How Do Muslims Prove Their Patriotism? Mulk Asks the Right Question

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How Do Muslims Prove Their Patriotism? Mulk Asks the Right Question

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n Anubhav Sinha’s pleasantly hard-hitting Mulk, Tapsee Pannu stands on the other side of the witness stand she was in PINK. In this courtroom drama, she’s the diffident yet feisty Aarti Mohammed, the lawyer defending the honour of her family, put on trial because of their religion.

Set in Varanasi, the film’s first hour revolves around a progressive and cosmopolitan neighbourhood where families of different religions cohabit peacefully — the kind of locality where you spot a mosque and a wall painted with a picture of Lord Shiva. Inter-faith marriages aren’t frowned upon and Murad Ali Mohammed’s (Rishi Kapoor), own daughter-in-law, Aarti, is Hindu.

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