By Harsh Nigam
A film like ‘Mulk’ reminds you of the importance of Indian cinema, especially Hindi, in communicating the ideas that preserve our society as a whole. Our movies are supposed to be commercially tantalizing, or at least that is the common thought amidst the masses.
If someone is trying to make a film which connects the essence of the story with the soul of the viewer, it’s that when the filmmakers know in their hearts that they have achieved what they were trying to convey. The problem is that the majority is not that much affected by films like these as much as they should be.
‘Mulk’ shows the story of a minority community in India, whose name causes a lot of disturbance in all the communities combined, and are always portrayed as the primary antagonists of the state.
The Plot Highlights What Is Wrong With Our Society
The character of Murad Ali Mohammad (Rishi Kapoor) is that of the ‘nice’ Muslim of India. He lives in Varanasi with Hindu neighbors, some of whom are vegetarian, but whom he all hosts generously in community celebrations, and with tempting dishes of their choice.
He also enjoys the occasional and special carnivorous celebration which involves the entire community and is discreet about their giving in to the temptation of the magnificent aroma coming from his kitchen, ably managed by his wife, Tabassum (Neena Gupta).
Life takes an ugly turn when his nephew Shahid (Prateik Babbar) is declared a terrorist and killed in an encounter by Anti-Terrorist Squad official Danish Javed (Rajat Kapoor).
Shahid’s father and Murad’s younger brother Bilal (Manoj Pahwa) is arrested on charges of being an accomplice in his son’s unlawful activities.
Murad represents his brother in the court before he is also dragged into the case as an accused by the prosecution lawyer (Ashutosh Rana).
Murad’s Hindu daughter-in-law Aarti Mohammed (Taapsee Pannu) then takes charge of the case and vows to get justice for her family.
The struggle here highlights everything that is wrong and right in the society to the judicial aspect of it.
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The Struggle Between Religion And Humanity Today
Ever since the 1947 Partition, the line that divided the subcontinent and split it into two on the basis of religion has been a festering wound. In the last few years, it has become bloodier and more insane.
Considering the fornsive culture change in the past few years where the minds of young people hold the baton for a rapidly progressive future, this setback is something which pushes everything back by at least 50 years where the evolution of human mind is stuck in a limbo.
Religion and humanity are often segregated and preached differently, which only shows the hypocrisy of the entire subject matter considering both of them run simultaneously and it is the duty of every preacher to preach humanity in their words when it is for the greater good of everyone.
Communal hatred not only kills its momentum but shows us how puny and arrogant we are when it comes to not accepting what we’ve become and this film clearly shows that.
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