Shikara, Malang fail to click with audience, makes a sloppy start
In times when the Kashmir is burning – be it its newly acquired status, the plight of Kashmiri Pandits or the long-persisting terrorism – Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Shikara is receiving a lukewarm response. On the other hand, Mohit Suri’s romantic action thriller Malang, starring A-listers like Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Disha Patni in the lead roles too just managed to scramble to decency. Let’s take a look in detail how the two films have fared.
Shikara, starring newcomers Aadil Khan and Sadia in lead roles, is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pundits in the 1990s. The storyline is based around the Rahul Pandita’s book ‘Our Moon Has Blood Clots’. The story revolves around a newly married couple Shivkumar Dhar, (a poet) and Shanti (a docile wife) who flee their homeland and are forced to take refuge at a camp in Jammu when the militants took over. The debutants make an attractive pair on the screen and the movie takes off like a love story against the backdrop of a picturesque Kashmir.
Though the story is quite captivating till the first half, displaying the romance and struggles of the couple, the second half is about their struggle to get back to their homes in Kashmir. This second half is a bit too slow and the audience can be seen shifting in their seats getting a little restless. The film is well-directed and the music – composed by Sandesh Shandilya, Abhay Sopori, AR Rahman – has been beautifully churned keeping in sync with the typical Kashmiri rhythm. There is only one thing that goes against the makers and it is the unworthy attempt to blend the love story in times of plight.
Coming to Mohit Suri’s Malang is a witless thriller with Aditya Roy Kapur as Advait and Sara (Disha Patani) in the lead roles, drug-snorting police officers played by Anil Kapoor as Anjaney Agashe and Kunal Kemmu as Michael Rodrigues. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t seem to be a product of Mohit Suri as while the 134-minute movie plot is crisp, songs are sloppy and the dialogues are a series of clichés. The movie was shot in Goa. Even Anil Kapoor’s presence did not help much to the reviews.