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Mogul Mowgli Movie Review

When it comes to dramas about edgy musicians whose careers are sidelined by debilitating degenerative disorders, there is no one who does them better than Riz Ahmed.

For the second year in a row, Ahmed stars in a surprisingly great movie that has almost the exact same plot. Mogul Mowgli may be Sound of Metal’s rough-around-the-edges cousin but it still packs a hefty punch.

Whereas Sound of Metal dealt with the loss of hearing, Mogul Mowgli is about the loss of just about everything else, and a young man’s acceptance that his world will be forever changed. Directed by Bassam Tariq and co-written by him and Ahmed, Mogul Mowgli feels like a more personal film—it taps into religion, family, and Pakistani culture—even if Sound of Metal is a more polished, more developed, and slightly more satisfying production.

Ahmed is once again fantastic, proving he is a formidable talent that deserves every opportunity thrown his way. His character is fierce yet empathetic, and his emotional journey is profound.

At a lean 90 minutes, Tariq doesn’t waste a minute. Mogul Mowgli is confidently told, brimming with indie pride as it digs deep into its tortured protagonist. That’s not to say every moment is perfect, but there is no denying this is one of the most overlooked movies of the year.

We can’t wait for Ahmed to complete the trilogy next year when he stars in a modern retelling of Helen Keller as she must adapt from life as a musician living on the streets. Until then, check out Mogul Mowgli.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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