Malaal is the Story of Young Love in Complex Working Class Politics
Malaal starring Sharmin Segal and Meezaan Jaafer is embroiled in a volatile relationship and makes commentary about the working class politics
The trailer of the Mangesh Hadawale-directed Malaal is out. Mangesh helmed an unforgettable film called Dekh Circus Dekh. It is the finest film of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s career, and a pity that it was never released. But talent, new or not-so-new, can never be smothered for too long. Under the spectacular stewardship of the supremely epical Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Hadawale is back, this time with a film on young love set in the complex working class politics of Mumbai’s provincialism.
The trailer shows the two newcomers Sharmin Segal and Meezaan Jaaferi embroiled in a volatile relationship replete with verbal sparring. Set in a Mumbai chawl, the narrative shows Meezaan cast as a regional goon who softens when love hits him from the outside. “Outside” being a spunky girl who is non-Maharashtrian. In the trailer’s most amusing dialogue she reminds the parochial goon that she is Indian. “Then go stay in India, what are you doing in Mumbai?” Meezaan deadpans. Did dad Jaaved Jaaferi just chuckle?
Sharmin Segal shimmies into potential stardom with her freespirited presence. She is a live-wire and she strides with unhampered confidence through the trailer doing a reverse taming-of-the-shrew with her co-star. While the pair has a certain unmistakable freshness about them, the trailer shows the film to have a certain socio-political relevance generally denied to films introducing newcomers. Above all it conveys the emotional and visual grandiosity of a Sanjay Bhansali presentation. Bhansali has composed some interesting folksy music for the two newcomers as they dance their way into stardom this July when Malaal releases.