Malik review: A fantastic experience. Don’t miss it!

Malik review: A fantastic experience. Don’t miss it!

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Critic's Rating: 4/5

Thursday 15 July 2021

Movie Title

Malik review: A fantastic experience. Don’t miss it!


Mahesh Narayanan

Star Cast

Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Dileesh, Joju George

After the well-appreciated Take Off and C U Soon, writer-director Mahesh Narayanan and actor Fahadh Faasil are teaming up once again in Malik, which has been set in a coastal village of Kerala.

Sulaiman (Fahadh Faasil) is an aging patriarch, who is the uncrowned king of the coastal area of Ramadappalli. The long first shot introduces the viewer to the world of Sulaiman, who is known as Ali Ikka to the locals. 

Soon after, he is arrested as he is about to get into the aircraft on his journey for the holy Hajj. The eventful story of how Sulaiman and his gang of friends become so influential in their area is being told then. The situation in that peaceful territory later takes an unfortunate turn when some wily men, politicians, and the cops create a divide between the people there, in the name of religion.

The story chronicles over some decades and it is amazing the way that Mahesh has created the atmosphere. You feel like growing up with Sulaiman and his friends. Sanu John Varughese’s delicious visuals and Sushin Shyam’s brilliant music add to the effect in a spectacular way.

Mahesh Narayanan had created magic on screen as a director, earlier with an emotional tale happening in the war-hit Iraq in Take Off and then by making the thrilling C U Soon during the lockdown. In Malik he is telling a story that is relevant during these times when religion is often seen creating walls between people at times in a scary way.

He keeps the viewer thoroughly engaged for the 2 hours and 41 minutes, unveiling the story of the people of Ramadappalli through interesting incidents and some dramatic twists and turns.

With another brilliant performance, Fahadh Faasil steals the show here. He gets into the shoes of his character with remarkable perfection and makes his Godfather-like character so believable. Nimisha Sajayan is terrific as Roselin, who is Sulaiman’s wife. Joju George, Vinay Forrt, Dileesh Pothan, Jalaja, and Indrans perform their parts very well. On the downside, the film is a tad too long at 2 hours 40 minutes and the plot is familiar.

Malik is never an easy movie to make considering its elaborate canvas, settings, and details. Of course, you would miss the experience of watching this one at the theatres. It is not often that such a grand spectacle continues to remain in your minds and affect you like this, long after the end titles start rolling. Malik is such a fantastic experience. Don’t miss it!

Verdict: Excellent


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