. So is this story, which calls a spade a shovel, and names names.

  • Khalid Mohamed
    Khalid Mohamed
    Deccan Chronicle


    Shahid will not be forgotten. Catch the film right now.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra


    Ultimately however, Shahid is Raj Kumar’s triumph. His Shahid has strength, anguish and a controlled anger but also real charm. His smile lights up the frame.

    See Shahid for him. I’m going with three and a half stars.

  • Shahid, after all, is the story of every Indian citizen who gets overwhelmed by their own circumstances, go astray and yet come back to do what their conscience asks them to do.

    Don’t miss the film.

  • Go and watch the film – it is one of the most important films to come out of Mumbai in a long, long time.
    Shahid deserves more than just a standing ovation. It deserves accolades for standing up to be counted and narrating the kind of story that is usually buried under mainstream media cacophony.

  • Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Times Of India


    Raj Kumar is superb; he peels layers to strip to the core of his character. He magnifies the most intense scenes with sheer brilliance of an understated, realistic performance. It warrants applause. And an unadulterated encore. Catch it if real cinema is what you crave.

  • Tushar Joshi
    Tushar Joshi
    DNA India


    Shahid shakes you from within compelling you to think, something not many films can boast of doing these days. A compulsory watch for anyone who relishes intelligent cinema.

  • Rohit Khilnani
    Rohit Khilnani
    India Today


    Clearly Hansal Mehta has put in his best and has managed to touch the right chord with the viewer. This is his best work so far!

    Shahid will take you by surprise. Book your tickets now because a film like this is rare! It’s a must watch!

  • Shahid Azmi should be one of the most memorable dissidents of recent times and Hansal Mehta’s film Shahid does justice in paying the perfect tribute to the slain activist! Quite aptly named, Sahid did turn out to be an angel for many who were serving years behind the bars based on needless false accusations! The film is a gripping-ly told story of courage that ends on a pertinent note teaching us the crucial lesson about the dichotomy of right and wrong. It is extremely essential in a multifaceted country like ours to be fair and the film subtly preaches the diktats of the man – the film pays tribute to – who was haplessly slain at the tender age of 32! It is a captivating film that makes me assign a 3.5/5 for this one! Some stories have that enchanting quality in them and Shahid stands as one of the potent examples in recent times.

  • Faheem Ruhani
    Faheem Ruhani
    India Today


    An honest film made on a difficult subject like this is rare to find. Not many in the Bollywood factory would want to touch a subject like this. Do yourself a favour – watch Shahid, you will come out enriched!

  • Suhani Singh
    Suhani Singh
    India Today


    Traditionally, Bollywood is known to turn biopics into hagiographic accounts of the subjects. But Shahid stops short of hero worship and is a fitting tribute to an inspiring figure.

  • Taran Adarsh
    Taran Adarsh
    Bollywood Hungama


    SHAHID is a brave film. Its gripping story, exceptional execution and bravura performances continue to reverberate much after the screening is over. Strongly recommended!

  • Sachin Chatte
    Sachin Chatte
    The Navhind Times


    Full credit goes to Hansal Mehta and his team for crafting a superior film. Apart from the screenplay, it is the acting which deserves an applause. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as the brother is a natural born actor and surely we’ll see more of him in the days to come. The star though is Raj Kumar Yadav who had delivered one of the best performances of the year. Shahid deals with issues that concern all of us, those who are concerned about any such things, should not miss this film.

  • Rummana Ahmed
    Rummana Ahmed
    Yahoo! India


    … is a compelling story, intense and engaging, definitely a must watch.

  • Book your tickets, first day, first show! Cinema at its best.

  • Watch this movie if you have the appetite and sense to digest certain gritty, uncomfortable realities. Not often do we get the opportunity to watch a relevant movie that depicts the times we live in, with unblinking directness. But if you think movies are just about shallow entertainment, and truth makes you uncomfortable, then don’t bother.

  • Unlike the commercial hogwash that sloshes around movie screens every week, Shahid is a brave and ballsy film made for grown-ups who like a little intelligence in their entertainment.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta


    Shahid is a well-made and well-enacted film but it has very limited appeal. It is basically for the high-gentry audience who frequent high-end multiplexes in the big cities only. It will have to depend almost totally on mouth publicity to make a mark. Its low budget is a big point in its favour.

  • Mansha Rastogi
    Mansha Rastogi


    Shahid is not just gritty and gripping but also a highly inspirational and emotionally stirring. One of the must watch films of the year.

  • Geeta Masurekar
    Geeta Masurekar


    …this is a fearless movie about a brave soul who lived for what he believed was right. You’ll definitely be compelled to know more about Shahid Azmi once you watch Shahid! Intelligence mixed with entertainment, SHAHID can’t be missed for anything!

  • Shahid is an admirable project, but as a biopic, it is far short of a masterpiece.

  • Aniruddha Guha
    Aniruddha Guha


    Watch Shahid for its indie charm and a fantastic performance by Raj Kumar.

  • …salutes the man who walked a unique path, almost as if he were destined. Powerful, engaging and thought-provoking, the film does full justice to the man and his extraordinary life. Watch!

  • …it isn’t often that the conviction and passion of the director and his team shines through in a film that clearly faced a number of obstacles in its making. Just for that, Shahid is a film that deserves to be seen on the big screen.

  • Karan Anshuman
    Karan Anshuman
    Mumbai Mirror


    Unlike lead actors in Hindi films who attempt to shine through their sheer energy, or by underplaying, or simply carrying off a certain look; Raj Kumar Yadav bares his soul like few others have in the past.

  • It’s in how Mehta captures the psyche of the Indian Muslim in the changing, increasingly polarised India. Shahid’s lower-middle-class Muslim family, its highs and lows, toget­herness and differences, are portrayed with war­mth and simplicity.