Fahadh Faasil’s Malik movie review: Set between 1965 and 2018 in the fictitious fishing hamlet of Ramadapally, Kerala, Malik narrates the storey of a malik (master) Suleiman (Fahadh Faasil), who is the village’s saviour.
Suleiman AKA Ali Ikka, a man in his fifties who has renounced criminal activities, is about to go on a journey to Hajj. He is leaving behind a life of crime, but one that has always been guided by a strong moral compass.
“Now that I’ve given up every ungodly employment, who should I fear?” Allow it to happen if someone higher up is ready to murder me,” he adds, offering us a look into his strong yet flawed nature. As well as establishing the tone for what the viewer will experience.
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Suleiman is apprehended by authorities at the airport on his way to Hajj, under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA). As the tale progresses, we learn more about Suleiman’s background.
Each figure gradually enters the scene. We meet Suleiman’s mother (Jalaja), who takes us on a journey through Suleiman’s upbringing and how he built Ramadapally. She wants the law to run its natural course, even if she wants her son to be punished for his actions.
Suleiman’s ascent to power is depicted in Mahesh Narayanan’s storytelling, as well as how politicians exploit religious tensions and methods to divide two groups for their own advantage. Mahesh incorporates the Tsunami of 2002 into the tale to give it additional depth.
The tale then goes on to demonstrate how politicians exploit people in their most vulnerable position, after losing loved ones, to establish a hatred between the Muslim and Christian communities of Ramadapally and Edavathura, which quickly develops into rioting.
Suleiman’s wife, Rosalyn (Nimisha Sajayan), the sub-collector, Anwar Ali (Joju George), and Suleiman’s best friend, David Christudas, are all brilliantly depicted by Malik (Vinay Forrt).
Rosalyn is a strong woman and the only woman in the community who has attended college. Rosalyn, who is far more educated than her husband, commands attention in every frame of the picture.
She is fearless and understands exactly what she desires. She is a rock of strength who has stood with Suleiman throughout his ascent, and she is unafraid to tell her husband what is right and what is wrong.
She doesn’t mince her words at any time, whether it’s putting political ally PA Aboobacker (Dileesh Pothan) in his place after her husband’s detention or discreetly informing a reluctant officer what would happen if her husband isn’t provided appropriate security.
Rosalyn’s initial move towards the guy she loves has to be the finest sequence in the movie. Nimisha Sajayan is a dynamic talent that the film business should keep an eye on.
Anwar Ali is a quiet figure who first aids Suleiman in his desire to create Ahammadalli Memorial School, a school named after his father.
After an unforeseen change of circumstances, the two quickly turn against one other, despite their initial camaraderie. The grey character of David Christudas demonstrates how a little seed of mistrust planted by a third party may ruin childhood bonds.
Suleiman points to the statue of Jesus and how he is welcoming the Muslim-dominated hamlet of Ramadapally with wide arms in a lovely picture when the two men are sitting on the seashore.
Suleiman may be a damaged character, but Fahadh portrays him so well that the viewer is cheering for him all the way to the end. Suleiman is depicted as a wise and well-intentioned guy who want to help the people of Ramadapally.
He always puts the people of Ramadapally first, whether it’s establishing a school for the youngsters, cleaning the grounds surrounding the mosque, which are being used as a rubbish dump, or shutting down a government sand-mining project that may jeopardise the lives of the fisherman living by the sea.
Despite his frail appearance throughout the picture, the way he mouths his lines is likely to give the viewer chills. It sticks out in particular when he adds, “If you can take me away from the people of Ramadapally, try and take me, sir.”
The coastal region and the livelihood of fishermen are brilliantly shown by cinematographer Sanu John Varghese and editor Mahesh Narayanan. We would have like to see the movie on a huge screen.
The background soundtrack by Sushin Shyam sets the perfect tone. Theerame, the song that plays when the main characters are married, will be stuck in your head for a long time.
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Malik makes the audience think, which is something that doesn’t happen very often these days in movies. It makes you think about the country’s political situation and makes you doubt all you thought you knew.
While various individuals will perceive the film differently, everyone can identify to Suleiman’s character, who always does what is best for his people. Isn’t that what we all do with our loved ones?