Fahadh Faasil’s Malik is a film that will remind everyone of the genocides that occurred in the name of religion and the one that can never be forgotten. A sprawling story of crime and punishment. Mahesh Narayanan’s political drama spans generations and decades and tells us the story of marginalized people. This film is based on real-life events and has been served to us with some extra imagination as an addition to the plate.
Fahadh Faasil’s Malik begins with a 13 minute plus continuous shot, crafted beautifully. The scene is stitched very well that one cannot stop admiring the director Mahesh Narayanan and the Dop Sanu John Varghese. A lot of detailing has been put into this shot to portray the human drama and emotion.
Malik tells us the story of Sulaiman Ali, played by the extraordinary talent Fahadh Fasil, who has been shown as a criminal with a strong moral center. We watch Salaiman Ali getting laid low by tragedy and time as he ages over the film. We can’t term Malik as the story of just Salaiman Ali, as this film also emphasizes the story of a marginalized seafarer who is always seen as a second-class citizen by the public and the state. The story is a search for truth, presented to us through various characters over different periods of time.
Ramadapally – a place where Malik’s family took refuge, from where life was supposed to end. From here, Malik dedicated his life to Ramadan and its people. Over the period of time, he established power and his kingdom, and the people turned to him with the trust that their Malik wouldn’t let them down. This is also the reason that Malik feels that no one will kill him.
The storytelling is powerful, and the length of the movie does not weigh down on the quality of it. Multiple narrators giving us multiple viewpoints and telling us stories from the flashback is one interesting aspect, as the storytelling made sure that we know different sides to the tale that led to the current scenario in the film.
When the story first begins, Sulaiman Is shown as a powerful king, then his vulnerability is seen as he gets arrested. Sulaiman’s younger version tells us how he began smuggling, how he fell in love and married her. While he indulges in all sorts of wrongdoings, he also cleans up the garbage in Ramadapally and even builds a school. People admire him for the works he has done for them.
Things change when police and the politicians turn things into poison and the Muslims, and the Christians turn against each other creating a communal riot. One will see games being played in the name of religion, but only to realize that this issue is deep-rooted.
Malik wouldn’t have been possible without the extraordinary performances by the cast of the film. It won’t be wrong to say that Fahadh Fasil has set a benchmark for himself with this film. Fahad has been able to do full justice to every era. Nimisha Sajayan, Vinay Fort, Dileesh Pothen, Salim Kumar, Joju, Indrans, and Jalaja are all competing in the film. This is a beautiful film that could have given us a theatrical experience worth remembering, but Covid took that blessing away from us. Malik was produced by Anto Joseph Film Company with an investment of around Rs 27 crore. The direction, cinematography, and background music equally do justice and wins the audience.
Malik – a film that depicts every human emotion, including the green realities of life, the excitement of youth, violence, love, boredom, death, political gambles, the intrigue of a government that divides people into religious ideologies, and the lust for power. A direct look at the lives of green men.
The director has succeeded in keeping the audience together from beginning to end. The film feels real, and this is one of the major reasons why the film hits the right chord with the audience. This film in the right sense has shown us the power of religion. It can save and scar people.
Fahadh Fassil is the true Malik in the film and every character in this film makes it a MUST WATCH!