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RAYON REVIEWS: ‘Malang’, an Unexpectedly Action-Packed Prequel to ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, is Let Down by the Odd Choice Made by the Lead Pair to Speak Only in Dinosaur Roars

By Team Rayon Updated: February 7, 2020 at 6:44 am 6 Comment

When it was announced that Mohit Suri will be taking on the epic task of making a prequel to the 2011 hit Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, fans were skeptical. Does he manage to do justice to the much-loved film? Partly.



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Malang tells the origin story of Laila (Katrina Kaif’s character in ZNMD). Laila’s dad Advait (Aditya Roy Kapur) meets her mom Sara (Disha Patani) at a rave in Goa and they decide to live their life without any rules. Things go downhill for their relationship when they realise that Sara’s character is just a plot device and has to have something horrible happen to her that would send Advait to prison. After getting out, he becomes a serial killer and it’s up to two cops (Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu) to stop him.

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The makers of this one ensure that you don’t necessarily have to have seen ZNMD before watching this prequel, but it is definitely recommended to do so. It gives us a deeper understanding of why Laila was the way she was. If you remember from ZNMD, it was Laila who made the boys realise that life is unpredictable and we need to live everyday as it is our last. This philosophy, academically known as ‘Utter Garbage’, makes the core theme of the movie.

What lets the movie down, in my opinion, is the odd choice for the lead pair to only talk in dinosaur roars, specifically the T-Rex one.



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There is no mention whether speaking like dinosaurs is also one of the ‘seize the day’ tasks that the couple is involved in, and it takes one away from the story. This further taints the performances by Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu, who seem equally perplexed at the sudden shrieks coming from Aditya Roy’s mouth, making it clear that this was not scripted.

We’ve all heard of actors going deep inside the character’s soul as a form of method acting. This might be Disha Patani and Aditya Roy Kapur’s way of showing that, like dinosaurs, their characters can perish at any moment and they need to seize the day and chill.


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