Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu starrer Mulk has hit the screens on Friday and is being praised by many. The film also stars Ashutosh Rana, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Manoj Pahwa, Neena Gupta in pivotal roles. Helmed by Anubhav Sinha, Mulk, which is based on a real-life story, revolves around the struggles of a Muslim joint family from a small town in India, who fight to reclaim their honour after a member of their family takes to terrorism. Majority of the critics have loved the movie and here is what some of them had to say. Also Read - Mirzapur 2 Star Priyanshu Painyuli Gets Married to Vandana Joshi Today in Dehradun - Here's All About The Wedding
NDTV (4/5): Mulk is certainly no Garm Hava or Shahid. It doesn’t strive for subtlety. It places all its cards on the table, faces up. So we know exactly what is going on and what is about to come, yet the film holds one’s attention as much for the urgency of the theme as the sustained quality of the acting and the mood-enhancing camerawork (Ewan Mulligan, who also filmed Sinha’s Tum Bin 2) that takes in the hustle-bustle of the markets and streets of a small-town to create an apt backdrop for a drama that otherwise primarily unfolds indoors. Go watch Mulk for its stout-hearted espousal of sanity. It isn’t often that Bollywood shows such spine. Also Read - Taapsee Pannu Gives Befitting Reply To Troll Who Called Her 'Faltu Heroine', Says 'I Have Lifted Standards'
Times of India (3.5/5): The tonality of the film is far from subtle and the perspectives are presented vehemently in a manner that’s jarring and overbearing. The first half is slow-paced but what really works for the film is the dramatic courtroom scenes, which will make you think about the Islamophobia that exists around us. Sometimes without us being cognizant of it. Also Read - Anupam Kher Gets Emotional After Meeting Neetu Kapoor in Chandigarh Without Rishi Kapoor
Firstpost: The makers deliberately sideline her in the first half to show that she has little involvement in the going-ons. But she is the lifeline of the second half, in the capacity a nervous yet resolute lawyer. She nails the scenes where she is supposed to be unsure of herself. But she is a revelation in the bits where she is supposed to be at her feisty best in the court.
DNA: The dialogue-dominated narrative vehemently continues to reiterate that terrorism has no religion and how a community should not be judged on the basis of one or a few people gone astray. While the first half is slow despite one thing leading to another, it’s the courtroom drama in the second half that sees the movie pick up the pace.
Mumbai Mirror: 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.
Hindu: Mulk holds immense promise right at the start as Sinha goes about capturing the culturally and communally concordant Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb of Varanasi, where Hindus may begin their mornings to the sound of aazaan, where a vegetarian Chaubey can eat kebabs on the sly at his Muslim neighbour’s home. Cinematographer Ewan Mulligan’s constantly moving camera shows the chaos of everyday life as well as the underlying sense of harmony. Watch this space for further updates.