- 2 hr 41 min
Malik is a 2021 Malayalam-language political thriller film directed by Mahesh Narayanan and produced by Anto Joseph. The movie features Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Vinay Forrt, and Joju George in lead roles. The storyline of the movie revolves around the life of Sulaiman Malik, who is a strong-willed and righteous youth from Ramadapally, a small coastal town in Kerala. The movie spans over four decades, starting from the 1960s to the present day, and presents the journey of Malik from being an innocent boy to a notorious gangster, and then to becoming the hope of the people. The movie opens with a series of events that lead us to the present day, where Malik is being questioned by the police about his alleged involvement in a terrorist attack. Malik tells the police his story, starting from his childhood. He was an orphan, taken in by the local mosque committee, led by Ali Ikka, a prominent figure in the town. Ikka sees great potential in Malik and grooms him to be the leader of the community. Malik's journey takes a U-turn when a group of policemen led by DySP Rajan Pillai enters his town, accusing the locals of smuggling drugs. Malik, with the help of his friends, manages to confront the police and gets them arrested. This incident earns him the respect of the people and puts him on the path of becoming a leader. Malik becomes the voice of the oppressed and supports the poor, marginalized, and downtrodden. He starts a school and a hospital for the locals, and they see him as their savior. However, this draws the attention of the politicians in the state who try to bribe him to join their party. Malik refuses as he is against joining any political party. As Malik becomes more popular, he faces increasing threats from his enemies, who want him dead. He manages to fend off all the attacks, but one incident shakes him to the core. His right-hand man, David, gets killed, and Malik is blamed for it. He goes underground and forms a gang to protect himself and the people. The movie takes a turn when an ambitious journalist, Roselyn, enters his life. She wants to make a documentary about Malik and his life. She interviews him extensively and uncovers the dark secrets of his past. This leads to a confrontation between the two, and Malik reveals the truth about his involvement in various illegal activities that he did for the welfare of his people. The second half of the movie is intense and action-packed, with multiple twists and turns. It shows how Malik takes down his enemies and emerges as a hero. The climax of the movie is emotional and has a powerful message. Fahadh Faasil delivers an outstanding performance as Sulaiman Malik. He portrays the various shades of his character with ease and finesse. Nimisha Sajayan as Roselyn is impressive and holds her own against Fahadh's powerful performance. Vinay Forrt as David, and Joju George as Ali Ikka, deliver great performances in their respective roles. The movie has excellent cinematography by Sanu John Varghese and has some breathtaking shots of the coastal town. The music by Sushin Shyam complements the visuals and elevates the movie's overall appeal. In conclusion, Malik is an intense and captivating political thriller that showcases the journey of a man who emerges as a savior and a hero for his people. The movie has a strong message about the importance of standing up for one's beliefs and fighting for justice. Mahesh Narayanan has done a fantastic job of directing this ambitious project, which is a must-watch for all those who love action-packed dramas with a powerful storyline.