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From hiring a Muslim scholar to consulting a retired judge: How Anubhav Sinha prepared for Mulk

Artistes Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar and Ashutosh Rana had to work on their respective roles for three months before the film's shoot began.

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Come the first week of August, Indian cine goers will be treated with a slew of films that centre the idea of the nation. Reema Kagti's Gold and Anubhav Sinha's Mulk are such films, scheduled to be released next month.

While Gold is a historical drama based on Independent India's first Olympic gold win in hockey, Mulk will narrate the tale of a Muslim family accused of indulging in anti-national acts.

Mulk will have actor Rishi Kapoor play Murad Ali Mohammed, whose family is dragged to court. Actress Taapsee Pannu seems to be essaying the role of his daughter Aarti, who is a lawyer and defends him in court. Artistes Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Neena Gupta and Manoj Pahwa will also be seen in pivotal roles.

Director Anubhav Singh has shed some light on the kind of preparations his cast members had to undergo for their roles.

Speaking to Mid-day.com, a news website, Sinha said his artistes had to spend three months preparing for the film.

To get the look and feel of Kapoor's character right, Sinha hired the services of a religious Muslim scholar. Pannu and Rana, who play lawyers in the film, were made to seek guidance from retired high court judge Nadeem Siddiqui from Lucknow.  

Prateik Babbar, who plays a youngster on a wrong path, had to do some research on real-life terrorists, primarily on David Headley. Sinha made the actor watch the popular Pakistani documentary Among the Believers on Netflix, too.

The hard work of the artistes before the film went on floors helped them play their parts with ease. "I was quite impressed with every actor's contribution to the characters. A lot of them didn't need any retakes because they were well-researched. Ideally, a film of this nature takes two months to shoot, but we managed to finish it in 27 days in Lucknow,” Sinha told Mid-day.com.

Mulk will hit the screens on 3 August.