Mulk Movie Review

  • Release Date  : 03/08/2018
  • Genre              : Drama
  • Cast                   : Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor
  • Director          : Anubhav Sinha
  • Duration         : 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Language        : Hindi

Director Anubhav Sinha sets out to lay bare the prejudice that often precedes people’s perception of the Muslim community in our country. The movie is about the youngest son of a Muslim family settled in Benaras gets involved in terrorist activities, leading to a bomb blast massacre. His actions have an adverse effect on the family who are left to defend themselves as people who are innocent and not anti-nationals.

The patriarch of the family, Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor) is a well-respected lawyer who has Hindu friends in the mohallas of Benaras. His daughter-in-law, Aarti Mohammed, (Taapsee Pannu), is also a Hindu. Following a bomb blast, which kills several people Murad Ali’s younger brother’s son, Shahid Mohammed (Prateik Babbar) becomes a suspected terrorist but refuses to surrender to the police.  The family’s friends from other faiths also turn foes, and Murad Ali has no other option but to defend his brother and prove that they are as loyal and as patriotic as anybody else in the country.

Mulk throws light on how people fall prey to political agendas that intend to divide the country on the basis of ‘us’ vs ‘them’. Through the dialogue-heavy narrative, the film reiterates for the umpteenth time, that terrorism has no religion. Rishi Kapoor as the patriarch performs his role with restraint and nuance. Taapsee Pannu as the daughter-in-law shines in the courtroom scenes. In the supporting cast, Manoj Pahwa, Neena Gupta and Ashutosh Rana are competent. Definitely watch it.