Malang Movie Review: Aditya Roy Kapur -Disha Patani Starrer Suffers Due To A Slow Start But Picks Up Pace And How!
When I had first watched the trailer of Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patani starrer Malang, I was confused to be honest. It looked like a hotchpotch and except for two extremely good looking actors who had a fairly good chemistry, I could not make out what really to expect from the film where every character seems to have been obsessed with ‘maarna’. But, after watching the film without much expectation, I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised.
Malang starts off slow. This is one of those films that would have a dramatic entry for the hero, where he is ripping shirts and beating baddies. But as it tries to set the narrative it the first half, constantly switching between the past and the present, it becomes somewhat slow. The first hour moves quite slowly, trying to establish what is going on. But once it gets there, it picks pace and how!
Aditya Roy Kapur plays a backpacking traveler, Aidwait, who has a chanced meeting with Sara, played by Disha Patani. The two meet and separate, only to meet again and conquer their fears together. The other main characters include Anil Kapoor, who plays a blood thirsty cop who snorts, then plays a song and kills people who have committed murders; and Michael Rodrigues played by Kunal Khemu. Well, I won’t go beyond the basic for the obvious reason of giving out spoilers.
The film has quite a bit of similarity with director Mohit Suri’s other hit film, Ek Villain. In fact, for quite a part, you would feel like Mohit knows just one kind of women, those who are out to cross things out from their bucket list and in the process, meet and fall in love with a man. And even for the hero, it seems like a mandatory thing for him to go to jail. Yes, that driving factor of loss of a loved one plays here as well. But thanks to quite a predictable twist that most people who saw the trailer would be able to guess, some thrill goes missing when we reach the end!
The film shows how much Aditya Roy Kapur has grown as an actor. This man was the most surprising element in Kalank and even though I did not enjoy the film, I enjoyed every presence of his on the screen. Here too, he is brilliant, enacting every emotion with spontaneity and earnestness. Disha Patani too is convincing as the carefree Sara. However, I really felt that the camera was a little too obsessed at times in focusing at all the wrong angles. Kunal Khemu pairs up with Aditya Roy Kapur once again, and why do we not see him more often really? He is amazing and his acting prowess is visible especially in the last few minutes of the film. Anil Kapoor, as usual, is strong in his game as the psycho cop.
The location is fantastic. As is a rule with Mohit Suri films, the music is amazing and I was so glad to listen to all originals songs in the film. They are not out of place and blend beautifully into the narrative.
But this film too has its own set of flaws. The message given out to seek justice and revenge is twisted to say the least. And once again, like most Bollywood films, this one gets racist. Why would we have a black man portrayed as a drug dealer otherwise? And throughout the scenes that show usage of drugs, you will come up with the most creative anti-drug one liners!
All in all, this is a good and entertaining thriller that you can definitely watch once!