Mahesh Narayanan’s glorious ‘Malik’, with Fahadh Faasil, Vinay Forrt and Nimisha Sajayan, shows how a drama can be epic and intimate all at once

Posted on July 15, 2021

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The cinematographer of Malik, Sanu John Varghese, opens the film with a long, unbroken take. It takes us into the household of Ali ikka (Fahadh Faasil). We are plunged into his world. It’s as if the audience were outsiders or just acquaintances at a wedding where everyone knew each other. And like outsiders, we gradually learn details by eavesdropping. For example, Ali ikka’s mother has memory issues, there’s a lot of friction between them, and there’s someone called Ameer who is spoken about. 

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