Malaal Meezaan, Sharmin SehgalMangesh Hadawale 2/5He is the uncouth diamond-in-the-rough, she is the pretty princess placed on the wrong side of the tracks by circumstances. Love – in the time-honoured Bollywood tradition — will happen in Malaal but not before the two fight a little, sing a little and suffer a little. Watch Malaal trailer:Sanjay Leela Bhansali gives us two newcomers in Malaal – his niece Sharmin Segal and Javed Jaffery’s son Meezaan – in Bollywood’s go-to format for launching new faces, a virginal romance. Set in late ’90s Mumbai with its seedy dance bars, crashing stock market and bonhomie in chawls, Malaal comes with innocence we rarely see today.Malaal begins with the meet-cute in a narrow chawl passage. Meezaan’s Shiva is celebrating his win in a gully cricket match and finding favour with a local political leader for roughing up the umpire; Sharmin’s Astha – clearly more privileged – is moving to the chawl with her family. There is instant electricity but the class divide is too vast for the two to breach.Malaal movie review: The film often feels like a retread of every 90s romance you have already watched.They keep on meeting, under hoardings promoting Titanic and Hum… Read full this story
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