Malang (transl. Vagrant) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language romance action thriller movie directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, and Jay Shewakramani. It stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani, Anil Kapoor and Kunal Khemu, with a guest appearance by Shaad Randhawa.
The film is distributed by the banner Yash Raj Films. The film was announced on 4 March 2019. Principal photography commenced in Goa on 22 March and was wrapped up on 7 October 2019. The film was theatrically released in India on 7 February 2020. Advait Thakur and Sara Nambiar from London, two free-spirited youngsters meet at a party in Goa. They have come to live a life unshackled like vagabonds (Malang). They both live it up together. The film shows the events that happen 5 years later where Advait is released from jail and goes on a cop-killing spree which drug-addict, killer cop Anjaney Agashe and righteous cop Michael Rodrigues try to stop.
Cast of Malang
Aditya Roy Kapur as Advait Thakur
Disha Patani as Sara Nambiar
Anil Kapoor as ACP Anjaney Agashe
Kunal Khemu as Michael Rodriguez
Elli Avram as Jessie
Keith Sequeira as Nitin Salgaonkar
Amruta Khanvilkar as Teresa
Vatsal Sheth as Victor Himanshu Tandon
Shaad Randhawa as Advait’s friend (guest appearance)
Prasad Jawade as Deven Shivaji Jadhav
Marketing and release Malang
They all lead cast first look posters of the film were released on 3 January 2020. On 6 January the official trailer was launched by T-Series. 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.
Production of Malang
The filming began on 16 March 2019. The principal photography began on 22 March in Goa. The Mauritius schedule was shot in the first week of May. The film was wrapped up on 7 October 2019
Box office Malang
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.
As of 1 March 2020, with a gross of ₹69.15 crores in India and ₹9.99 crores overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of ₹79.14 crores.
Aseem Arora’s story is decent. But it is a bhelpuri of various films like EK VILLAIN , MURDER 2 , MARJAAVAAN , RACE  etc. Aniruddha Guha’s screenplay ensures most scenes don’t give a strong déjà vu of any film. There’s a lot happening in the film and the script is written in such a way that it does not bore the audience. Aseem Arora’s dialogues are subtle but sharp and don’t go over the top in most places.
Mohit Suri’s direction is good. There’s a marked improvement from his previous films. There’s a lot of style in his execution that gives the film a fresh and a nice touch. There are a lot of characters and subplots but he joins them seamlessly. Also, often, filmmakers go the psychedelic way while showing the effects of drugs on protagonists. This has become quite clichéd now and surprisingly, Mohit doesn’t go that route at all. A few scenes are very well handled, especially the present-day scenes. But on the flip side, some developments don’t work as intended whether it’s the love story or Michael’s dilemma. Even the backstory of Advait and Sara seems half-baked.
MALANG begins on a messy note. The one-take action scene is quite entertaining. The film then goes on a flashback mode showcasing Advait and Sara’s romance. It is interspersed with the present-day thrilling portions. A few portions here stand out like Agashe interrogating the African drug dealer (this is sure to raise tons of laughs), Agashe finding Nitin Salgaonkar and of course the intermission point. Post-interval, the flashback slows down the film a bit as one is more curious to see what happens once Advait is in the clutches of the cops. There’s a solid twist in the tale and though it comes as a shocker, it is also a bit convenient.
Speaking of performances, each and every actor does fine. Aditya Roy Kapur is in great form. He looks very convincing as a fearless man with a vengeance who can take on dozens of goons. His acting in some crucial scenes could have been better but he manages. Disha Patani probably gets the most screen time ever. She looks gorgeous and delivers a heartwarming performance. Anil Kapoor provides the humor quotient. But his character is a lot more than just a funny man and the talented actor gets it just right. And he looks dashing! Kunal Kemmu’s character to has a lot of shades and he rocks the show. Elli AvrRam is decent at best. Her dialogue delivery could have been a bit better. Vatsal Seth, Keith Sequeira, and Prasad Jawade are okay. Devika Vatsa (Vani Agashe) leaves a huge mark in a cameo.
The music of the film weak and a film like this ought to have super-hit music. The title track and ‘Hui Malang’ are the best of the lot and are well shot. ‘Chal Ghar Chalen’, ‘Bande Elahi’, ‘Humraah’ and ‘Phir Na Milen Kabhi’ lack of repeat value. Raju Singh’s background score is dramatic.
Vikas Sivaraman’s cinematography is stunning and one of the best in recent times. Notice how the first scene (the long one-take shot) is captured and how sufficient care is taken not to show Aditya Roy Kapur’s face until the right time. Even the scenes of Goa and Mauritius are captured with perfection. Vintee Bansal and Sidhant Malhotra’s production design is a bit theatrical but works. Ayesha Dasgupta’s costumes are super stylish, especially the ones worn by Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani and Anil Kapoor. The manner in which Anil wears his police shirt on a T-shirt and keeps it unbuttoned makes a unique style statement. Aejaz Gulab’s action is not too gory and seems realistic. NY VFXwaala’s VFX is fine. Devendra Murdeshwar’s editing is simplistic.
On the whole, MALANG is high on style with good performances and thrilling moments but has an average storyline. At the box office, it only has the advantage of a clear one-week window and will, therefore, do average business.