Rishi Kapoor and Tapsi Pannu starer Muluk fears well in India

11 August 2018 19:12 Entertainment Desk

Mulk movie is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Anubhav Sinha. Shot in Benaras and Lucknow, Mulk is the story of a Muslim family trying to reclaim its lost honour and it was theatrically released on 3 August 2018.

Based on a real-life story, Mulk revolves around the struggles of a Muslim joint family from a small town in India, who fight to reclaim their honor after a member of their family takes to terrorism.

Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor), a former-lawyer lives amiably with his family in a densely-populated diverse locality of Varanasi. His daily routine included a cup of tea from a tea stall managed and owned by one of his close Hindu friends and a brief chat session with his Hindu friends. His life is thrown into a tizzy when his nephew Shahid (Prateik Babbar) decides to go astray and join hands with a terrorist organization to plan a bomb-blast. While his brother Bilaal Ali Mohammed (Manoj Pahwa) is taken into a custody for questioning, Murad Ali and his Hindu daughter-in-law Aarti Mohammed (Taapsee Pannu) struggle to get their name cleared in the court of law. After the sudden death of Bilal, Aarti takes the matter into her hands to get her father-in-law and his family acquitted of all the charges that were laid upon them on the basis of mere prejudice that all Muslims are breeders of terrorists and all the terrorists are Muslims.

Rishi Kapoor as Advocate Murad Ali Mohammed
Prateik Babbar as Shahid Mohammed, Bilaal's son and Murad's nephew
Rajat Kapoor as SSP Danish Javed
Taapsee Pannu as Aarti Malhotra/Mohammed, Murad's daughter-in-law
Ashutosh Rana as Santosh Anand, Public Prosecutor
Manoj Pahwa as Bilaal Ali Mohammed, Shahid's Father and Murad's brother
Neena Gupta as Tabassum, Murad Ali's wife
Kumud Mishra as Judge
Prachee Shah Pandya as Choti Tabassum, Bilaal's wife
Vartika Singh as Aayat, Bilaal's daughter
Ashrut Jain as Rashid
Indraneil Sengupta as Aftab, Murad's son
Sumit Kaul as Mehfooz Alam
Abdul Quadir Amin as Riyaz
A newspaper report read by Anubhav Sinha became the point of origin of Mulk and prompted him to develop an idea which he shared with his friends for their feedback. After receiving a positive response from his friends he began scripting the film. After writing 13-14 drafts of the film, Anubhav began narrating the story to his friends in the film industry, one of them being director Shoojit Sircar. Shoojit found the story to be one of the best-written works of Anubhav and requested him to not reconsider this project and instead go ahead with it.

The actors were given a preparation time of three months to get familiar with the roles they were playing. Prateik Babbar, who was to play the role of a Muslim Terrorist was asked to watch the documentary Among the Believers and read extensively about David Headley, who is an American terrorist of Pakistani origin. For an appropriate portrayal of courtroom proceedings, Tapsee Pannu and Ashutosh Rana who play defence lawyer and public prosecutor respectively in the film were provided guidance by retired High Court Judge Nadeem Siddiqi from Lucknow for their courtroom sequences. A religious Muslim scholar from Malihabad was called in to supervise the Muslim rituals involving Rishi Kapoor in the film.

In July 2017, it was reported that Rishi Kapoor, Tapsee Pannu and Prateik Babbar had been signed by Anubhav Sinha for his next film called Mulk. In September 2017, Neena Gupta was cast opposite Rishi Kapoor as his wife. In August 2017, Neena Gupta had put up a post on her Instagram account saying that she was looking for good quality work, and as a response to that post director Anubhav Sinha got in touch with her and offered her a role in his film Mulk. 12 actors from the Lucknow theatre industry were signed on to do various roles in the film. On 26 September 2017, it was reported that actor Ashutosh Rana would be working with Anubhav Sinha in his next film Mulk, 25 years after Shikast which was the last time the two of them worked together. Initially Rajat Kapoor was supposed to play the role of Rishi Kapoor's brother and actor Manoj Pahwa was assigned the role of Police Officer Danish Javed but after the arrival of the two actors on set, Anubhav realized that both actors should be playing different roles and not the ones assigned to them, and as a result of that Rajat and Manoj swapped each other's roles.

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