Malaal Movie Review:
Director – Mangesh Hadawale
Star cast – Meezaan Jaffrey, Sharmin Segal, Sameer Dharmadhikari and Ankush Bisht
Genre – Romantic Drama
Producer – Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, and Mahaveer Jain
Production Company – Bhansali Productions and T-Series
Screenplay – Mangesh Hadawale and Sanjeev
Story – Selvaraghavan
Cinematography – Ragul Dharuman
Rating – 2.5
The film is based on a story of two people – Shiva played by Meezaan and Astha played by Sharmin. They are poles apart in nature and background but they experience the innocence of love. Shiva is a rogue fellow from a Mumbai chawl, while Astha is just the opposite. She is treated like an alien but she soon adjusts herself to win the rapport of the people including the love of Shiva. But the mismatch creates the problem in the two giving the Malaal or regret to the lover, who feels what and what really goes in the film is interesting to catch.
Malaal is not a typical Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, which is otherwise known to be a jazzy affair. The huge sets and colorful stuff are missed over the silver screen this time, perhaps the content and story of the film do not support these elements for which Bhansali is often known for. The story comes out to be a usual love story of two souls of different nature and background, but the regret element seems to have been added for the first time that can be interesting about this film. The film has too many glitches with too many new people on board. This certainly includes the actors in the lead role. They have just started their careers and have to go a long way. Thus for them, Malaal is nothing less than a learning venture for them.
Also, the director seems to be lagging in behind in many things particularly the implementation part as Malaal seems to be a poorly managed movie. Now, talking about the performance, it has some mediocre performances both from Meezaan Jaffrey and Sharmin Segal. Needless to say that they have faced the camera for the first time and they have to learn a lot and one can expect something good in their coming films. Talking about the other elements like direction, music, screenplay, dialogues, photography and other elements, everything seemed okay and did not help the film to gain higher entertainment values.
Malaal The Last Word
The makers of Malaal simply had to launch the newbies in the B Town, otherwise investing in such a story could be not less than a regret thing for them. The film has not much to offer so if you want to catch this film this weekend, better go on your own risk as you have nothing much to gain with Malaal except the regret.