Malik review – Fahadh Faasil is brilliant in Amazon’ overly ambitious yet classic crime saga
Malik movie Written, directed & edited by Mahesh Narayanan,
the film starts with the definition of the elderly protagonist Sulaiman Ali Ahammad, act by Fahadh Faasil,
who prepares to perform Haj.
The leader of the community developing the coastal area of
Ramadapally has to handle the tension and difficult conditions even in the midst of preparations for the pilgrimage.
But Rosaline, who seems to be a force in her own right,
Is adamant that he use the Haj to show that he is taking a break from his shadowy past.
Fill with action, characters and conflicts- with family, community & politicians- the 1st scene makes for a heavy start.
But Fahadh & Nimisha are such actors who are capable of grabbing & holding your attention, whatever it may be.
And as the scene changes, the story begins to flow in a more comprehensible way.
Travel in a non- linear fashion, the drama sees how politicians bluff systems,
and people to create projects that destroy communities and land, while loosening their pockets.
At time the police arrest Sulaiman before he leaves for Haj and we wait to see how it pans out,
the film depicts young Sulaiman as a smuggler and a bold risk taker.
who is also willing to work for the neighbouring Muslim.
And the Christian community in their backward coastal region.
But crime is a slippery slope and when the locals look up to it,
the bureaucracy is bound to act against its illegal activities.
They search it difficult, how the political system ruthlessly pits brother against brother.
At 160 minutes of running time, there are moments when the film lags and bits that feel a bit stretchy and vague,
such as the firing when Sulaiman’s younger son is killed.
But the main plot, which focuses on the police trying to eliminate Sulaiman’s problem is mysterious and interesting.
Mahesh, who has provided us importance projects like Take-Off, could have retain the story strength.
Sanu Varghese’s cinematography is a beautiful balance of the picturesque.
While the lead pairing is good, especially in their older avatars,
The other supportin cast of mainly Joju George, Dileesh Pothen & Indrans fill class in to the movie.