MumbaiActor Rajkummar Rao, filmmaker Hansal Mehta and writer-editor Apoorva Asrani on Monday celebrated eight years of their acclaimed biographical drama Shahid and said the 2013 film was a life-changing experience for the team.
Based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was murdered in Mumbai in 2010, the film also starred Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Prabhleen Sandhu and Baljinder Kaur.
Rao, who won a National Award for his performance in the titular role, shared a note to mark the occasion on Instagram. “#Shahid 8 years of this beautiful film. It is not just a film for us, it is a feeling for all of us who were involved in making this film. To begin with my friend, father, brother, director So many people to thank @hansalmehta sir,” wrote the actor.
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Rao went on to star in acclaimed films like Queen, Trapped and reunited with Mehta for Citylights, Aligarh (2015) and Omerta in 2018. Both also worked in last year’s jump.
Shahid proved to be a turning point for Mehta after several series like Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!, Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? and ashes. The filmmaker wrote, “The film that gave me my voice. Eternal gratitude to the team that made it. #8YearsofShahid.”
The film was jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap and Sunil Bohra under the banner of UTV Spotboye along with Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur.
Asrani, who co-wrote and edited the film, wrote on Twitter how Shahid was instrumental in changing the lives of many. “#Shaheed is the true story of a man who stood alone against an oppressive system. The film was made with pure love and passion and changed the lives of many people including me. Captain @mehtahansal, @RajkummarRao & ours Eternal gratitude to the wonderful team. #8 years of Shahid,” he wrote.
Rao will next be seen in the family comedy Hum Do Hamari Do, which co-stars Paresh Rawal, Ratna Pathak Shah and Kriti Sanon. Meanwhile, Mehta awaits the release of his next feature film, Faraz, based on the 2016 Bangladesh terror attack.