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Mogul Mowgli

In theaters starting September 3 / Film & TV

Directed by Bassam Tariq, Mogul Mowgli tells the story of a British-Pakistani rapper (played by Riz Ahmed) who is nearing stardom when he is crippled by a degenerative disease. If this sounds similar to Sound of Metal, the American drama of a rocker losing his hearing, which got Ahmed nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, it’s because it is. This time, though, the story hits closer to home. Ahmed, who co-wrote Mogul Mowgli with first-time director Tariq, is also a British-Pakistani rapper. The film, which includes actual home videos of Ahmed as a child, captures the harsh realities and subtle nuances of being an immigrant in England and a Muslim in the world. —J.V.

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