‘Mogul Mowgli’ Trailer: Riz Ahmed Is A Rapper Battling Illness And Facing His Own Legacy

Mogul Mowgli debuted at the Berlin Film Festival last year, but it’s only now that it suddenly has a ton of buzz. There’s a lot that’s happened surrounding the film since; Riz Ahmed received an Oscar nomination for his performance in the similarly-themed Sound of Metal; and director Bassam Tariq became attached to direct Marvel’s Blade movie. As if that wasn’t enough, the film also marks Ahmed’s first-time feature co-writing credit.

Once again Ahmed finds himself in the role of a musician facing a life-changing physical ailment. He plays Zed, a British-Pakistani rapper diagnosed with a degenerative autoimmune disease that threatens everything he’s ever known.  Unlike Sound of Metal where Ahmed’s character needed to build himself a new life, Mogul Mowgli is about facing the past and taking stock of one’s legacy.

Ahmed is coming from a place of familiarity here, as the role allows him to lean on his own rap career. Considering the September 3rd release, we could be talking about Mogul Mowgli as possibly another Ahmed film showered with accolades.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.