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‘Mogul Mowgli’ and the differences between the British- and American-Asian experience

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Director of ‘Mogul Mowgli’ discusses taking risks, and the differences between the British- and American-Asian experience.

Mogul Mowgli

” Mogul Mowgli is the most personal work I’ve ever made. “

Riz Ahmed

In case you have missed it last October. Mogul Mowgli is a 2020 drama film directed by Bassam Tariq, and written by Tariq and Riz Ahmed. It stars Ahmed and features Aiysha Hart, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Nabhaan Rizwan, and Anjana Vasan. It tells the story of a British-Pakistani rapper who is struck down by a disease.

After Bassam Tariq’s feature debut These Birds Walk was released at SXSW 2013, things seemed to slow down. The documentary about a runaway boy in Pakistan garnered strong reviews, but soon Tariq was working in a New York butchers pondering his career.

After Bassam Tariq’s feature debut These Birds Walk was released at SXSW 2013, things seemed to slow down. The documentary about a runaway boy in Pakistan garnered strong reviews, but soon Tariq was working in a New York butchers pondering his career. However, the film did catch the eye of someone: Hollywood star Riz Ahmed. The two began talking, and realised they shared the same interests in heritage and generational relationships. And thus, Mogul Mowgli was born.

In the film, Ahmed plays Zed, a rapper on the brink of international success. During a flying visit to his family home in London, it’s discovered he’s suffering from a serious autoimmune disease. His life quickly collapses around him, with past traumas disrupting the very reality he’s experiencing. The disease acts as a metaphor for his relationship with his family and his heritage: his body doesn’t recognise itself, so it’s attacking itself.

Mogul Mowgli is Bassam Tariq’s first narrative feature, not afraid to subvert expectations and challenge the viewer.

Bassam Tariq

Bassam Tariq is a blogger, filmmaker and a butcher, who links all three professions with his joy in humanity and diversity. His butcher’s shop in Manhattan’s East Village is organic, halal while promoting healthy eating and happy families. His movies, 30 Mosques in 30 States, celebrates the diversity of Muslims in America, and These Birds Walk, portrays street kids’ lives in Karachi, Pakistan. His latest movie is Mogul Mowgli.

Tariq and his friend Aman Ali started a blogging project called 30 Mosques in 30 Days. During Ramadan, Tariq and Ali broke their fast at different mosques around New York each night of Ramadan. They shared their stories on a Tumblr blog.

During the second year of the project, the men decided to visit 30 mosques in 30 different states during Ramadan, and they continued the tour of mosques around the country the following year.  As they explored the different communities of each mosque, Tariq and Ali wrote about the diversity of America’s Muslim population and the themes that affect the Muslim community as a whole. The blog has gotten extensive press coverage, and the response has been largely positive. The Huffington Post called the project “visually stunning,” and more communities around the world have participated in a 30 mosques project.

 
Check out his TED Talk here, related to his film, “These Birds Walk”.

Source:TED and TheArtDesk

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