Malaal is the Story of Young Love in Complex Working Class Politics

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
Malaal is the Story of Young Love in Complex Working Class Politics
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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.

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