The trailer of Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk is unlike anything he has done before. Its lack of ‘political correctness’ (defending the Indian Muslim’s right to peaceful co-existence is almost considered indefensible these days) is so apt, and the theme –of a Muslim family being hounded after the son is accused of terrorism — is so relevant to today’s times, we wonder how no one thought of doing this before.
The trailer of Mulk hides nothing. It lays out all the cards on the table with a heart-numbing scrupulosity. We know from the trailer that Praetik Babbar (who is gradually emerging with a screen image as the rebellious over-aged delinquent) is the son of a Muslim family who stands accused of terror activities.
The narrative in the sharply cut trailer spans a traumatic arc showing the accused’s family being hounded and vilified as Pakistani anti-nationals. It’s a well-known narrative, the other side of the Hindutva refrain. The narrative is then shown shifting focus from the domestic to the legal. A courtroom drama ensues with Tapsee Pannu and Ashutosh Rana battling it out for and against the terror-accused.
What stands out for me in this harrowing tale of a community under scrutiny for the trespasses of a few members of that community, is a shot showing the Muslim patriarch walking with dignity while a cow saunters behind him.
The casualness of the comment that the shot makes is something to hold on to.
The trailer shows a cast hell-bent on delivering the right blueprint for a film where the drama is not dependent the director’s derring do. Clearly Mulk belongs to Rishi Kapoor. As he blends into his character once again. I wondered if there is anything Rishi can’t do.
Watch the trailer here!
Mulk will release in the UAE on August 2