Director: Anubhav Sinha
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Tapsee Pannu, Rajat Kapur, Prateik Babbar, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa, Neena Gupta, Kumd Mishra, Ashrut Jain
Story: Anubhav Sinha
Deepak Mukut and Anubhav Sinha’s MULK is story about a family trapped in dark controversies. The 140 minute film covers all the dimensions of the theme. MULK is a compelling, engaging and courageous drama. Mulk revolves around a Muslim joint family based in a Hindudominated locality of Varanasi. The patriarch, Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor), is a reputed lawyer and commands respect of his neighbours who cut across religions and professions. Life takes an ugly turn when his nephew Shahid (Prateik Babbar) is declared a terrorist and killed in an encounter by Anti-Terrorist Squad official Danish Javed (Rajat Kapoor). Shahid’s father and Murad’s younger brother Bilal (Manoj Pahwa) are arrested on charges of being an accomplice in his son’s unlawful activities. Murad represents his brother in the court before he is also dragged into the case as an accused by the prosecution lawyer (Ashutosh Rana). Murad’s Hindu daughter-in-law Aarti Mohammed (Taapsee Pannu) then takes charge of the case and vows to get justice for her family. While the first half is a family drama, the second is populated by intense courtroom scenes. Every few minutes something or the other takes place and makes the movie highly engaging and intriguing. But it is unfair to jump to a conclusion that the film relies only on the courtroom tension for drama. The family dynamics between Aarti and her husband, and Malik and Bilal provide many more conflicts for the audience to chew on.
Technically the film is good, Cinematography by Ewan Mulligan is very nice, he has captured Varanasi brilliantly; the beautiful shots of Saffron walls and shots of mosques and the larger films of the theme. Music is okay, forgetful. Editing is crisp. Performances wise all the actors in the film are at their best. Rishi Kapoor is brilliant; he displays the pain and anger effectively. Tapsee Pannu starts out tentative but grows into her part as she goes along, and has a terrific climactic turn. Pratiek Babbar is nice; it’s good to see him on screen, Neena Gupta is just amazing. Kumud Mishra as the judge does his job very well. Manoj Pahwa is outstanding, Ashutosh Rana plays his part well as usual, Rajat Kapoor is also very good.
Director has done a brilliant job; this is Anubhav Sinha’s best film so far. Sinha minces no words, and puts them all out front, loud and clear.
At the box-office
The film has opened to lukewarm response but has got a great word of mouth which should help the film in the coming days.