The director Mohit Suri may not be one of the top names in the industry but has always offered good movies in the past like Zeher, Ashiqui 2, Ek Villain. The USP of his movies has always been the songs. Just like most of the directors he has a favourite genre which is a passionate love story. Music being the main pillar, you will either get to see the die-hard love story, Revenge story or combination of both. Malang is the revenge story of a lover but without the heart touching music.
To escape from the regular life, Advait (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Sara (Disha Patani) come to Goa. After crossing each other’s path a few times, they fall in love. The whole narrative is processed in one night. Advait starts killing the police officers one after the other. He keeps inspector Agashe (Anil Kapoor) informed of every murder. A murder investigation is headed by another police officer called Michael Rodriguez (Kunal Khemu). The story just spins back and forth and unfolds step by step to show you how all these 4 characters are connected from the past.
Each character has some back story and they are revealed at some point as the story moves on. It’s a thin storyline and Mohit makes it complicated by stretching it to add some kind of weight. He fails to lift it too much as there is not much in it. The songs don’t leave the impact as much as his old movies, but they are not a complete forgettable either. The one-take action scene at the very beginning of the movie is very good. You don’t see anything new story-wise. The visuals are stunning as expected. The dialogues aren't impactful to take home.
Acting-wise, Aditya Roy Kapoor has gone few levels up and so is Kunal Khemu. I have never seen Anil Kapoor like this before. He leaves more impact than almost everyone. The caring father, then turning into an angry policeman who is always high on drugs; everything just perfect. Disha Patani is gorgeous as always. She gets bigger screen time than even ‘Dhoni: The Untold Story’ I am sure she could do heaps better. Amruta Khanvilkar and Makarand Deshpande are wasted. Sometimes you wonder why some of the best Marathi actors take up Hindi projects. These 5-minute cameos don't justify their potential.
I kept feeling I was watching 'Ek Villain 2'. Most of the storyline is same with few extra characters added. This would be a good watch if you haven’t watched Ek Villain, or if you like typical revenge stories with some suspense. Otherwise, there are some good movies lined up in the next few weeks.