“Shahid” director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary.
Released in 2013, “Shahid” is based on the true story of Azmi. He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010.
Rajkummar essayed the role of Azmi in the film and won the best actor National award.
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“Remembering Shahid Azmi. Thank you,” Mehta wrote on Twitter alongside a photograph of Azmi.
Remembering Shahid Azmi. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/PAdArkR0jN
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) February 11, 2016
Rajkummar thanked Mehta on Twitter for “sharing” Azmi’s story.
“Remembering our hero Shahid on his death anniversary. You will always be in our thoughts. Thank you @mehtahansal sir for sharing his story,” he wrote.
Remembering our Hero Shahid on his death anniversary. You will always be in our thoughts. Thank u @mehtahansal sir for sharing his story.
— Raj Kummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) February 11, 2016
From attempting to become a terrorist, to being wrongly imprisoned under a draconian anti-terrorism law, to becoming a champion of human rights, “Shahid” traces the inspiring personal journey of a boy who became an unlikely messiah for human rights.
The duo of Mehta and Rajkummar are now awaiting the release of “Aligarh”, which features actor Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role.
The film is based on a real-life incident of professor Ramchandra Siras from Aligarh Muslim University, whose privacy was breached when he was reportedly caught in a homosexual act in a video.
“Aligarh” is set to release on February 26.