Just watched this movie on Netflix, and I can't sugarcoat it - it's bad. For some reason I got the vibe that the makers were trying to desensitize us to LSD and weed. 95% of the flashback sequence had the lead pair hopped up on drugs and had them waltz around like they were in a Bahamas tourism ad. It just seemed unnatural and I don't know when or how they "fell in love". The music was trippy and gelled well with the premise, though.
I absolutely hated the character arcs. Advait is essentially a child and his transformation to a killer was shown in 5 minutes wedged in the middle of a song. Why he was cackling like a maniac at the end, I don't understand. Sara has a substantial role but it's the role we already saw in Ghajini and in Ek Villain. It doesn't help that Disha has half the energy of a Asin or a Shraddha. The main villain's intention was just weird. And coming to Anil Kapoor, his role was great. But I was disappointed too. Why can't we just have a grey character? Does the character HAVE to have an emotional backstory that makes you say "oh he's got a reason."
In all, just watch Ek Villain again. 10x better and that says a lot.
For some reason, Mohit Suri seems to revel in the idea of revenge and a protagonist whose life resonates with downward spiral. Also, he has great taste in music, and the hits he has delivered so far piggyback on the songs in those films, which cannot really boast of having great scripts.
Once again, in Malang, you have a protagonist whose life has taken a dark turn and who is lusting for revenge. Once again, you have great songs that you want to hum for a while. And once again, you don't have a great script.
Malang opens with Advait (Aditya Roy Kapur) beating the crap....