Before my review, lets talk shall we? How many of us equate terrorism with religion? I don’t need an answer to that, it is something you can answer yourself. According to me, terrorism is a criminal act not a communal act(courtsey a line from the movie). This week releases Mulk, on the similar theme. It is successful in conveying its point across the table…lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Mulk follows a story of a family whose fortune changes for the worse when one of its members is accused of terrorism. What follows is a debate between terrorism and religion. The story is quite relevant. The screenplay is about the two halves. The first half has a certain amount of buildup following which the drama becomes heavy to a point that you start to fidget in your seat. The proceedings in the second half are also quite heavy but some powerful performances keep the boat afloat as the drama shifts to a courtroom. The dialogues are preachy but powerful. Director Anubhav Sinha has done a decent job but could have done better.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
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The performances are the strongest link here. Prateik Babbar in his brief role shines. Rajat Kapoor as the conflicted cop delivers a fine performance. Ashutosh Rana almost single handedly breaths life into the second half. Taapsee Pannu rediscovers her ‘Pink’ mojo and delivers an exhilarating performance especially in the climax. My pick of the lot is the veteran Rishi Kapoor who gives a masterclass in acting. All other performances are on point!
Mulk on the whole gives out a good message which is relevant even today. Even though flawed, this movie deserves to be watched for its performances.
PS(Reiterating) : Terrorism and Religion are two different entities!! Enough said..Period.