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Malik Movie Review

The Malayalam crime thriller ‘Malik’ is written, directed, and edited by Mahesh Narayanan. FahadhFaasil plays ‘Mailk’ with NimishaSajayan as his wife and Joju George in a prominent role.

Malik is OTT released on Amazon Prime Video on 15 July 2021.

Story:

Malik story spans over the lifetime of a man, Suleiman Ali (FahadhFaasil), a revolutionary leader from a coastal village in Kerala. The movie opens with a middle-aged Sulaiman alias Ali, getting arrested by the police under TADA act right before his Hajj Trip. His life story is then narrated by his mother, the police, and others in the sliced flashback method.

Suleiman was raised in a poor Muslim neighborhood, next to a Christian neighborhood. A counterfeit good smuggler in his teens, Suleiman, slowly turns out to be a person who works for the upliftment of the people around him. Both the minority communities live in harmony and Suleimanbecomes a powerful leader for them. Politicians, police, and rival smuggler mafia collude and plan to disrupt the harmony in the area to eventually bring down Ali Ikka’s monopoly. The rest of the story is all about the rise and fall of Ali.

Analysis:

The film has elements inspired by Gangster films, with engaging family drama elements and slices of political flavor embedded well into the framework. The writer-director Mahesh Narayanan borrowed the theme from ‘The Godfather’, Anurag Kashyap’s films, and presents the audience with a complex, wide-reaching story. A few times though, the director has gone overboard trying to incorporate too many into a single story. There is, however, no lack of bright elements in the film.

First and foremost, the biggest strength of this film is Fahadh Faasil. Widely acclaimed for his performances, Fahadh, once again hits the ball out of the park as Ali. His character has multiple facets–as a teen, a young man, an adult – every one of them, Fahadh’s portrayal is effortlessly seamless. Fahadh’s performance is solidly supported by Nimisha and Joju George.

The film is lengthy with near 160 minutes run time, apparently, the pace slows down at times especially the initial phase. As the characters gain depth, the melodrama thickens and the overall impact is that of an engaging crime genre tale elevated by family drama.
Malik release has been delayed several times and it deserves the canvas of the big screen and a good sound system that would have made SushinShyam’s background score more impactful. The cinematography by SanuVerghese is outstanding as well

Verdict :

Malik is an engaging gangster-style film with political drama. The film is backed by solid casting and technicians. The complex story has been told in a simple manner but at slow-paced at times. Overall, Malik is a good watch.

Telugu360 Rating : 3/5

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Interesting set of digital releases this Weekend

With the theatres yet to reopen, several filmmakers inked deals with the digital giants and are releasing them directly. This week, there are a bunch of films releasing on OTTs. Here is the list:

Toofaan: Farhan Akhtar aims for a strong comeback with Toofaan, a sports drama that is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Paresh Rawal, Isha Talwar, Mrunal Thakur, and Vijay Raaz will be seen in other important roles. The film streams on Amazon Prime from July 16th. The trailer was well received by the audience.

Malik: Critically acclaimed Malayalam actor Fahad Fazil’s next film is Malik and the film streams on Amazon Prime from July 15th. Malik is a political thriller and the film was initially announced for a theatrical release on May 13th. With the theatres shut, Malik will have a direct digital release. Mahesh Narayanan directed the film and Dileesh Pothan, Joju George and Nimisha Sajayan played other prominent roles.

Kudi Yedamaithe: U-Turn director Pawan Kumar is back with an interesting attempt titled Kudi Yedamaithe. Amala Paul and Rajul Vijay played the lead roles in this thriller and Kudi Yedamaithe will be streaming on Aha from July 16th.

Vaazhl: Tamil actor Sivakarthikeyan produced an interesting film titled Vaazhl. Pradeep Anthony, TJ Bhanu, Diva Dhawan, Aahrav and SN Bhatt played the lead roles in this Tamil movie which will start streaming on Sony LIV from July 16th.

Apart from these, there are a bunch of international films and shows streaming on Netflix, Amazon this weekend.

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