Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa, Neena Gupta, Prachee Shah Pandya, Vartika Singh, Ashrut Jain, Indraneil Sengupta
Release date: 3 August 2018
Running Time: 140 Minutes
One family member try to help her own family that trapped in a dark controversy.
Mulk is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Anubhav Sinha. Shot in Benaras and Lucknow, Mulk is the story of a Muslim family trying to reclaim it’s lost honour and is scheduled to have it’s theatrical release on 3 August 2018.
Mulk Movie Development:
A newspaper report read by Anubhav Sinha became the point of origin of Mulk and prompted him to develop an idea which he shared with his friends for their feedback. After receiving a positive response from his friends he began scripting the film. After writing 13-14 drafts of the film, Anubhav began narrating the story to his friends in the film industry, one of them being director Shoojit Sircar. Shoojit found the story to be one of the best written works of Anubhav and requested him to not reconsider this project and instead go ahead with it.
The actors were given a preparation time of three months to get familiar with the roles they were playing. Prateik Babbar, who was to play the role of a misguided young man was asked to watch the documentary Among the Believers and read extensively about David Headley, who is an American terrorist of Pakistani origin. For an appropriate portrayal of court room proceedings, Tapsee Pannu and Ashutosh Rana who play defence lawyer and public prosecutor respectively in the film were provided guidance by retired High Court Judge Nadeem Siddiqi from Lucknow for their court room sequences. A religious Muslim scholar from Malihabad was called in to supervise the Muslim rituals involving Rishi Kapoor in the film.
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Mulk Movie Review:
Rishi Kapoor’s film is a powerful tale, poorly told
Mulk is a film you really want to like. It is an important film in a disturbing time; a voice of reason in chaos. It has strong performances — Rishi Kapoor as Murad Ali Mohammed, a Muslim patriarch fighting for the dignity of his family; Taapsee Pannu as Aarti Malhotra, Murad’s daughter-in-law, who argues their case in court; Rajat Kapoor as an anti-terror cop.
It attacks Islamophobia by arguing against the common prejudices. It counters propaganda of hate efficiently with facts and emotion. It is also true to its context. The sets of the film don’t lie. The police stations, courtrooms and streets transport you small-town Uttar Pradesh.
Like a lot of stories burdened with a purpose, Mulk is a slow starter. The characters are introduced with humour and warmth in an attempt to make them endearing.
But there is a crucial element of storytelling missing — surprise. In this 140-minute courtroom drama set in Varanasi, every situation seems to have been engineered to say the ‘right’ things. And there’s nothing you haven’t heard before.
Like a lot of stories burdened with a purpose, Mulk is a slow starter. It takes us to the mansion of a Muslim family in Varanasi, ahead of a party. The characters are introduced with humour and warmth in an attempt to make them endearing, but despite the acting prowess of Kapoor and Neena Gupta, who plays his wife, the script gives them and us little to work with.
Scenes like that of a Hindu neighbour who likes to try non-veg dishes when visiting, intended to be funny, fall flat and contrived.
The narrative gathers pace and flesh in the courtroom. Ashutosh Rana plays an Islamophobic public prosecutor to perfection and you’re on the edge of your seat with apprehension as he makes his opening statement. Pannu and Kapoor arguing on behalf of the family are strong too.
This film takes an important step in defining terrorism and underlining the differences between a suspect and a criminal. It succeeds in intent and purpose, but sadly fails when it comes to storytelling.