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  • Mulk Review

    Avipsha Sengupta (344,799 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - August 02, 2018 10:23 AM IST
    3.2DM (13164 ratings)

    Verdict - Mulk Is Not A Particularly Well Made Film, But For Once It Is About What It Says Rather Than How It Is Said

    MulkWatch trailerRelease date : August 03, 2018

    How often have we made a casual joke about a group that we do not
    consider ourselves a part of? How often have we avoided sitting beside
    a kurta clad bearded man in public transport? How often have we
    reveled in our progressiveness because we have a Muslim friend?
    Islamophobia is not breaking masjids or killing innocent Muslim but
    rather a feeling of 'them' and 'us' that has been ingrained in us for
    a long time.
    It is exactly these daily prejudices and the horrible summation of
    these tricky equations that Anubhav Sinha attempts to explore in his
    new directorial Mulk.
    The story of the film is fairly simple. A son of a Muslim family from
    Benaras gets lured into 'jihad' becomes the main accomplice in a blast
    that kills 16 civillians, gets killed in an encounter and the family
    and especially the father and his elder brother is hounded by law to
    prove that this is a family that is in bed with terrorism.
    In a very smart manner the backdrop of the story has been kept Benaras
    where 'aarti' of the mandir of the gully minges with the 'azaan' of
    the masjid. It is this same gully that Ali Mohammed played by a
    stupendous Rishi Kapoor sits with Chaubey for his morning chai on his
    way back from namaaz and celebrates his 65th birthday with Sonkar and
    other people from the mohalla who have their own filters. Some hasve
    no qualms coming to a Muslim household for celebration but won't eat
    there, some eats kebab and korma in hiding and claims to be a
    vegetarian in-front of the wife.
    But when the tragedy strikes, suddenly things become us v/s them.
    Interestingly enough the daughter-in-law of the house, who is also a
    firebrand lawyer is a Hindu woman named Aarti played by Tapsee Pannu,
    who is visting the family from London where she stays with his husband
    and another son of the house Aftab and both of them are facing a rough
    time in their marriage as Aftab is keen deciding the religion of their
    baby before it is born. Although not very integral to the plot, it
    adds a layer to the storythat is interesting. Forget all pf Tapsee's
    other performances, because there is a particuar scene is the film
    where she is passionately trying to prove this dynamic of us v/s them
    in the court while tackling a horrible emotional meltdown and it is
    this scene that she should be remembered for as an actress.
    After the tragedy befalls and stuns this household, the majority of
    the film plays out as a court-room drama and a pretty powerful one at
    that. Ashutosh Rana as the public prosecuter is the mirror image of
    the presumption and bias that we reflect but do not accept. On paper
    we claim to respect all religions but somewhere in the back of our
    head have our biases in place which rears its ugly head everytime the
    dynamic of them and us is tested.
    One of the most applude worthy effort of the movie is its take on
    terrorism and its impact. We see the investgating officer of the case
    Danish Javed, played by Rajat Kapoor, who wants this case to be an
    example as he is tired of the prejudices that people have against his
    religion and thus considers encounter of Shahid to be the right path
    instead of arresting him. It also raises a very pertinent question as
    to our definition of terrorism. Is untouchability, casteism not a form
    a terrorism? Or have we come to equate religion with terrorism?
    There is a particular scene in the film where Rishi Kapoor says that
    the only way you can prove your love is by loving someone. People of a
    community that we have systematically been biased and prejudiced
    against in this country are the same people who chose their love for
    this country above their love for their religion when the partion
    happened, and as he puts it another brilliant court room scene, if we
    can't spot the difference between the beard of Osama Bin Laden and a
    Ali Mohammed from Benaras, the onus is on us to change our perception
    and not on them to prove otherwise. We are not really doing them favor
    by welcoming them, because they do not need a welcome in their own
    house and country.
    Cinematically Mulk is far from being flawless. There are unimportant
    layers, disjointed flow and even one can see Anubahv Sinha trying too
    hard to drive a point home by either spoonfeeding or at times over
    dramaisation. But Mulk deserves an applaud for the point it makes and
    perhaps should not be judged for the way the point is made.
    Apart from the lead cast, Kumud Mishra as the judge, in his limited
    role, reminds us why he is an actor you can always depend on and Neena
    Gupta as the Ali Mohammad's wife is effortless as usual. It is through
    the help of this stupendous supporting cast that include Prachi Shah
    and Manoj Pahwa as well, Anubhav Sinha makes you feel the fear,
    insecurities and tragedies that the family deals with.

    Going beyond the Hindu-Muslim crisis, Mulk is a film about how
    strongly prejudices impact our perceptions and it is for this and this
    alone, it is a film that deserves not only to be watched but even
    talked about, because it is not only high time but rather we are
    actively late.

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