Malang (transl. Vagrant/Wanderer) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by T-Series in collaboration with Luv Films and Northern Lights Entertainment with distribution by Yash Raj Films.[1] The film stars Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani and Kunal Khemu in the lead roles.[5]

Malang
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMohit Suri
Written byAseem Arrora
Screenplay byAniruddha Guha
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Luv Ranjan
Ankur Garg
Jay Shewakramani
StarringAnil Kapoor
Aditya Roy Kapur
Disha Patani
Kunal Khemu
CinematographyVikas Sivaraman
Edited byDevendra Murdeshwar
Music byScore:
Raju Singh
Songs:
Mithoon
Ankit Tiwari
Ved Sharma
The Fusion Project
Adnan Dhool
Rabi Ahmed
Production
companies
Luv Films
T-Series
Northern Lights Entertainment
Distributed byYash Raj Films[1]
Release date
  • 7 February 2020 (2020-02-07)[2]
Running time
135 minutes[3]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget50 crore
Box officeest. 84.50 crore[4]

The shooting began in March 2019 and took place primarily in Goa, but it was also filmed in Mauritius.[6] Final schedule was wrapped up in October 2019.[7] The female lead role went to Patani after Shraddha Kapoor's refusal.[8]

Malang was released worldwide in cinemas on 7 February 2020 in order to avoid clash with Love Aaj Kal, where it was praised for its music, action sequences, direction and cast performances.[9] The film grossed 84.50 crore (US$11 million) worldwide and became a commercial success at the box office.[4][10]

Plot edit

Inspector Anjaney Agashe is a rugged drug-addicted cop who gets rid of known criminals by killing them and staging their deaths like a police encounter as his daughter Vaani had been shot during a raid in Goa. A released convict named Advait Thakur immediately calls Agashe and informs him of an upcoming murder of a police officer and wishes him Happy Solstice. Michael Rodrigues is Agashe's colleague and a plays-by-the-rules cop whose personal life is breaking down as his wife Teresa is having an affair with another man. Later, Michael learns that his friend and co-worker Victor has been brutally murdered.

At the crime scene, Michael meets Agashe and the two are instantly at odds with each other: Agashe wants to kill the murderer, while Michael wants the murderer to be imprisoned. It is implied that Advait is behind Victor's death. Advait soon kills Michael's colleagues Nitin and Deven, where Michael becomes suspicious of a drug-addicted prostitute named Jessie, who is Advait's friend and has been helping him with the murders. Michael notices her in the room and follows her to her presiding place. On knowing that Michael is following her, Jessie tries to burn down the evidence at her place, but Michael enters and learns that he is also one of the targets on Advait's hitlist. Advait surrenders himself to Agashe and Michael's past with Advait is revealed.

Past: Advait is a cheerful and happy-go-lucky guy who meets Sara Nambiar at a rave party in Goa. The two fall in love and decide to travel and party together as vagrants. One day, Sara finds out that she is pregnant with Advait's child. The two initially decide to mutually abort the child. At another rave party, Agashe gatecrashes the same party to capture drug dealers and a shootout ensues, where Vaani is killed in the crossfire. Sara witnesses Agashe's breakdown at his daughter's death and changes her mind. Vaani's death leads to Agashe's alcohol and drug addiction and his change in personality. Sara tells Advait of her decision and she does not need a nomadic life. Having a fear of commitment, Advait leaves Sara and goes off towards the northern mountains to meet a friend. Advait soon realizes his mistakes and returns back to Goa.

Meanwhile, Michael is about to marry his girlfriend Teresa, but is uncomfortable with sex and intimacy. Fearing that his lack of sexual experience will make him "less than a man," Michael goes to Jessie to lose his virginity. Sara has been living with Jessie after Advait left her. When Jessie was away at the market, Michael arrives and mistakes Sara for Jessie. Advait arrives at Jessie's house and finds Michael trying to strangle Sara, where he intervenes and calls the cops. Nitin, Deven and Victor arrive and takes Sara and Advait to the station. However, the police take Advait and Sara to a bridge, where they plan to frame them for drug peddling to avoid Michael's scandal of visiting a prostitute. Michael injects a lethal drug into the couple before throwing Sara off the bridge, while Advait is sentenced to five years in prison. Advait has been taking revenge for Sara's death.

Present: Michael reveals to Advait at the station that he strangled Jessie after the house burnt, where he leaves so that Agashe can kill him in an "encounter." Agashe takes Advait to the same bridge, where Advait tells him that Michael and his friends killed Sara. At the same time, Michael goes home and sees that Teresa is about to leave him. Michael suffers a psychotic breakdown and attempts to murder her, but is suddenly injected and killed with a drug by Sara, who is still alive.

It is revealed that Jessie had saved Sara, who loses her baby. Over the course of five years, Sara and Advait had been planning to exact vengeance together. Agashe's assistant receives a call informing him that Michael has been murdered in his own home. A shocked Agashe wonders reluctantly releases Advait due to lack of evidence and Teresa protects Sara by telling a fake testimony. Advait and Sara find peace and start a new life, while Agashe receives a phone call from an unknown female caller who similarly informs him about an upcoming murder like Advait.

Cast edit

Production edit

Initially, the film was offered to Shraddha Kapoor who could not fit the film into her busy schedule but agreed to do voiceover in the climax.

The filming began on 16 March 2019.[11] The principal photography began on 22 March in Goa.[12] The Mauritius schedule was shot in the first week of May.[13] The film was wrapped up on 7 October 2019.[14]

Release edit

The film was initially scheduled to be released on 14 February 2020; later on 26 December 2019, it was moved earlier by a week to 7 February 2020.[2] The movie was made available in Netflix on 15 May.[15]

Reception edit

Malang received mixed reviews from critics. Harshada Rege of The Times of India gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars stating, "In this film, none of the characters are uni-dimensional, which makes them interesting. Malang begins well with a power-packed action scene, and dives straight into the drama."[16] Madhuri V of Filmibeat also gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 and said, "After the lacklustre Half Girlfriend, Mohit Suri returns to his favourite genre- thrillers, and we must say, the man pulls it off quite well when it comes to calling the shots." According to Bollywood Hungama, which also gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5, quoting that the Disha Patani-Aditya Roy Kapur-starrer Malang is high on style with good performances and thrilling moments but has an average storyline.[17] Apart from positive reviews, the film also received some average critical reviews. Rajeev Masand of News18 India stated in his review, "the plot of the film was unconvincing and doesn't justify the indulgence.[18] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote "Malang is a tepid thriller and its twists don't really take you aback".[19] Rawal Kukreja of Hindustan Times stated that the story was predictable with a whittled away second half and a limping plot.[20]

Soundtrack edit

Malang – Unleash the Madness
Soundtrack album by
Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari, Ved Sharma, The Fusion Project, Adnan Dhool and Rabi Ahmed
Released13 March 2020[21]
Recorded2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length30:06
LanguageHindi
LabelT-Series
External audio
  Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The film's music was composed by with Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari, Ved Sharma, The Fusion Project, Adnan Dhool and Rabi Ahmed with lyrics written by Sayeed Quadri, Kunaal Vermaa, Prince Dubey, Haarsh Limbachiyaa and Adnan Dhool (for "Ho Ja Mast Malang Tu", a version of his band Soch's earlier single "Bol Hu" - released by Nescafé Basement).[22]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Chal Ghar Chalen"Sayeed QuadriMithoonArijit Singh, Ali Zaidi5:40
2."Malang – Title Track"Kunaal Vermaa, Haarsh LimbachiyaaVed SharmaVed Sharma4:47
3."Humraah"Kunaal VermaaThe Fusion ProjectSachet Tandon4:59
4."Phir Na Milen Kabhi"Prince DubeyAnkit TiwariAnkit Tiwari4:59
5."Hui Malang"Kunaal Vermaa, Haarsh LimbachiyaaVed SharmaAsees Kaur3:12
6."Ho Ja Mast Malang Tu"Adnan DhoolAdnan Dhool, Rabi AhmedAdnan Dhool, Hadiya Hashmi6:29
Total length:30:06

Home media edit

The film was made available to stream on OTT platform Netflix on 15 May 2020.[23]

Box office edit

Malang earned 6.71 crore net at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected ₹8.89 crore net and 9.76 crores on its third day, taking the total opening weekend collection to ₹25.36 crores.[4]

As of 19 March 2020, with a gross of 70.23 crore in India and 14.27 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of 84.50 crore.[4]

Sequel edit

A sequel, Malang 2, was officially announced on 31 May 2020.[24] Starring Shraddha Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra and Anil Kapoor.

References edit

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  12. ^ Coutinho, Natasha (22 March 2019). "ADITYA ROY KAPUR AND DISHA PATANI KICK OFF THE SHOOT OF MALANG IN GOA". Mumbai Mirror.
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  16. ^ "Malang Movie Review: 'Malang' is good blend of glam, games and thrills", The Times of India, retrieved 25 May 2020
  17. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (7 February 2020). "Malang Review 3.5/5 : The Disha Patani – Aditya Roy Kapur starrer MALANG is high on style with good performances and thrilling moments but has an average storyline". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Malang movie review: This Dark and Twisted Film Isn't Likely To Do Much for Goa Tourism". News18. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Malang review: A tepid thriller". The Indian Express. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  20. ^ "Malang movie review: Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani's film is a missed opportunity". Hindustan Times. 7 February 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Malang – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jio Saavn. 13 March 2020.
  22. ^ Gafoor, Usman (10 February 2020). "Bollywood film 'Malang' features Pakistani talent". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Malang 2: Makers Plan Sequel to Aditya Roy Kapur-Disha Patani Film After Getting No 1 Rank on Netflix". binged. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
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