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Mogul Mowgli

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

British rap drama has cursing and questions about identity.

Movie NR 2021 90 minutes
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Ahmed has described this pulsating drama as his most personal film yet. Having co-written and produced Mogul Mowgli, he also stars in the central role as Zed, a British-Pakistani rapper who is on the cusp of super-stardom in the U.S.. But then Zed is diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease, putting the future he has worked so hard for in jeopardy. Zed must also deal with this crushing news while visiting his family in the U.K., who although supportive of his career, don't fully understand it.

Having established himself as one of his generation's finest actors in the likes of Nightcrawler and The Night Of, Ahmed also gets to showcase his other talent, rapping. His poignant rhymes are delivered with the skill you'd expect from someone who has been MCing for most of his life. Yet this is far more than a showreel of Ahmed's talents. Themes such as identity, race, heritage, and even fertility are all explored, without trying to provide any quick answers to such complex questions. Some of the scenes between Zed and his father, Bashir (Alyy Khan), are particularly moving, managing to avoid being overly sentimental. Personal it maybe, but there's plenty here for anyone who's ever asked themselves what their place in the world is.

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