Malang Movie Review: Malang Is A Dark Tale Of Revenge With A Captivating Climax
Malang is a story based in Goa, which begins with a power-packed action scene set inside a jail, which sets the mood for the film, that of a dark revenge thriller. Aditya plays Advait, who decides to live a vagabond life, and hence travels to Goa to start one; and Disha plays Sara who is a girl settled abroad, who travels to Goa to experience the thrills of life in full zest; for her, life is all about 'choices' and thus one should 'let go'. She is not just in Goa to enjoy the highs of adventure but also to let go of the fears that she holds deep inside, as she wants 'Mazey' (fun) in life and not 'Sukun' (peace). Both of them bump into each other at a rave party which makes them end up together on a long elongated trippy ride, in picture-perfect Goa. The two young people start their journey from a one night stand and eventually fall in love, dreaming to live a happy and content life, that comes crashing down post a heinous incident. As a result of this incident their lives cross paths with two police officers, Anjane Agashe (Anil Kapoor) and Michael Rodriguez (Kunal Kemmu). The film has two parallel narratives, one in the past trying to root the narrative of the present and justify the actions of a murder that is done cold bloodedly by Advait. It's a chain of incidents, leading one to another that constructs the plot of this revenge thriller. The first part of the film is trippier than the characters actually doing drugs look like to be and has all the adventure that one would want to experience at any beach holiday. From skydiving, scuba diving, to jumping from a heightened cliff into a water, to water sports, to driving around the beautiful lanes of Goa on a motorcycle, it will make you miss your Goa trips and want you to go out on one soon. Due to the back and forth between two narratives and openings of several plots to join the dots at the end, you certainly get confused and feel completely lost in the track of the narrative by the interval, trying to make sense out of the plot, which might otherwise be as congested as one of those hill top Goa parties in season. Post interval the film gets gripping and nail-biting with every second, and you certainly can't take off your eyes off the screen. All your trippyness from the first half will end with a rush of emotion, ironically with the film's plot too. The action sequences are superbly choreographed which will make it more appealing for the single screen audience. The climax will make your jaws drop with how all the dots finally come together, though it is certainly not convincing in many aspects, taking huge cinematic liberties. Aditya looks hot flaunting his toned muscles and stubble look and this under the radar star is certainly one of the best when it comes to emotional scenes among his contemporaries, but this time he shines in action as well. Disha looks glamorous and beautiful in all the frames, especially while flaunting her toned abs in a sexy bikini by the beach, but she is not versatile and carries a single expression right through the film. But both the actors in-spite of looking like a 'perfect match' for each other lack good chemistry and spark. Anil Kapoor as the drug addict police officer, who abides by no rules, is the scene stealer in this film. The actor stands out in his action sequence with Aaj Ki Raat from the 1973 classic Anamika played in the background. He is surely a treat to watch in this film. Kunal Khemu also gives a layered performance and is impressive in the film. Mohit Suri returns with an exciting plot that he manages to showcase well on the screen, but it is a bit too convoluted at times.The cinematography is commendable, but the editing could have been a bit more lucid, especially in the first half. The music in Mohit Suri's films are high points, and Malang is no different, with some great tunes but the lyrics are not memorable. Not all you see in this film will be able to convince you, but it makes a one time thrilling watch.