Deadline is reporting that BFI Distribution have acquired the UK and Ireland rights for Bassam Tariq’s drama film Mogul Mowgli.
Mogul Mowgli focuses on Zed, a British-Pakistani rapper, who, on the cusp of his first world tour, is struck down by an illness that threatens to derail his big break and forces him to face his past, his family, and the uncertainty of his legacy.
The UK and Ireland deal was negotiated with Jean-Felix Dealberto of Charades and BFI acquisitions manager Laura Dos Santos.
The film was a co-production from Pulse Films and Left Handed Films, and produced in association with Silvertown Films, backed by BBC Films, Cinereach, SFFILM, Vice Studios and Ryot Films. Thomas Benski, Bennett McGhee, Riz Ahmed and Michael Peay are producers on the project, Joanne Dixon co-producer, and Eva Yates from BBC Films is executive producer.
Mogul Mowgli is co-written by Bassam Tariq and Riz Ahmed and stars Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Nabhaan Rizwan, Anjana Vasan, Aiysha Hart, Hussain Manawer, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Jeff Mirza.