There are very few genres that command boundless interest like crime thrillers do. Especially if it is a well-crafted whodunit. Mohit Suri’s Malang falls in this category, plus it’s touted as high on style quotient and wackiness. While the posters looked like a formulaic Bollywood film, it’s fair to say that the official trailer managed to raise curiosity. Of course, a Mohit Suri film is the biggest hype, given the director’s penchant to give us solid thrillers.
Set in Goa, Malang is set around the romance between Advait (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Sara (Disha Patani). While the former is an introvert, his partner is the exact opposite. Their romance develops at a steady pace but just when their world is at an all-time high, tragedy strikes. The film then takes the investigative route with two cops of contrasting characters are involved in the case—the cynical Inspector Agashe (Anil Kapoor) and the honest Michael (Kunal Khemu). There is also a dose of old-school revenge in the mix.
Potentially, Malang had everything in it to be a vintage edge-of-the-seat thriller. It’s got reasonably well-written dialogues, and also a brisk screenplay which ensures that there isn’t a lag in the narration. But there are quite a few flaws too, and those behave as speed-breakers in the film. For starters, character establishment isn’t convincing and there are plenty of sequences that seem contrived or rushed into the storyline. The twist also ends up as a convenient idea than anything else.