Riz Ahmed to Play Rapper in Pulse Films’ ‘Mughal Mowgli’

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The movie marks the function directorial debut of documentary filmmaker Bassam Tariq, with Ahmed producing by means of his Left Handed Films banner.

Riz Ahmed is about to play the lead in Mughal Mowgli, a movie which Ahmed co-wrote and can produce alongside Pulse Films. The drama marks the function directorial debut of documentary filmmaker Bassam Tariq, whose current effort Ghosts of Sugar Land not too long ago received the non-fiction brief movie award at Sundance and was acquired by Netflix. His first doc, 2013's These Birds Walk, premiered at SXSW was not too long ago named one of many 50 greatest international movies of the 21st century by The New Yorker.

A non secular drama a couple of British Pakistani rapper who, on the cusp of his first world tour, is struck down by an epigenetic sickness that threatens to derail his huge break, Mughal Mowgli was co-written by Tariq and Ahmed, most not too long ago seen in Venom but in addition recognized for starring roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryJason Bourne and HBO's The Night Of, for which he received an Emmy. Ahmed produces by means of his personal Left Handed Films banner, alongside Pulse Films' Thomas Benski and Bennett McGhee, and Michael Peay. 

Production on Mughal Mowgli is about to start this month in affiliation with Silvertown Films, with BBC Films, Cinereach, SFFILM Invest, Vice Studios and RYOT Films having boarded as financiers.

Ahmed, who’s at the moment prepping the TV drama Englistan for the BBC, has loads of expertise as a rapper, having emerged within the London music scene below the title Riz MC and performing each as a solo artist and together with his band Swet Shop Boys. His provocative solo launch Post 9/11 Blues was banned earlier than a viral groundswell compelled it onto radio, whereas the Swet Shop Boys album Cashmere landed the group main competition gigs together with Coachella and Glastonbury.

Dimitra Tsingou for Pulse Films, Eva Yates for BBC Films and Suroosh Alvi for Vice Studios will government produce Mughal Mowgli alongside Cinereach. Pulse will produce in affiliation with Silvertown and Left Handed.

“I’m excited to be lastly be engaged on a function with my pals at Pulse Films and my co-conspirator Bassam Tariq,” Ahmed stated in a press release. “We are getting down to do one thing completely different, and do it in a daring manner.”

“Collaborating with Bassam and Riz on Mughal Mowgli goes to the center of our studio’s ethos: to inform human tales that seize moments of tradition," stated Pulse Films CEO Benski. "Bassam and Riz are among the many most fun creators round, and each embody true expertise. Their tales will present audiences with work that not solely stands out, however pushes the boundaries of cinema and storytelling. I’m equally thrilled to be producing this challenge with Riz and excited to observe his skills as a producer, songwriter and performer take middle stage."

Added Benski: "We are additionally delighted to align with our companions BBC Films, Cinereach, SFFILM Invest, Vice Studios and RYOT Films, whose assist is an actual testomony of Bassam and Riz’s imaginative and prescient." Commented Yates of BBC Films: “Bassam’s documentary work marks him out as a filmmaker of nice imaginative and prescient and compassion, and this sensible collaboration with Riz guarantees a singular debut function that we’re very proud to be a part of.“

Ahmed is repped by Gordon & French within the U.Okay., CAA and Gang, Tyre, Ramer Brown & Passman.

This article initially appeared on THR.com.