Mohit Suri is a director who is known mainly for making cheesy romantic movies with a tragic ending. His new directorial Malang where he reunites with Aditya Roy Kapur after the success of Aashiqui 2 is a movie that tries to look like a thriller but in reality, is a true blue Mohit Suri movie with tasteless moments. If you are thinking Suri is trying something extremely different, you will be hugely disappointed. If you are expecting another melodramatic romantic movie then the tweak here may work for you.
Advait Takur is our hero and he is after certain people who caused him pain in the past. And in the past, he was in a relationship with a girl named Sara who he met at Goa. Both had this passion for traveling and doing things that nobody really dared to do. Why is Advait after all these people and what’s the link between that past love story and the revenge he is taking now is the crux of Malang.
“Unleash the madness”; that’s the tagline the makers have given to the movie. The thing is that, other than that psychopathic Michael Rodriguez played by Kunal Khemu, there isn’t a real mad angle to the other major characters here. When Mohit Suri tries to pitch the characters of Advait and Agashe as some kind of eccentrics it has that forced vibe to its credit. When things get finally revealed in the movie, we tend to feel that they have kind of overdone it. All that build-up about the character played by Aditya Roy Kapur feels a little too much.
The very first visual of this movie is of the hero walking out of a prison to fight with the main goons in that prison. You will feel that immediate excitement of seeing something different from the director. But very soon after the introduction of the other key stars in the movie, the movie goes back to the familiar zone of Suri which pretty much takes away all the “freshness” Malang managed to build till that point. Even though things are slightly on the over the top side there is an engaging feel to the first half. But the second half is a failure when it comes to the engagement factor. After creating a trailer that felt like an exploration of craziness, the movie went to the safe zone very quickly. The visuals are glossy and the music was fine but the usual Mohit Suri high wasn’t there in this movie’s music album.
Aditya Roy Kapoor and Disha Patani are flaunting their well-built body. In terms of acting both aren’t really challenged. Unlike some of her recent movies, this one gave a little more respect to the actor in Disha. Anil Kapoor’s eccentric Agashe was reduced to a mere police guy suffering from sadness and shock by the end of the film. Kunal Khemu’s Michael Rodriguez had the potential to be a solid antagonist, but sadly his motive was presented in a very naïve way.
All I can say is that the trailer of Malang is a highly misleading one. Expect a typical Mohit Suri film and if that expectation prompts you to watch this movie then you may end up not disliking this film. It’s a very basic revenge drama with a lot of glossy visuals. It’s that kind of a screenplay where the writer is not really bothered about telling the audience who these characters are and what they do in life.
All I can say is that the trailer of Malang is a highly misleading one. Expect a typical Mohit Suri film and if that expectation prompts you to watch this movie then you may end up not disliking it.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended