Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Ashutosh Rana, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Manoj Pahwa, Neena Gupta

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)

Not that it broaches everything that there is to say about Islamophobia and its terrible repercussions – in fact, it really isn’t possible for a single 140-minute film to cover all the dimensions of the theme – but Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk is a compelling, uncommonly courageous drama that gets as close to the truth as a Mumbai film ever can, especially given the times that we live in.

When Hindi cinema willingly crawls when it is asked to bend and a majority of India’s television news channels shy away from speaking up against organized forces that peddle communal hate as political strategy, the relevance of a film like Mulk, which goes hammer and tongs at poisoned mindsets, cannot be overstated.