Film Review: Malik (2022) by Mahesh Narayanan

As now we have talked about many occasions earlier than, and notably in our particular record concerning the style, India produces a number of the finest crime movies these days. Mahesh Narayana continues the legacy with one other epic in “Malik”

“Malik” is screening at International Film Festival Rotterdam

The story unfolds in non-linear style, beginning with a reasonably spectacular prolonged single shot scene that introduces the primary character, Ali Sulaiman, the godfather of Ramadally, a small Indian coastal city the place Muslims and Christians dwell peacefully facet by facet. One thing is clearly amiss nevertheless, and the pilgrimage journey he’s about to undertake is happening in rigidity, together with his politician buddy, Aboobacker, his spouse Roseline, and his daughter, feeling the stress on a variety of ranges. Ultimately he’s imprisoned, and the narrative continues with a collection of flashbacks that present his path from a lowly Muslim, to a smuggler, to an area chief, together with his relationship with David, and his sister, who was to be the love of his spouse, taking heart stage, together with the all the time tense situation of a society inhabited by each Muslims and Christians. 

Mahesh Narayanan has clearly studied the works of Anurag Kashyap and Francis Ford Copolla, and if one appears to be like a bit higher, notably within the first a part of the film, additionally Lijo Jose Pellissery, particularly in the best way his personal modifying implements a continuous, frantic tempo. The way in which the story unfolds, with the again and forths in time, highlights the very fact, as a lot because the charming story of the rise and fall of a person who wished the most effective for his household, his mates and his group, and was prepared to go to extremes to realize it. 

On the similar time, Narayanan manages to make his film look well timed and up to date, by elevating a variety of social points, relating to faith (even when the movie is unquestionably pro-Muslim) and the best way it splits folks, corruption and the best way each the police and politicians are a part of it, household, friendship and revenge. Concerning the aforementioned establishments particularly, his method is really authentic and charming. The way in which the members of the 2 cooperate with one another to kill their widespread enemy is so apparent that it borders on the comedian, with this side additionally giving the movie its spectacular finale. The identical applies to the function of Aboobacker, who stays controversial, however is basically “one to not be trusted” from starting to finish. Dileesh Pothan offers an ideal efficiency within the function, with the identical making use of to Vinay Forrt as David, who emerges as an much more controversial determine. 

Additionally of be aware is the best way the ability of ladies within the specific society is portrayed, with Roselyn particularly being fairly fearful as a personality, fully altering from the idealistic however timid lady Ali as soon as married, with Nimisha Sajayan including one other nice efficiency. The quartet of excellent performing concludes with Fahadh Faasil as Ali, who acts at the least as brilliantly as he did in “Joji”, in a extremely nuanced and fairly demanding function that has him remodeling a variety of occasions, together with bodily. 

The music video sequences, so frequent in Malayalam cinema, are right here as soon as extra, and are reasonably prolonged, however the total artfulness and the best way they really progress the story increase them to a stage a lot greater than what’s normally the case. Sanu Varghese’s cinematography can also be top-notch, as exhibited each within the preliminary scene, the assorted motion ones, and the best way the whites of the Muslims are portrayed in a method that’s equally stunning, ominous, and contextually vital. 

“Malik” is a superb film, with Narayanan having carried out the “classes” he took from the aforementioned masters in the most effective style. Even when a bit too early, it undoubtedly appears to be like like the most effective movies of the yr. 



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