Certificate: UA
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.

3

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.

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