• Mulk

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    Based on 22 critics

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    Summary

    A good Muslim family in Varanasi is accused of colluding with the planning of a terrorist attack in the city. The neighbourhood is polarised. People take sides as the court proceedings begin. Defending the family is the Hindu daughter in law. Not all charges are baseless and then a lot boils down to interpretation. A lot boils down to the conditioning of our minds as a society specially when the investigation throws open a lot of surprises.

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Critic reviews and ratings

  • In making its extremely timely statement, this film allows itself to lean a tad towards conventional melodrama. But it makes its point with such force that it is difficult not to be impressed. Go watch Mulk for its stout-hearted espousal of sanity. It isn't often that Bollywood shows such spine.

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  • In times where rapid radicalisation of the majority religion is taking place, these are unpopular questions which will surely make some people uncomfortable.

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  • ...it cannot be denied that Mulk is Anubhav Sinha’s best work till date, the cry for humanity, equality, the debate on prejudice, terrorism is bitterly honest, disturbingly hard hitting and undoubtedly an essential piece of cinema which needs to be watched by all to echo the fact terrorism is a criminal act and not a communal one.

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  • An extremely gripping courtroom drama despite the standard and more or less predictable ups-downs-climax. Helped by rock-solid writing and performances.

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  • ...focusses on some hard-hitting and burning issues, while also highlighting the crucial role that the media and various other channels of information play in disseminating the right news and facts to its citizens.

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  • Instead of talking to the converted, director Anubhav Sinha manages to use the conventions and tools of mainstream cinema to go beyond the liberal echo chambers and try and reach out to the masses. That, in fact, could well prove to be Mulk’s biggest strength.

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  • ...is worth a watch because it focuses on some pivotal issues of the day.

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  • ...is a hard hitting and exhilarating saga that effectively talks about some of the burning issues of our country.

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  • Full marks for relevance, then, and plaudits too for the sincere performances.

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  • ...stands out an eye-opener for those who wish to see the world untainted.

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  • The film has its heart in the right place. But Sinha's overexcitement to put forth his message gets the better of him. The courtroom drama tends to get a little too theatrical, but without any discernible damage.

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  • ...when mainstream Bollywood begins to get it right, when it finds the strength to articulate what’s right and wrong in a way that sits with audiences for a long time, there is hope.

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  • Any film that does not demonize, that talks of peace and brotherhood, in these dark, cynical times, is to be lauded. Mulk is Anubhav Sinha’s best film, and it concerns us all. It makes me want to cheer. Out loud.

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  • The first half of Mulk is crisp. Events unravel swiftly and unexpected turns manage to translate the tension, frustration and anxiety across the screen. But the second half is largely restricted to a courtroom procedural which is reduced to a tedious theatrical drama where every punchline is followed by a laughter track or so it seems.

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  • ...a significant polemic first, and a thoroughly engaging picture, only thereafter.

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  • ...isn’t original cinema, it’s not even its own film, but it’s a much needed reminder and lesson that we live in a secular nation, something that we always strive for.​

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  • ...is the sort of film that sheds light on all that is wrong with India. It can only be hoped that a dramatisation of real events makes people sit up and think about altering attitudes and doing away with prejudices that are governed by fear and a lack of basic understanding.

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  • This is the essence of freedom that film makers still have; to make movies that reflect on how life should be, and not necessarily on how it turns out.

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  • This film takes an important step in defining terrorism and underlining the differences between a suspect and a criminal. It succeeds in intent and purpose, but sadly fails when it comes to storytelling.

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  • Director Anubhav Sinha touches a relevant nerve with Mulk, and this fictional story seems believable as marginalised groups continue to be routinely targeted in this country.

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  • I wish racial and gender issues were explored more humanistically in our cinema so that aspects such as buried prejudices, history, and culture would bubble up through the smallest of back-and-forth.

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  • A delicate subject rather well tackled despite several rather convenient events in the film.

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