It has been almost a month that the trailer of ‘Mulk’ released. Directed by Anubhav Sinha, the film features Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu in the main lead. The film is just about a week away from its release and has garnered a huge popularity already. In about one month’s time, the trailer has close to 1 crore 30 lakh views. And the reason behind this massive popularity of the film is the subject on which it is based.
As per media reports, the film is based on the life of a young Muslim man who is a suspected terrorist. This alleged terrorist, played by Prateik Babbar, gets killed in an encounter.
Rishi Kapoor, who plays the suspected terrorist’s father disowns his dead body. Despite his strong stance against the anti-national act of his son, the old man has to face humiliation from the entire society. However, he fights his battle for respect and proves that just because his son betrayed the nation, he himself does not deserve to be called and treated as an anti-national. Taapsee Pannu plays the talented advocate who helps the family in the fight for getting their respect back.
There is no doubt that the subject of the film is highly sensitive as well as controversial. But according to media reports, sources close to the filmmaker Anubhav Sinha have revealed that he has done complete justice with the plot.
But it looks like this hasn’t stopped social media users and groups from insulting him, trolling him and threatening him in a variety of ways. However, Anubhav Sinha has maintained that he has not taken any political stand with the film. Rather, he has been more interested in dealing with the human side of the story.
Filmibeat quotes Anubhav Sinha saying:
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“The film has a good intent, it is not a political film in anyway. It is a very social film, about everyone. I knew I wasn’t going to take a political side, I wanted to take a human side which can’t be wrong or controversial.”
He went on to say that there wasn’t a single moment of self-censorship. He said:
“I have not curbed anything. In fact, I have been told by people ‘Are you sure about this scene, dialogue?’ and I said, ‘I am’. Today, when they see the film there is nothing that can offend anyone.”
The present political scenario of the country is undoubtedly and undeniably a complicated one but according to Sinha, “if one needs to worry about the consequences, something is not right”.
The director said:
“I don’t feel scared but when people ask me this question and say, ‘Please take care, stay safe’, that is not a good thing to hear. You are saying something about your country, your people, that you strongly feel and I don’t know how to curb it. Either you don’t say it and make a safe film like ‘Dus’ or you say it and make a ‘Mulk’. There is no in between. I can make a safe ‘Dus’, a safer ‘Ra.One’ but not a safe ‘Mulk.”
The 53-year old filmmaker went on to reveal that he was greatly impressed with the way Deepika Padukone dealt with all the threats and hatred when ‘Padmaavat’ was to release. He said:
“I loved the way Deepika conducted herself- with dignity, courage, and grace. I am sure she felt threatened at times, if someone is constantly saying on TV that he will cut her nose or head off, there are points of vulnerability. You might feel petrified but the way the girl handled it, I have total respect for her. But nothing happened. They were never going to do it. People chose to market it like that because it was selling like a good story. There was a man sitting with an open sword on a news channel and it was allowed! Imagine. So this fear was marketed.”
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