Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani, Anil Kapoor, Kunal Khemu
Malang begins at the prison, where a man is pumping the life outta his co-convicts because they took away something that belonged to the woman he loves. That little something is a bracelet. The hulk of a man who is fighting in the rain and muck, is Advait (Aditya Roy Kapur) After the fight he picks up the phone to dial a police officer Anjaney Agashe (Anil Kapoor) and lets him in on his secret. A tale that will make you curious as well as shudder in equal parts, after all, the man admits he is about to kill someone in cold blood.
Flashback: Advait is a quintessential shy guy (Mohit Suri doesn’t tell us why). Though he looks pretty hunky, he doesn’t see himself as cool enough. He doesn’t flaunt himself, doesn’t grab attention to himself, he only wants to capture moments in his camera. He wants to lose himself in the crowd! In one such crowd, he finds a face that draws him into her world. That’s Sara (Disha Patani) a Londoner in India for the first time! With Sara everything changes in Advait. Together, the two are each other’s salvation as well as destruction. Their love makes them feel invincible but as they ‘live life one high to another’ their highs spiral them into a life that’s beyond their control.
It is when everything seems to be broken that Advait starts his course of vengeance. How and where do Anjaney Agashe and Michael Rodrigues (Kunal Khemu) fit into this, will be letting you in on a spoiler so instead let’s speak about how Mohit Suri has managed this thriller!
The first half of Malang spends a lot of time building the curiosity. It starts off bleak and injured, like Advait, but promises a great deal. The second half takes the film forward beautifully. And more importantly, it also helps clear a lot of confusion from the first half. Aseem Arora’s writing is good. The dialogues are a little hit and miss, there are some that make you sigh while others are too flat. A lot about the ineffectiveness of the dialogues concerns the actor. Disha Patani while looking stunning throughout the film, delivers her dialogues really bland. She manages well in the sweet ones but the moment she needs to deliver a punch, verbally, she misses the mark.
Of course, with veterans like Anil Kapoor in the film, you can be assured that they won’t be missing the crucial punches at all. AK is in such a good form, that you seek him in the frame naturally. His signature style chuckle, his patented punctuations are as much in shape as he! AK is easily one of the best things in Mohit Suri’s Malang. Cinematography Vikas Sivaraman comes in next. He makes the film look good, really good. Despite Goa being a Bollywood regular, Vikas has managed to make it look breathtaking especially in the happier scenes.
Which brings us to the man who has pinned all his hopes on this one film – Aditya Roy Kapur. Aditya R K hasn’t had a full-fledged film for himself since Ok Jaanu (2017) Although we did see him briefly in Kalank, nothing could prepare you for Aditya R K in Malang. The man has completely outdone himself. His two looks in the film are really poles apart but what’s more important is that he has started playing characters, leaving his real self away. The acting has finally set in.
So Mohit Suri gets full points in bringing that out in his lead though the film needed more editing and the Advait-Sara love story needed a lot more depth. Yet, the film is definitely a one time watch for most. The fans of the lead actors could stomach it multiple times.