Malang: ‘Violent Love Story’ Theme Borrowed From 80s

Character artistes outshine protagonists in acting while thrill comes at the expense of love, the latter being Mohit Suri’s forte, in Malang

Director Mohit Suri, who created a special place in the heart of his audience with Aashiqui 2, has once again brought a love story through the film Malang. The makers say this film is a thriller, even as ‘love’ struggles to make a mark. It would be better to call this film a die-hard love story than an action thriller. The film has a big star cast, songs, action, romance and there are a couple of important social messages as well.

The story of Malang is primarily of revenge. Sara (Disha Patni) comes to Goa from abroad to taste a different life. She meets Advait (Aditya Roy Kapur). The two spend some time together and start drawing closer to each other.

Elli AvrRam (Jessie), a drug addict, brings these two closer. Both Sara and Advait become friends of Elli too. Meanwhile, Sara gets pregnant while, apprehensive of responsibilities, Advait abandons her.

Here enter two policemen, Anjaney Agashe (Anil Kapoor) and Michael Rodriguez (Kunal Khemu). Agashe, despite being a cop, is always under the influence of drugs while he wants to eliminate the crime instead of criminals. Rodriguez is an officer of the police special cell who is calm and serious about his work.

Now, what do these policemen have to do with the murder, crime and revenge? How do all these characters connect with each other? Throughout the film, the character of every character changes and the end defies imagination.

Mohit Suri gives love a special place in his films. But that magic seems to be missing from his film. The storyline has some loose ends and it drags in places. The direction could have been better. The first half is long and slow.

Anil Kapoor and Kunal Khemu are the best performers in the film. Both have done justice to their characters. Jessie has impressed with his acting skills too. The screen presence of Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patni is good but they need to work on their facial expressions.

Suri is supposed to be particular about the music of his films. That’s a special project he takes up within every film of his. This time too, the music of Malang moves the audience. A total of five songs run in the film’s album, all well-liked. Arijit Singh’s ‘Chal Ghar Chalen’ is beautiful while ‘Phir Na Mile Kabhi’ by Ankit Tiwari is good. The title track ‘Malang’ is doing well in the charts.

Somewhere Malang misses Suri’s magic touch. The pathos in the love of Aditya and Disha could have been better. The idea of a violent love story is so 1980! Present-day India wouldn’t take a Muqaddar ka Sikandar (1978) or even Tezaab (1988).

Malang conveys a strong message on masculinity but sounds patronising in the lines on drugs. The less evolved section of the audience of commercial flicks may not mind it, though.

Malang cast

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