Mulk is one of the three Bollywood releases this week. It stars Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor and Ashutosh Rana in important roles. Directed by Anubhav Sinha, Mulk touches upon topics that are quite sensitive in the current milieu – patriotism, Muslim identity and terrorism. The film is about a family that is trying to reclaim its lost honour.
As per Bollywood Hungama, Mulk has managed to earn Rs 1.60 crore on its opening day. Trade analyst Girish Johar had earlier said that the film might earn Rs 2 crore on its first day.
Girish Johar told indianexpress.com, “If I have to place my money, I will place it on Mulk. Whatever they are trying to convey is a strong message and it is a strong content film backed by deadly performances by Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu and Ashutosh Rana. In my opinion, the film might earn Rs 2 crore on its first day.”
With films like Mulk, it is all about the content. If the content is good, the word spreads wide. If it isn’t, the film sinks. The film does have considerable star power, but it means little if it is not a masala film, which Mulk isn’t.
Girish Johar also talked about the effect of three almost equally poised films releasing together. “Definitely the audience will get divided. At a level, the films will suffer because of this box office clash. Also, all of them cater to the same thinking audience, so now they’ll have to depend on the critics’ review since there are many people who book their movie tickets after reading the review by their favourite critic,” he said.
The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta wrote about Mulk, “We are now living in such tenuous, difficult polarized times that a film like Mulk feels like a blessing. It is about everything, really: the nation, religious divide, communal harmony (or, should I say, disharmony, which is spreading). It is about us, the citizens of India, and how we are grievously riven apart. It shows us a mirror, and that mirror is cracked, from side to side.”