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Movie Review: Mulk

August 3rd, 2018 | by vBollywood Author
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Movie: Mulk
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee, Ashutosh Rana, Rajat Kapoor, Manoj Pahwa, Neena Gupta, Kumud, Prateik
Writer: Anubhav Sinha
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Our rating: 3.5/5
Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MjC30zo1KA

Mulk is intense with Rishi Kapoor’s presence, hearty performance by Taapsee, excellence by Ashutosh Rana and Manoj Pahwa.

Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor) is a small-time lawyer living in his family house in Varanasi which has been there since before the partition. Just like any other Muslim in India, Murad Ali is someone who has a Hindu best friend. He seems to have some personal grudges with his brother, Bilaal Mohammed (Manoj Pahwa).

Bilaal’s son Shahid (Prateik Babbar) gets influenced and provoked by an alleged terrorist to plant a bomb blast for the sake of his religion’s good. The entire family of Murad Ali comes under the radar of police. Displaying the juvenile mentality of people around them & in the court, the story moves forward when Hindu daughter-in-law Aarti (Taapsee Pannu) of Murad Ali’s Muslim family defends them in the court.

Mulk is directed by Anubhav Sinha and had finalised the final script of Mulk after going through 13-14 drafts of it. He also met director Shoojit Sircar with the script and said that it is one of his best written works. The film is indeed Sinha’s best written work and one of the best to come out of Indian cinema. Mulk showcases the dark, gritty, disturbing, intriguing and the most importantly the entertaining aspect.

Right from hearing the sound of an Azaan with the mesmerizing visuals of Ganga river, the film is great at presenting strong arguments in court about Hindu and Muslims. Mulk has a surprise effect on audience, the dialogues are powerful, the courtroom drama is well written and extremely power-packed  with Sinha’s stalwart script.

Mulk has a great performance by someone like Rishi Kapoor in lead role. His portrayal of Murad Ali Mohammed is exceptional. The actor is in his character, and gives a great flow to the story. Rishi Kapoor has mastered every aspect of playing the role in the film. Taapsee Pannu is talented and gives a splendid touch to the saga. We also have Ashutosh Rana who nails his scenes with the courtroom drama. He creates the necessary menace throughout the film and that wicked smile of his is perfection along with brilliance. Manoj Pahwa has given the outstanding bit to the emotional scenes. Rajat Kapoor makes his presence felt and adds his unique elements making the scenes good. Kumud Mishra as the judge has various hilarious interruptions while in session. Neena Gupta as Rishi Kapoor’s wife is exceptional, mainly in emotional scenes. Prateik Babbar has given a decent role with limited screen time. Prachee Shah Paandya conveys well and in just couple of scenes, she  is able to leave a massive impact with her acting. Vartika Singh as Aayat delivers an unusual performance. Ashrut Jain, too, does well as Rashid. Even doing well is enough in a movie like Mulk with various performers.

Anubhav Sinha is the salient winner of the film. He has not just executed the film with perfection, but made Mulk, a thriller. With moments that might disturbing, the film has a logic that is talked about. Mangesh Dhakde’s background score is in sync with the mood. It is dark and intense throughout the timeline of Mulk. With just 3 songs, out of which 2 are played in the background we hear Sunidhi Chauhan’s Thenge Se. Shakeel Azmi has written the lyrics in the songs. Vishal Dadlani’s Khudara is good and offers support to the happenings.

Mulk is dark. bold and gutsy. It is thought provoking and raises valid question about humanity.

Mulk releases on 3rd August, 2018.

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