Bold, socially relevant, complex, timely, impactful and poignant. Columnist Riccha Grrover review the film MULK for Asian Lite News UK.
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Screenplay: Anubhav Sinha
Producers: Anubhav Sinha, Deepak Mukut
Music composed by: Anurag Saikia, Mangesh Dhakde
Bollywood veteran Rishi Kapoor teams up with actress Taapsee Pannu for Mulk, directed by Anubhav Sinha, produced by Deepak Mukut and distributed by Zee Studios International.
Mulk follows the story of a Muslim family, headed by Rishi Kapoor’s character. The family’s son has been accused of planning a terrorist attack and, as people begin to turn on them, courtroom proceedings begin. Defending them is their Hindu daughter-in-law, played by Taapsee Pannu.
Shot in Benaras and Lucknow and based on a real-life story, Mulk revolves around the struggles of a Muslim joint family from a small town in India, who fight to reclaim their lost honour after a member of their family takes to terrorism.
Mulk also stars Rajat Kapoor, Prateik Babbar and Ashutosh Rana and released in cinemas on Friday, 3rd August 2018 – distributed by Zee Studios International.
Plot: Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor), a former-lawyer lives amiably with his family in a densely-populated diverse locality of Varanasi. His daily routine included a cup of tea from a tea stall managed and owned by one of his close Hindu friends and a brief chat session with his Hindu friends. His life is thrown into a tizzy when his nephew Shahid (Prateik Babbar) decides to go astray and join hands with a terrorist organization to plan a bomb-blast. While his brother Bilaal Ali Mohammed (Manoj Pahwa) is taken into a custody for questioning, Murad Ali and his Hindu daughter-in-law Aarti Mohammed (Taapsee Pannu) struggle to get their name cleared in the court of law. After the sudden passing of Bilal, Aarti takes the matter into her hands to get her father-in-law and his family acquitted of all the charges that were laid upon them on the basis of mere prejudice that all Muslims are breeders of terrorists and all the terrorists are Muslims and does so with aplomb.
The film zooms into some hard-hitting and burning issues and brings to fore certain faces of terrorism, which often gets brushed under the carpet.
The film is a must watch piece of meaningful cinema which is thought provoking and touching all at once. The acting is realistic, the characters portrayed are strong and the acting is intense and moving.
Full marks to the film for relevance, direction and true to life bold acting which comes across very sincere as protagonists delve into issues and layers of terrorism and religious persuasion along with issues of communal harmony or lack of it.
The film takes the audience from bewilderment, to evoking anger to eventual resolve of the moral social and political dilemmas. Rishi Kapoor turns in a very dignified performance in a movie with strong twists and turns by the ensemble cast.
Mulk feels like a breath of fresh air in polarised times such as the ones we are living in. A great message on peaceful coexistence of religions and cultures and about testifying faith in the concept of unity in diversity in the indian context also relevant in a macro global sense.
Asian lite Rating: All 5 stars!
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