MALANG REVIEW (3.5/5): Brilliantly Shot ‘Jhakkas’ Suspense Thriller Of Bollywood In Recent Times

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Mohit Suri spins his magic with ‘Malang.’ It’s an edge of your seat suspense thriller that hooks you till the end. At first the director will shock you and then he’ll surprise you with two unexpected twists and turns, one after another. And of the best parts of the film is that when the climax unfolds in the finale it’s not only bring back the smile on your face but also make you feel satisfied. Making a good suspense thriller is a very tricky thing as it has to be logically believable and justified. ‘Malang’ has successfully passed that acid test with flying colors. It’s a perfect blend of suspense-thrill-mystery-romance-drama-action and emotion.
With ‘Malang’ Mohit Suri gets back into his dark world from where ‘Kalyug’, ‘Awarapan’, ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’, ‘Murder 2’, ‘Ek Villain’ came in.

Aditya Roy Kapur in a still from the film.

STORY:- “Yeh raat bohot lambi hone wali hai”- ‘Advait’ aka Aditya Roy Kapur says it to the inspector ‘Anjaney Agashe’ aka Anil Kapoor. Advait calls him up to report the murders of three police officers one after another on a fateful evening of 24th December. Agashe feels that something terrible is gonna happen as he says, “Aaj ka andhera
bahut gehra aane wala hai … aur khamoshi kaan phaad.”                                                                                                        The film goes back and forth in time with its nonlinear narrative which tells two stories simultaneously. It takes us back to Goa where Advait and Sarah meet coincidentally and get instantly connected with each other due to their free spirited bohemian souls. Sarah seeks freedom in her life where she doesn’t want any interference from anyone whereas Advait has bitter memories of broken relationships from his past as he says, “Har rishton ke tutne ka dard saha hai main ne, isliye hamesha rishton se dur bhagta raha.” But at the end of the day love conquers all. Even such souls start dreaming to have their own home someday. But the almighty has different plans with them. They witnessed something on a fateful night for which they’re not prepared at all. And that incident completely changed their lives forever. Advait was thrown in jail whereas Sarah went missing with no evidence whatsoever.
Is she dead or alive? Why he’s taken into custody on that night? Did he really commit any crime? Why Advait is killing one after another Police officers after informing the Police? Who is Michael Rodrigues? What is similar amongst Advait, Agashe and Michael? Is Advait the real killer? What actually happened on that night? All these curious questions form the crux of this intriguing storyline.

Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patani in a still from the film.

POSITIVES:- First thing first, If one tells you the entire plot in a brief it may not sound appealing to you but the way its told is simply engrossing. The narrative plays with your mind. At first it asks you to believe that you’re watching ‘Ek Villain 2’ and when you’re fully convinced enough that it’s exactly the same what you’re expecting, there comes the cracker of a climax. This is the beauty of good suspense thriller films. As the Less important characters turn big in the end and make the audience fooled with its intelligent storytelling. Aniruddha Guha’s screenplay is first rate. It wonderfully captures the human psyche with its grey shades. Whatever you see throughout the film all are true but Suri shows you the things which he wanted to show you before and didn’t show the things which he wanted to reveal in the finale.
Smart and superlative direction by Mohit Suri. He’s back with a bang.

Kunal Kemmu in a still from the film.

NEXT, well written layered characters and the topnotch performances. Anil Kapoor as inspector ‘Anjaney Agashe’ is a treat to watch out for. He gets into the skin of his character so well that you couldn’t imagine anyone else in this role except him. He wonderfully captures the raw emotions and funny sides of this badass cop. Easily can be termed as his one of the best performances in recent years. Kunal Kemmu as ‘Michael Rodrigues’ has played the most challenging role of his career with effortless ease. It’s his second best performance after ‘Kalyug.’ An author backed role performed like a seasoned actor. Disha Patani not only looks bold & beautiful but also plays a powerful role in the narrative. Aditya Roy Kapur has worked really hard for his physique and it’s clearly visible in the film. He shines in both of his avatars whether it’s the role of an introvert lover or a monster looking revenge seeker. Amruta Khanvilkar as ‘Teresa Rodrigues’ lends a good support in her extended cameo. Elli Avram leaves a mark as ‘Jessie’ so is Makrand Deshpande in his special cameo role. Rest of the cast have played their respective roles quite sincerely.

Aditya Roy Kapur as ‘Advait’ in ‘Malang.’

DOP Vikas Sivaraman brilliantly shot the film. He makes you feel that the camera is moving with the characters. Some of the takes are indeed breathtaking! Top shots, under water sequence, action stunt sequences are wonderfully captured. Music is the soul of ‘Malang.’ All the songs are good and fits well with the mood of the film. I would like to mention the names of two songs. Firstly, ‘Phir na mile kabhi’ which is beautifully composed & sung by Ankit Tiwari and written by Prince Dubey. Secondly, “Ab thak chuke hai yeh kadam, chal ghar chalen mere humdum”- amazingly sung by Arijit Singh & composed by Mithoon. Both the songs stay with you even after you leave the theatre. Raju Singh’s background score is excellent. It takes the film in the next level. Aejaz Gulab’s action scenes are stunningly choreographed and looks authentic. Vintee Bansal and Sidhant Malhotra’s art direction deserve a mention. Raju khan’s choreography grabs the eyeball.

Anil Kapoor in a candid still from the film.

NEGATIVES:- There’s no denying on the fact is that the story could have been more interesting & powerful. Although Devendra Murdeshwar’s editing is sharp yet the runtime could have been trimmed for at least 10-15 mins. First half deserved to be way more edgy and effective than the actual one. Dialogues are good but couldn’t memorable enough.

FINAL WORDS:- ‘Malang’ is a typical Mohit Suri film with its effective highs and ignorable lows. It remains true to its genre. If you have a good appetite for crime suspense thrillers, then it must be in your watchlist.


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