Mulk Review & Rating
Mulk Review: A Well Balanced And Essential Film Of Our Times
A country is inhabited by millions of people and is comprised of various religions and ethnicities. Anubhav Sinha's Mulk has given newspaper ads with a controversial statement saying that non-muslims feel uncomfortable when a Muslim family becomes their neighbors. Is it really so? Mulk is the story about a country which is said to be a crossroads and is communally divided.
It is said that the story of Mulk is actually based on a real-life instance where a father refused to accept the dead body of his son, who was allegedly a terrorist. And here the patriarch of the family is the veteran Rishi Kapoor and the wayward son who has terrorist links is played by Prateik Babbar. Tapsee Pannu joins the cast as a Hindu daughter-in-law of the family, Aarti Mohammed. Btw, Rishi Kapoor is Murad Ali Mohammed, a well-respected lawyer.
Murad Ali Muhammad, a former-lawyer lives amiably in a densely-populated locality of Hindu pilgrimage Varanasi. His daily routine included a cup of tea from a Chaurasiya Tea Stall and a brief chat session with his Hindu friends and of course, why not? His life is thrown into a tizzy when his nephew Shahid, son of his younger brother decides to go astray and join hands with a terrorist organization.
While his brother Bilal Ali played by an intense Manoj Pahwa is taken into a custody for questioning, Murad Ali and his Hindu daughter-in-law Aarti struggle to get their name cleared in the court. After the sudden death 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. How that happens and in what way the honor of the family restored forms the crux of the story.
A delicate subject. Very delicate. To add fuel to the fire, the director made controversial statements. May not be to gain attention to his film. But they are not in good taste too. But his directing of the film is sure-handed. The dealing of the subject is balancing for the most part. The way he set the tone and narrated the film is clap-worthy. If only... The best part of Mulk is: there's no unnecessary added sheen. The proceedings appear organic.
But coming to the good things, Mulk is a no-nonsense movie which doesn't deviate from the subject. The existing prejudices in India(?) and other countries regarding the Muslim community is the sole theme of the film. It’s as real and hard-hitting as a purely content-driven film should be.
Right from the first few minutes of the film, Mulk takes you on a journey that has sufferings and a lot of sufferings of the Muhammad family. You can feel yourself stepping into the shoes of the Muhammad family and the bigotry they face in the hands of the very people they called their own a mere few days ago.
Rishi Kapoor is stellar as the patriarch of a Mulsim family in the struggle for the honor. Right from his makeover to his dialogue delivery via his expressions, he formed the backbone of this serious socio-political drama. performs his role with restraint and nuance. Tapsee Pannu who is seen in substantial roles these days got yet another meaty role. She is competent enough. But she struggled with scenes where she has to deliver lengthy monologues. Prateik Babbar is the only miscast in the film.
Neena Gupta as the mother-in-law of the Hindu born daughter-in-law is a treat. Ashutosh Rana has a tendency to go over the top at times but here he doesn't cross the boundaries to get into melodrama. It seems he enjoys playing the counsel for the prosecution.
Rajat Kapoor plays the complex character of a Muslim anti-terror specialist who is at the risk of becoming the monster he wants to kill but gets a chance at redemption. He gets the nuances right and turns it into a memorable performance. Manoj Pahwa, who is shown to have burrowed himself in a morass of grief after his son's death but whose loyalty towards his elder brother remains intact is good.
Talking about the technicalities of the film, the music by Prasad Sashte is underwhelming. The background score by Anurag Saikia is mediocre at best. Though the actors didn't go overboard, the music director did. The cinematography is terrific and captures the chaos in a commendable manner. The brightness of the Benaras streets that shriek communal harmony is soon turned into a gloom that leaves the audience with an eerie feeling. The production design is done with a purpose.
On a whole, if not for the controversial statements and ads by the makers and unnecessary molasses added in the lead to the release of the movie, Mulk is a well-balanced film which talks for the Muslims who feel they are treated with doubts. of course, there is a bit of reality in it. Not everything is rosy. Stellar cast performance and no nonsense narration make Mulk a memorable film of the class of Garam Hawa and Naseem. Anubhav Sinha made this film fortunately with a commercial orientation which does not detract the audience.
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Mulk starring Rishi Kapoor in the lead role supported by the girl in form, Tapsee Pannu will hit the screens tomorrow. Populated by a host of talented actors, the movie talks about a Muslim family which has to regain honour in India after a family member becomes a terrorist. The movie is getting a positive word of mouth from the early viewers with the preview shows are underway. The movie is said to be very balanced. According to the public, Anubhav Sinha's performance packs a surprise.
Mulk is said to be a jolting reminder of the current day socio-political scenario. Rishi Kapoor's performance as Murad Ali Mohammed is superb. Rest of the cast did a commendable job. Some of the views expressed say that every Indian must watch the movie. Mulk is an eye-opening film.
Mulk is termed as a bold hard-hitting drama with an essential message. The movie is loved by the audience and by the time credits roll, they started to clap. Strong drama and power packed performances added value to strong drama. But there are few negative comments like they director failed to cater to any one of the communities and failed to create a lasting impact.
But the reviews which are positive are unanimous about one thing. The movie is a bold and hard-hitting reality. Mulk is a solid film talking about an important issue in the most direct and honest way. The country needs to watch it. Brilliant direction by Anubhav Sinha. It is a persuasive plea for the unity among the Indians.
But the negative reactions are equally strong. Some even seem satirical about the way regular reviewers complain about lack of entertainment. Powerful writing, strong acting by Rishi Kapoor, Tapsee Pannu, Manoj Pahwa, Ashutosh Rana, Rajat Kapoor, Kumud Mishra, Prateik Babbar and Prachee Shah Paandya are excellent.
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