One of the most burning issues of the country and the world for a long time is the perception of Muslims in the society. In India, extremely painful memories of the 1947 Partition fuel the Hindu-Muslim divide. Although these distances are decreasing with time, but in some places they are still present today. Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk, which released this week, tries to talk about this aspect in a very powerful way. So what, Anubhav Sinha manages to raise such sensitive issues in the best way or fails to leave any impact. Let’s review.
Mulk is the story of a family that faces a series of difficulties when one of them, is accused of being a terrorist. Murad Ali Mohammad (Rishi Kapoor) is a respected lawyer in Varanasi and he lives in his centuries-old mansion with his wife Badi Tabasum (Neena Gupta), brother Bilal (Manoj Pahwa), Bilal’s wife Chhoti Tabasum (Prachi Shah Pandiya), Bilal’s daughter. Ayat (Vartika Singh) and Bilal’s son lives with Shahid (Prateik Babbar) from Sukun. The entire Mohammed family plans a grand party on the 65th birthday of Murad Ali, the eldest member of the household. Meanwhile, his daughter-in-law Aarti (Taapsee Pannu), who is married to their younger son Aftab (Indranil Sengupta) and both of them live in London, comes from London and surprises him. On the same day as Murad Ali’s birthday, Shahid goes to see a cricket match in Kanpur as part of an argument. His family doesn’t even notice, and Shahid is brainwashed and implicated in a bomb blast in Allahabad, in which 16 people were killed. Shahid is seen in the CCTV footage and a search for him begins. Police officer Danish Javed (Rajat Kapoor) finds him and sets out to prove him as a terrorist. Mohammad Ali, a lawyer by profession, is deeply broken by this news. Bilal is also accused of helping Shahid with the terrorist attack and is also arrested. After this, the entire Mohammad family will have to watch the entire film for how Taapsee Pannu can save their lawyer daughter-in-law.
Anubhav Sinha’s story is superb and is the call of the times. There are many characters in the film and all are beautifully written. Anubhav Sinha’s script is quite impactful and it keeps the audience hooked from start to finish. He knows that he has taken a very sensitive issue in his own hands and he manages it beautifully. He raises this issue from both the sides and it is very commendable. Anubhav Sinha’s dialogues are very powerful and fiery. The dialogues spoken by Santosh (Ashutosh Rana) may surprise the audience but it was needed to make an impact.
Anubhav Sinha’s direction is very good and he is in control of the written material. His often his previous films Dus , cash  and ra one  I have been criticized for not executing so well. But, the country will save them from all this. There is only one stain in the film, and that is its length and its turbulence in the second half.
From its introduction to the end, Mulk impresses the audience. After acquainting him with the Mohammed family and the characteristics of each of them, he slowly points out that Shahid is not what he appears to be. The scene where Shahid is encountered is quite exciting. But the scene in the first half, when Murad Ali refuses to accept Shahid’s mortal remains. It is quite curious to see how he and his family are branded as terrorists by people who knew them for years. In the second half, the film turns into a courtroom drama and moves to a different level. However, the film loses momentum at some places. But the film picks up pace when Aarti interrogates Murad Ali and asks him some tough questions. Note that this sequence makes the audience pink  Can remind you of, in which there was a similar sequence of Amitabh Bachchan, when he forces Taapsee to prove the point. The closing debate is spectacular and shocking, even the judge’s (Kumood Mishra) self-talk is remarkable and will drive the audience to applause!
Rishi Kapoor delivers daring performances and leaves an indelible mark in his long, illustrious career with his finest performances. And the way he was bound to prove his nationalism because of his religion is really worth watching. Just before the climax, his speech is very memorable. Taapsee Pannu looks great in the first half and there is a silent spectator in what is going on in the beginning of the second half. But as soon as she takes up the case, she surprises the audience with her scintillating performance. And it is because of them that the climax takes a surprising turn. Manoj Pahwa is another good aspect of the film. He has always been a good actor but sadly still he never got the credit for it. But he will surely become a topic of discussion with Mulk and his performance will get credit. Prateik Babbar gets into a small role. Ashutosh Rana seems absorbed in his character and fits well as the villainous, communal-minded lawyer. Talking about the performance, Rajat Kapoor seems to be dependable. Kumud Mishra’s role is small but impressive. Neena Gupta and Prachi Shah Pandiya are decent but only have them in the first half. Vartika Singh, Ashrat Jain (Rashid) and Indranil Sengupta are fine. others do well.
Songs were not needed in this film. Only ‘theng se’ is good enough. Mangesh Dhadke’s background score is dramatic and adds to the tension. Ewan Mulligan’s cinematography is quite decent. Nikhil Kowale’s art direction is quite natural and surreal. Yasmin Rogers’ make-up and Preetisheel Singh’s prosthetics are excellent, especially in the case of Rishi Kapoor. Riyaz – Habib’s action is quite honest in the lone action sequence. Balu Saluja’s editing could have been crisper and better. Some scenes end and start quite abruptly, this could have been avoided.
Overall, Mulk is a powerful and thrilling film, which effectively tackles the burning issues of our country. At the box office, this film has the power to make gains. Word of mouth praise will work well for the film as well as it will emerge as one of the sudden hit film of the year. Have a look!