Malik

Mahesh Narayanan

P&I Selection 2022

  • 162'
  • India
  • 2021

Ali Sulaiman is the godfather in Ramadally, a small Indian coastal town where Muslims and Christians live peacefully side by side. He has worked his way up by smuggling, and has given local society a big boost with a school and charitable work. Sulaiman is loved, but also feared and hated – even by his own family. While preparing to go on a pilgrimage, he is arrested on suspicion of the murder of a criminal competitor in a nearby town, long ago. The arrest unleashes a chain of violent events, intrigues, and memories of how he obtained his wealth.

Malik gives insight not only into the local mafia in India, but also into this country dominated by corruption, religious fanaticism, and die-hard traditions. Moreover, the film illuminates complex family relationships, friendship, and opportunism. The epic drama, told in a non-linear narrative, is loosely based on a real riot in Beemapally, possibly instigated by the police, in which many people lost their lives at the hands of the police.

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Director
Mahesh Narayanan
Country of production
India
Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
162'
Medium
DCP
Language
Malayalam
Producer
Anto Joseph
Production Company
Anto Joseph Film Company
Sales
Anto Joseph Film Company
Screenplay
Mahesh Narayanan
Cinematography
Sanu John Varughese
Editor
Mahesh Narayanan
Production Design
Santhsoh Raman, Appunni Sajan
Sound Design
Sree Sankar, Vishnu Govind
Music
Sushin Shyam
Cast
Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Vinay Fortt, Jalaja, Joju Goerge, Indrans, Dileesh Pothen