Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Rajat Kapoor, Prateik Babbar, Ashutosh Rana, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Imagine a family which is the muslim version of the typical Sooraj Barjatya family where everyone is always together and then the neighbourhood is also more or less parked with them in parties. Two boys are getting radicalized in a house which does not exactly have a Karan Johar movie style mansion space. Yet no one in this house discovers anything. A terrorist who is responsible for a cold blooded bomb blast in a bus which has left 16 dead is firing away at the security forces which can kill them the security officer kills him in obvious self defence. In the end this by the book security force officer is given a lecture on all encompassing peace and love by the protagonist and he is shown repenting –you see he made an error of doing his job for the country. When this terrorist is being shot and he is dying we are shown his childhood footage where he is shouting abbu abbu sweetly.
The director wanted you to cry as if Jaidev in Sholay’s climax was being killed.So much for making a movie which wants us to wake up to terror and related issues seriously. Wanted to write my foot in addition here but then I wouldn’t give my left foot ,smalled toe nail for this content. My foot is too precious a reaction for such moments rich cinema. The entire court room drama is a joke where no evidence or concrete facts our discussed , if they are those moments are few and far in between. Instead the two lawyers get into high pitched ideology centric positioning and the judge is playing well judge on this. Mulk is the biggest sham this year in the name of intelligent cinema. It has situations unexplained and it totally focuses on a victimized family , which is fine since that is the theme of the movie but when dealing with such a sensitive issue the director should have balanced the narrative.
Forget the balance the whole movie is a bunch of characters which you would have seen in movies before this one. The whole movie tries to drive sympathy for the family and as a result more than half of the time camera moves from one sad face of the family to the other in slow pace. Yes that is Anubhav Sinha’s idea of building a brooding atmosphere. Think action movie directors indulging too much in slow motion moments in a movie. Same difference. You want to watch better stuff on victimized minorities from bollywood then go vists Raj kumar Santoshi’s Khakee or Akshay Kumar’s Jolly LLB2 . Those had thrill and message of unity far better delivered. This one is a work of a director high on pot and trying intellectual cinema when his record of potboilers is rank iffy. My rating half star that too for the sincerity of Rishi Kapoor. Stay away from this one.
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