'Mulk' Trailer Review: Is there Anything Rishi Kapoor Can't Do?

The trailer of the Rishi Kapoor-Taapsee Pannu starrer 'Mulk' hides nothing
'Mulk' Trailer Review: Is there Anything Rishi Kapoor Can't Do?
A poster of 'Mulk'

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

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