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Rishi Kapoor on Mulk: “Movies are meant to send out messages”

Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu starrer Mulk releases in cinemas today.

The movie follows the story of a Muslim family, headed by Rishi Kapoor’s character, in Varanasi, who are 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, played by Taapsee Pannu.

Not all charges are baseless, however, a lot boils down to interpretation as well as the conditioning of the minds in a society especially when the investigation throws open a lot of surprises.

When asked in a recent interview during promotions for the film, about how far are movies successful in conveying a message to the masses, Rishi Kapoor said:

“Movies are meant to send out messages and we have to make an attempt. Mulk tries to say that it’s unfair to judge someone without knowing the truth.

Do remember, we are not trying to tell you what the solution to the problem is. Mulk is a dramatic film with cinematic liberties.

It’s a story that been adapted for cinema. We, ourselves, don’t know what the solution is. The solution is within human beings themselves; we all are responsible.

For repairing the damage that’s done, the nation is responsible and their social consciousness is responsible.”

Directed by Anubhav Sinha, the social-thriller also stars Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor and Ashutosh Rana in pivotal roles.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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