Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha’s contribution to the music industry are his non-filmy videos for T-Series, featuring artists of the calibre of late Jagjit Singh, Daler Mehndi and not to forget, Sonu Nigam. Before that, there was just the trend of functional videos for devotional music. Yes, there were a few music videos for ghazals or a Baba Sehgal here and there. Anubhav gave a new life to non-filmy music, making it almost as popular as movie songs, thereby creating a new avenue for budding artists.
However, it was with TUM BIN, featuring newcomers and mind blowing music that the Mechanical Engineering graduate turned filmmaker finally got his due. TUM BIN turned out to be an iconic romantic film, which took on the might of Subhash Ghai’s Hrithik-Kareena starrer, YAADEIN and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Amitabh Bachchan starrer AKS, both of which released just a week after TUM BIN, and it held its own and turned out to be a big success. He then moved on to the next action-thriller genre via the multi-starrer, DUS and the sci-fi Shah Rukh Khan-Kareena starrer, RA.ONE (SRK’s inaugural 100 crore plus venture) which boasted of some ‘ ahead of its times’ SFX. To cut a long story short, it was just last year that Anubhav returned with TUM BIN 2, a fitting follow up to the first edition.
Circa 2018, Sinha is back with a new genre, via the Rishi Kapoor-Taapsee Pannu starrer MULK, which takes a realistic look at the current happenings in the country. We couldn’t help but ask Anubhav why he chooses such diverse subjects, instead of sticking to his forte, romance and action. And to that the straight forward and in-your-face Anubhav told us, “See I don’t even repeat my locales. TUM BIN was shot in the amazing Calgary, while TUM BIN 2 was picturised at Scotland’s Edinburgh , Glasgow and the bewitching Isle of Sky. One should step out of his/her comfort zone . People change with time and age. At this point in my life I felt compelled to tell this story that I present in MULK. In any case, I don’t think I am that director who wants to be limited by a brand that my previous work might have created for me. I have made a very simple and straight from the heart film, MULK , and hope that the audience likes it.”
Ditto, Mr. Sinha, we are quite confident that MULK will indeed turn out to be another watershed film, given that hard hitting, realistic movies are making a mark at the box-office and many lavishly mounted, big star cast stereotypes are biting the dust.
Soham Rockstar Entertainment and Benaras Media Works Production’s MULK releases worldwide this Friday, that is on 3rd August.