Malik (2021) : Movie Review – Mahesh Narayanan continues ruling 2021 with this 3rd consecutive triumph powered by Fahadh Faasil in sublime form.

Malik did not convey anything from the teaser/trailer so what was it all about and what to expect? Several questions like this fueled to underestimation of this crime saga but like we say, whatever happens, happens for the best. Malik was looking like an underdog and that has helped the film to create an atmosphere of fewer expectations which is completely overtaken by the film like a tsunami. Mahesh Narayanan has delivered two great films already in 2021, ‘Aarkkariyam’ and ‘Nayattu’ and he continues the same form with Malik even though the film has a couple of drags, but has cringed away in a safer zone.

Malik Movie Review

Malik Movie Review

A past ridden with crime, death, and pain is recounted to Freddy, a juvenile criminal, who has been assigned to eliminate his estranged uncle Sulaiman, an aging patriarch, while behind bars. Malik’s storyline may remind you of several crime dramas made in the past (all over India), but still, it has some things going in its own way for the sake of goodness. That religious hatred and unity factor is effective despite being less explored as maybe the makers didn’t want to evoke any controversy. The screenplay is fantastic in spite of a slow start and slow end because the middle portion is Highly engaging and entertaining too. Malik could have had few things done in a better way but let it be, not every film can be perfect.

Thanks to all the actors in the film who have helped to forgive those few mistakes done by the writer. Fahadh Faasil as Ali Ikka is superb in every scene. From teenage to manhood to aged man, he has transformed very well according to the situations and the demand of the various attitudes. Nimisha Sajayan is one actress to watch out for, not just in Malik but in every film. There is hardly any film where she has failed to deliver what the character demands and this one is surely not that film. While supporting them, Vinay Fort, Joju George, and Jalaja do fine jobs. Overall, the acting unit has provided one solid reason that why this film shouldn’t be missed.

Malik may look out of the way sometimes and even predictable but even using the cliches is an art and Director Narayanan seems to have mastered it. The technical team has also done a fine job. The background score, cinematography, music, dialogues, artwork, etc. has found fit versions for the narrative and that’s why Malik never looks too filmy or unrealistic. Overall, a fantastic effort in every aspect that should get a place in your latest watchlist.

RATING – 3.5/5* 🌟🌟🌟✨

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