‘Mulk’ Director Anubhav Sinha’s Next Is An Even More Hardhitting Political Fable

‘Mulk’ Director Anubhav Sinha’s Next Is An Even More Hardhitting Political Fable

Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Mulk’ has been at the receiving end of both, praise and wrath but the director has no plans of backing down
‘Mulk’ Director Anubhav Sinha’s Next Is An Even More Hardhitting Political Fable

Even as Mulk faces the wrath and acceptance  of polarized political wings in India,  director Anubhav Sinha has  moved on to  his next political drama. “My next entitled Abhi Toh Party Shuroo Hui Hai is even more hard-hitting than Mulk. I can see many more toes getting crushed and trolls getting aggressive over this one. While Mulk  was confined to  the politics  of  isolation and persecution, Abhi Toh Party Shuroo Hui Hai takes a pot-shot at every political ideology that has brought our country to  a state  of anarchy,” says Anubhav who is  being viciously trolled  allegedly by right-wingers  for making a film that is being accused  of being pro-Muslim.

“I am paying the price for telling the truth. Nowhere has Mulk taken sides. We are openly critical of the Muslim community where we needed to be. There is a direct mention of  the loudspeakers  blaring the azaan five times a day, of  the need for  vulnerable  Muslim families to take better care  of their children who are prone to stray into militancy. I  haven’t taken sides in Mulk. Yet my film is being attacked on  IMDB.”

Does Anubhav suspect any political party? “There is a concerted effort by a  thousand or more  people to pull down my film on IMDB. They’ve all taken the trouble to write short reviews which are mostly nonsense.  But nonetheless they fulfil the requirements on IMDB. I am sure there is   a powerful  infrastructure at work to demolish my work. Should I be flattered that my work has rattled so many so hard?”

There are reviews and counter-reviews to Mulk, and Anubhav Sinha is clearly in a celebratory mood.  “We had a  get-together on Friday for  the Mulk crew and our friends. I called it  a happiness get together. I invited (director) Vijay Krishna Acharya’s wife. But  even her husband  came  along because he  loved the film. Sudhir Mishra who is like my guru has been  a great support.”

Anubhav says  he has  never read such indepth  reviews of any of his films. “There are writers who   have never  reviewed Hindi films, analyzing Mulk. Somewhere it has hit a chord in the heart of  Hindustan. I  think I’ve succeeded in doing what I set  out to do. Start a debate on  subject that we’ve so far swept under the carpet.”

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