Based on real-life events, Mulk voices the agony of the Muslim families that are not only being criticized for various reasons but also put to realize that they are non-nationalists because one of their family members has chosen to be a militant.
Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor), a respected lawyer, is living happily in Lucknow with his family. His daughter-in-law, Aarti (Taapsee Pannu) who lives abroad, has come to see the family, with an intention to stay away from her husband who wants their son, who actually has not even come in this world yet, to follow Islam.
Everything goes fine until one day when an anti-terrorist squad officer Danish Javed (Rajat Kapoor) shoots Murad’s nephew, Shahid (Prateik Babbar), dead on the sight after identifying him among the three terrorists who have caused bomb attacks in Allahabad, killing many innocent people.
The police arrest Bilal and present him in the court where the public prosecutor Santosh tries to prove Bilal’s involvement and his collusion with terrorists. Murad Ali defends Bilal in court but gives up the trial when fingers are pointed at him as well for being a part of the conspiracy. What happens thereafter? Does Aarti become able to set his in-laws free from the accusations and bring the lost reputation back? Most importantly, does the society accept the family once again and do things become normal for them? All these questions meet their answers in the climax.
Screenplay and Dialogues
The thought-provoking screenplay of Mulk is penned by Anubhav Sinha. It is relevant, topical and highlights the issue of prejudices against Muslims. The first half is engaging but when Sinha loses his grip slightly when he tries to showcase the agony of a community whom loyalty towards the country is put to test every now and then.
Dialogues of Mulk are not far-fetched, yet influential. However, you might feel that the courtroom drama is one-sided as when Santosh (Rana) shows his prejudices, the dialogues are in influx and there is no counter-dialogues from the victim’s lawyer. The same happens when Aarti delivers her speech.
Anubhav Sinha has brilliantly helmed the whole drama. Despite being handling a sensitive issue, Sinha never seemed to be biased towards a particular community. He only discusses what people go through when someone among them turns out to be a black ship. The whole direction never seems to go loud and overboard.
Needless to mention, Rishi Kapoor plays the victim exceptionally well and shuffles well in different scenarios; like first as a renowned lawyer, a caring father-in-law, a disciplined head of the family and a disappointed Muslim. Taaspse Panu justifies her character and slips into Aarti’s role very convincingly. Ashutosh Rana is superb and expresses his prejudices with excellence.
Why Should You Watch?
Be a part of this sentient courtroom drama if you are tired of biopics, masala entertainers, and exorbitantly abusive dramas served by NETFLIX.