Riz Ahmed singing in a still from 'Mogul Mowgli' (2020)
Riz Ahmed singing in a still from 'Mogul Mowgli' (2020)
Mogul Mowgli (2020) Charades

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Screens with short film 'The Long Goodbye' (2020)

Bassam Tariq | United Kingdom | 2020 | CTC

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Riz Ahmed writes, produces and stars in this story of a British Pakistani rapper struck down by a mysterious illness on the eve of his big break.

Confident and confrontational, exhilarating in its willingness to constantly shift gears between absurdist comedy and vulnerable, introspective narrative.

Kambole Campbell, Sight & Sound

Bassam Tariq and Riz Ahmed make for a dream pairing in this visual feast of a film about British Asian and Muslim identity. Ahmed stars as Zed, a rapper whose life comes to a standstill after an illness. Worried that he’s about to lose all that’s important to him, Zed quickly realises that an uncertain future in music and a bruised ego is the very least of his worries. As he turns inward, his sense of self begins to unravel, and hallucinations and deep conversations with a neglected family force him to question who he really is.

In perhaps the most challenging of his roles to date, Ahmed shines in this truly beautiful tale of a man in the midst of an identity crisis.

Presented in partnership with the British Film Institute

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Charades
Courtesy: Charades
Duration: 89 min


89 mins





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The Long Goodbye

Winner Best Short Film (Live Action) at the Academy Awards 2022

Actor and rapper Riz Ahmed weaves a lyrical and deeply personal tale of alienation typical of life as a British Muslim in a dystopian, not-so-distant future. It begins as a celebration of home and community that deteriorates, asking us to question what those things mean to people who are treated as ‘other’.

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Riz Ahmed in 'The Long Goodbye' (2020) short film

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