A very slow, predictable and not worthy movie : Malaal movie review

Malaal movie cast: Meezan Jaffrey, Sharmin Segal, Ankush Bisht
Malaal movie director: Mangesh Hadawale
Malaal movie rating: One and a half star

Malaal, the remake of a Tamil hit, spends most of its running time in a Mumbai chawl of the late 90s.

The pace at which things develop between debutant pair Shiva (Jaffrey) and Aastha (Segal) is slower than a sloth. The first half is about the standard getting together of of the two : shiva is an idle-layabout, who whiles away time in dance bars and card games and beating people up; Aastha is an ace student, studying to clear her CA exams.

The second half is more of the same. The pushes and pulls of being from different communities, Shiva, a Marathi manoos, Aastha, a girl from Bihar and from a different class, he is the son of a bad-tempered blue collar worker and an impossibly sunny-natured mother, she is the daughter of a well-to-do couple fallen on bad days, are blunted by the loud melodrama, and high-pitched delivery.

Malaal is nothing but a series of cliché scenes we are no more interested in watching and even the stars doesn’t take the pain away . Meezan definitely has got those grooves it in his genes but neither Meezan nor Sharmin Segal are pleasant enough, though she still better to watch than he, but they do not have impact.Some songs-and-dances here and there for distraction too aren’t of much help.

Overall the the same thing continues that we have time and again seen in other entertainment dramas Just like Kabir Singh, in this movie too the good-for-nothing male is entitled enough to put his stamp on the young woman: yeh meri hai, he declares, and everyone else backs off. ( How much I wish I had a guy like that in my life !! ) Writers and directors seems to not understand that this type of Romance is not something we need in real life and just continues to give the wrong notions of love.

The end is a hurried twist. And will only leave you with one question : wasn’t one such film enough, why made the remake?

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