Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani, Anil Kapoor
Director: Mohit Suri
What’s it about:
A serial killer is on the loose, murdering top cops in Goa. But is he the real villain?
Malang opens with a high octane fight scene where the film’s hero Aditya Roy Kapur takes off his shirt and beats up his fellow inmates to a pulp. Thereafter, he doesn’t miss a chance to show off his washboard abs - whether he is killing people, saving them, making merry or making love. His partner in crime is Disha Patani - the femme fatale who thankfully gets good screen time and she makes the best of it by looking her best (in the skimpiest of outfits). While there are many other actors like Kunal Khemu, Ellie Avram and even Vatsal Seth, it’s Anil Kapoor who is on fire. He plays this trigger-happy cop with so much energy that it’s impossible to not like him.
Malang is a good looking film with great-looking actors in breathtaking locations. Being a Mohit Suri directorial it also has a melodious soundtrack that’s shot tastefully.
And as a thriller, Malang works overtime to infuse unpredictable layers of suspense and also succeeds to an extent. However, its biggest undoing is losing focus from its protagonist to connect it back with some bizarre plot twists and revelations that don’t do justice to the build-up of a murder spree in the first half. The lack of conviction in its poorly written characters and their motives doesn’t add up.
However, if you can get past that then Malang is quite the hotshot thriller that was promised in its trailer.