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Mogul Mowgli (15)

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

Details

Bassam Tariq’s visceral directorial debut, co-written with Riz Ahmed, finds a British-Pakistani rapper’s life spiralling out of control when, on the cusp of success, he succumbs to a debilitating illness.

Although his cutting lyrics speak provocatively about identity politics, it is not until Zed (Riz Ahmed) returns home after two years on tour that he is called by his real name: Zaheer. But it is the vulnerability of illness and his decreasing mobility that brings both focus and fragmentation – memories and hallucinations merge to the beat of Qawwali music and are haunted by fervent apparitions of a masked figure – conjuring the unspoken spectre of Partition, which looms large in his father’s unspoken words. Further bruising Zed’s ego is his nemesis, RPG, a young rapper whose face tattoos and crass lyrics bewilder him. Both a paean to the importance of cultural heritage and a sharply observed reflection on muscle memory, the richness of Tariq’s achievement lies in the details of this heady mosaic.

Please note: this film contains a scene of flashing images which may affect photosensitive viewers.

One of the funniest, darkest and smartest movies of the year.

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  • Director Bassam Tariq
  • Cast Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Aiysha Hart
  • Running Time 1h29m
  • Certificate 15
  • Country UK / USA
  • Year of Production 2020
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