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British-Pakistani rapper Zed is about to be brought on tour with a bigger artist, and is on the cusp of his long-awaited international breakthrough. But right before the tour, he receives a devastating diagnosis: He has an autoimmune muscle disease that threatens to turn his life upside down and ruin his dreams of stardom. Instead of travelling from stage to stage, he is transported between a hospital bed and his family’s home in London, and is forced to confront his self-image, ambitions, family and cultural heritage.

Riz Ahmed, who was Oscar nominated this year for his leading role in another music-oriented film, Sound of Metal, brings an explosive energy to his performance as Zed. Alongside his acting, Ahmed has cultivated a parallell career as a rapper, which he gets to thoroughly demonstrate in Mogul Mowgli, and his intense delivery and cutting political lyrics are mirrored in Bassam Tariq’s direction. Mogul Mowgli presents a raw and captivating portrait of a man’s struggle with his physical deterioration, while simultaneously overflowing with playful and innovative ideas, striking use of symbolism and an arsenal of modern and traditional modes of expression, blended together for an electrifying result.

Atli Bjarnason


Bassam Tariq (b. 1986) is an American filmmaker born in Karachi, Pakistan. He has directed and produced several short films and documentaries. Mogul Mowgli is his feature film debut, and had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2020.

This film is part of

Grand Pix: International

Country United Kingdom, USA

Year 2020

Director Bassam Tariq

Screenplay Riz Ahmed, Bassam Tariq

Cinematography Annika Summerson

Producer Riz Ahmed, Thomas Benski, Bennett McGhee, Michael Peay

Cast Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Aiysha Hart, Kiran Sonia Sawar

Production Company Pulse Films, Left Handed Films

Runtime 1h 30m

Language English, Urdu

Subtitles English

Genre Drama

Age limit 12

Links IMDb

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