Mulk Story: As the younger son of a Muslim family settled in Benaras gets associated with terrorists activities, prompting a bomb blast killing innocents. His activities adversely affect the family who are left to protect themselves as individuals who are blameless and not against nationals.
Mulk Review: Director Anubhav Sinha embarks to uncover the bias that regularly goes before one’s perception of the Muslim community in our nation. The patriarch of the family, Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor) is an all around regarded lawyer who has Hindu friends in the mohallas of Benaras. His daughter in-law, Aarti Mohammed, (Taapsee Pannu), is additionally a Hindu.
Following a bomb blast, which slaughters several people, Murad Ali’s younger brother’s son, Shahid Mohammed (Prateik Babbar) becomes a suspected terrorist yet declines to surrender to the police. The horrendous event changes the lives of everybody in the family and Shahid’s dad, Bilal Mohammed (Manoj Pahwa) is taken into police custody under doubt of being engaged with terrorist activities. The family’s friends from different religions additionally turn adversaries, and Murad Ali has no other choice however to protect his brother and show that they are as steadfast and as patriotic as any other person in the nation.
Mulk tosses light on how individuals fall prey to political conspiracies or play that plan to partition the nation based on ‘us’ versus ‘them’. Through the strong dialogue delivery, the film emphasizes for the umpteenth time, that terrorism has no religion. The first half is slow paced yet what truly works for the film is the emotional court scenes, which will influence you to think about the Islamophobia that exists around us. Some of the time without us being insightful of it.
Rishi Kapoor as the patriarch plays out his part with restriction and subtlety. The fine actor conveys gravitas to his depiction of a Muslim man who refuses to succumb to the polarities manifested by both Hindus and Muslims. But, knows that he needs to demonstrate his adoration for his nation certain. Prateik Babbar as a youthful Muslim kid who deliberately includes himself in a fear based oppressor act notwithstanding being brought up in a family, which has no fidelity to hostile to national notions is miscast. Taapsee Pannu as the daughter in-law sparkles in the court scenes yet now and again, she flounders at conveying extensive monologue. In the supporting cast, Manoj Pahwa, Neena Gupta and Ashutosh Rana are skillful enough too.
It’s indeed a good watch to mull over the religious issues our country is still facing!