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Mogul Mowgli

On the brink of his first international tour, Zed, a British Pakistani rapper, decides to fly home to the UK to visit the family he has not seen in two years. In the midst of trying to reconnect with his parents and rummaging through cassettes of Qawwali music, he is suddenly struck down by an autoimmune disease. As his condition worsens and his big breakthrough moment is in danger of vanishing into thin air, Zed descends into a physical and emotional crisis amplified by vivid hallucinations. Long-buried childhood memories resurface with a vengeance, mingling with his father’s memories of fleeing India during Partition and confronting Zed with his repressed cultural heritage. Giving center stage to incendiary rap lyrics and a striking central performance by actor Riz Ahmed, a rapper himself, Tariq’s debut feature film is a disquieting and electrifying exploration of male malady, family frictions, social mobility, and transnational citizenship.

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Country, Year United Kingdom, 2020
DirectorBassam Tariq
WriterBassam Tariq, Riz Ahmed
CastRiz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Nabhaan Rizwan
ProducerThomas Benksi, Bennett McGhee, Riz Ahmed, Michael Peay
LanguageEnglish, Urdu
Runtime89 MINS, SECS