Synopsis: Shahid traces the true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi. From attempting to become a terrorist to being wrongly imprisoned under a draconian anti-terrorism law to becoming a criminal lawyer Shahid traces the inspiring personal journey of a boy who became an unlikely messiah for human rights while following the rise of communal violence in India. This story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rising above his circumstances is an inspiring testament to the human spirit.
Director(s): Hansal Mehta
Production: UTV
  9 wins & 7 nominations.
129 min

Come in.

What was so urgent?

Inder, get some water.

You could have come in the morning?




What does it mean?

I don't understand English well.

By showing me injustice..

..God taught me about justice.

By inflicting pain and suffering..

..He gave me the courage to fight.

He taught me to help the helpless

A criminal has no religion.

Eventually both the killer

and his victim are human.


Did I say too much?

Never forget this

(Voice on walkie-talkie)

Come in. Kill "those" bastards.

I haven't had any sleep.

Kill the bastards.

Mother, where's my shirt?

It's right there

I can't find it

look carefully, son

Press it like this

and take it out this way.

Done that.

Vvhe re you going?

Shahid, where are you going?


Shahid, where are you going son?

Coming mother


Where is Shahid?

Mother, open the door.

I think it's Shahid.

Please let me in.

Mother, it is Shahid.

Get out of the way.

Why did you go out?

Why did he go out?

Everything's been set ablaze.

They are killing women, children..

They will destroy everything.

Are you alright?

Okay. Be quiet.

Mother, Shahid is back

Shahid, what took you so long son?

We've been waiting

What about your exams?

Are you prepared, son?

Come on, freshen up.

- Let me talk to him.

He just returned from our

village let him freshen up first.

Let him rest for a while.

He has returned after a long time.

Shut up!

I haven't told them where you were.

Shahid, switch off the lights.

I can't sleep.

Just a minute.

Switch it off.

Did we ask you to stay

this long in the village?

Quiet. I have work in the morning.

Now study.

Shahid, what is this?

Switch off the light.

Shut up all of you.

Go to sleep. Stop creating a ruckus.

Shahid, switch off the light.

Just a little while longer.

- Shahid, do it now.

Go to sleep!

Driving me insane.

Just shut up and come with us.

- I've done nothing sir. Honestly

My son has done nothing, sir.

He has a job.

What do you need to know from him?

We just want to question him.

Get out of the way

Shahid, they are taking

your brother away.

Who the hell are you nov

Shahid, move aside.

You are Shahid?

Leave that guy.

Take this one in. He is our man.

He hasn't done anything wrong.

Get in the f***ing car!

What are you staring at?

Come on let's go home.

Tell me now motherf***er.

Sit straight and stop crying.

3 terrorists.

You don't recognize them?


Did a cat get your tongue?

What about him?

Don't you recognize him?

I've done nothing, sir. I swear.

We found your phone number..

..In his f***ing diary.

How does he have your number?

Why not ask him, sir.

I've done nothing.

Shall I go to his grave to ask him?

You f***ing liar!

You thick skinned pig!


I'll piss on your face.

I swear I've done nothing sir

Sir, I am Arif.

Sit down, why are you standing?

Sir, actually I wanted a meeting

With whom? - With Shahid. My brother

Stand up.

Can't you hear me? Stand up.

He is no longer your brother.

He's now an enemy of the country.

Do you know what the

anti-terrorism act is?

Sir, I went to Arthur Road jail.

F*** Arthur Road jail!

Where have you come from?

Where do you live?

Sir, Bombay.

It's almost 6.

Take the next train to Bombay.

Come back in another 6 months

6 months? I've been coming everyday..

.. For several weeks

without an answer.

Are you doing us

a favor by coming here?

We didn't tell your brother

to join the terrorists.

Sir, he is not a terrorist...

Don't show off by

speaking in English.

If I speak English

you'll choke on your balls.

Why are you swearing at me?

I'm trying to be respectful.

All I want is to meet my brother

Just get the f*** out of here

Get out now!

What do you mean get out?

Get the f*** out of here.

You have no right

to treat me like this.

I'll show you 'rights'

when I break your face.

Don't talk 'rights' with me.

Throw the f***er out!

Listen brother.

Sign here

Take my advice and

you will be let off lightly

Or you may be stuck here forever.

Sign here.

Believe me.

I'm not your enemy, brother.

This is your only chance. Sign it

How is Shahid?

He is fine, mother

Do they still trouble him?


Do they still torture him?

He is absolutely fine.

Tell me.

Aren't you ashamed of yourself?

What happened?

Can't you hold on to

your fast for even 30 days?

What kind of Muslims are you?

Eating like gluttons

when you should be fasting..

..And you call yourselves Muslim

Stop staring. Stuff your faces!



I'm Omar Sheikh

I know. I've heard about you

What's your name?


You are really quiet...

I'm sorry about the other day

I tend to lose it during the Ramzan.

Firstly, you're starving...

..and then you see your

brethren hog before you

What can they do? The jail doesn't

allow them to follow

the Ramzan routine

We are just minorities.

Do YOU play chess?

So then lets play.

When? Now?

- Then when?

Lets go. Come.

I'm getting out of here

But your term is much longer?

They will do anything

to get me out of here

Hijack a plane,

take people hostage, anything

For whom? You or Masood?

Come with me.

Look at me.

Look at me, Shahid.


What do you think?

Will you ever get out of this place?


Tell me, when?

- No idea.

Arif, stop visiting me

You are wasting your time

What do you mean?

It's pointless.

It's a waste of time.

I'm trying to get you out, Shahid

I grow weak every time I see you.

I won't survive this

if you come again.

Don't come back again

Take care

So the 'Jihadi' likes to read?

I am not aJihadi

What was that?

Come again, what did you say?

I am not a 'Jihadi'

So you aspire to be one?

What do you know about me?

Birds of the same feather,

flock together..

So, you don't want to be one?

What flock?

The ones you play football with.

They are my friends.

They are nobody's friends..

They are smart people.

They know when to say what.

First, they will give

you a political lecture.

Then they will use you.

They believe they're

far superior to you.

I'm aware of Omar's oratory skills

He speaks well.

So what if he speaks well?

Omar knows Kabul has

more than just horses.


It's simple.

Gather all the asses around

and you automatically

end up as their leader.

How are you such an expert?

Because I know the

story of one such ass.



Greetings, sir.

Bless you.

This is Dr. Saxena.

A professor at Punjab University

Now let me introduce him.

He's a great guy.

He is Gulam Nabi War

He is opening a civil

services institute in Kashmir

Especially for the poor

I am helping him with his project

War's father owned a carpet factory

But all businessmen had to pay

a protection tax to the terrorists

War refused to pay once

and they had him framed.

And now he's serving time.

He is quite a short-tempered man.

His father died two months ago.

How can they just throw

people in jail without reason?

How far have you studied, Shahid?

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