Malaal (film)

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Poster Malaal film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMangesh Hadawale
Produced by
Screenplay byMangesh Hadawale
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Story bySelvaraghavan
Music bySongs:
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Shreyas Puranik
Shail Hada
Sanchit Balhara
Ankit Balhara
CinematographyRagul Dharuman
Edited byRajesh Pandey
Bhansali Productions
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 5 July 2019 (2019-07-05)[1]
Running time
136 minutes
Box officeest. 2.50 crore[2]

Malaal (transl. Regret) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language romantic action film written and directed by Mangesh Hadawale in his Hindi directorial debut. It is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bhushan Kumar, Mahaveer Jain and Krishan Kumar.[3] A remake of the 2004 Tamil language film 7G Rainbow Colony,[4] it follows a contemporary love story between Astha and Shiva (played by debutants Sharmin Segal and Meezaan Jaffrey), who are from contrasting backgrounds and live in a Mumbai chawl.[5]

The background music of Malaal was influenced by local Marathi music.[6] It was theatrically released in India on 5 July 2019.[7][1]



The principal photography began in September 2018 in Mumbai. The second schedule of the filming was planned in foreign locations.[8] The film was wrapped in mid March 2019.[9]

Marketing and release[edit]

The first look official poster and the trailer of the film were launched on 18 May 2019 by T-Series.[10][11] Another poster of the film with fresh look of the lead pair was released on 25 May, it also mentioned new release date.[12]

The film was scheduled for release on 28 June, but it was pushed back and released theatrically on 5 July 2019.[1][7]


Critical response[edit]

Sreeparna Sengupta of The Times of India gave the film 3.5/5 stars, praising the performance of debutants Meezaan and Sharmin Segal and their onscreen chemistry, termed it as 'simmering love story' with 'romantic and intense moments'. Sengupta feels the background music 'addictive' and cinematography 'top notch'. Concluding Sengupta wrote, "Malaal is reminiscent of sweet romances when handwritten notes were actually a thing and it’s tender moments like these that sets the film apart. This one is for those who want to soak themselves into a full-blown love story."[13] Priyanka Sinha Jha of CNN-News18, terms debut duo of Meezaan and Sharmin Segal 'charming in parts', but 'rough around the edges' and rates the film with 2.5/5 stars. Agreeing with Sengupta she praises the music but feels that Mangesh Hadawale’s direction, 'lacks the finesse'. Concluding she writes, "Malaal lacks the pathos it needed to soar to greater heights than the Tamil original (which is the source material for the film) to make Hindi cinema audiences sit up and take notice."[14] Writing for the NDTV Saibal Chatterjee, praised cinematographer Ragul Dharuman for 'depth of view', production designer Akriti Piplani for carving out spaces, Meezaan for screen presence and Sharmin Segal for meeting 'demands of the character'. He opined, that the debut duo cannot be 'just dismissed as two more beneficiaries of a nepotistic movie industry'. He felt that the retro soundscape put the life in the film whenever it languished, and it would have been better if the film had the courage to stress upon the 'power of love to surmount divisive forces'. He concluded the review as, "[Malaal], abandons the topical concern and settles for a construct that drifts towards a tame, sanitized finish." He rated it with 2.5/5 stars.[15] Devesh Sharma reviewing for Filmfare rates the film with 3.5/5 stars. He praises Meezaan and Sharmin and opines that the industry has found two performers in them. Agreeing with Sengupta he feels that it is a simmering love story, not like the stories commonly seen these days. He recommends, "Watch the film for its old-fashioned love story and realistic performances..."[16]


Soundtrack album by
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shreyas Puranik and Sail Hada
Released21 June 2019 [17]
StudioMixed and Mastered: Rahul M Sharma @AMV Studio
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerJackie Vanjari
Sanjay Leela Bhansali chronology
External audio
Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music of the film is composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shreyas Puranik and Shail Hada and lyrics written by Prashant Ingole, Vimal Kashyab and A. M. Turaz.

Track listing
1."Aila Re"Prashant IngoleVishal Dadlani
Rap: Shreyas Puranik
2."Udhal Ho"Prashant IngoleAdarsh Shinde3:34
3."Nadh Khula" (Music by Shreyas Puranik)Prashant IngoleShreyas Puranik3:18
4."Aai Shapat"Prashant IngoleRutvik Talashilkar2:39
5."Kathai Kathai"A. M. Turaz, Prashant IngoleShreya Ghoshal3:01
6."Zara Suno" (Music by Shail Hada)Vimal KashyapRutvik Talashilkar, Aanandi Joshi2:46
7."Ek Malaal"Prashant IngoleShail Hada2:54
Total length:21:23


  1. ^ a b c "Malaal: Sharmin Segal, Meezaan's Bollywood debut film to now release on 5 July". Firstpost. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Malaal Box Office". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Sanjay Leela Bhansali to launch niece Sharmin Segal opposite Javed Jaffrey's son Meezaan in Malaal". Hindustan Times. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Sanjay Leela Bhansali to launch newcomers this week". Deccan Chronicle. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  5. ^ "'Malaal' trailer: Newbies Meezaan Jaaferi and Sharmin Sehgal are all set to redefine love in their debut film". Times of India. 18 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Malaal Trailer:Peppy Music Fuels Meezaan and Sharmin Segal's Tragic Love Story". News 18. 18 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (25 May 2019). "New release date... #Malaal will now release on 5 July 2019... Sanjay Leela Bhansali introduces Sharmin Segal and Meezaan in the film... Directed by Mangesh Hadawale." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Peter John, Ali (15 September 2019). "Sanjay Bhansali's next Malaal goes on the floor". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Malaal featuring debutants Meezaan Jaffrey and Sharmin Segal to release on THIS DATE!". Bollywood Hungama. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  10. ^ Dixit, Shivani (18 May 2019). "Malaal Trailer: Meezaan Jaaferi and Sharmin Segal's love-hate relationship steals the show". Times Now News. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Malaal Official Trailer | Sharmin Segal | Meezaan | SLB | 28th June 2019 | T-Series". YouTube. Series. 18 May 2019.
  12. ^ "'Malaal': Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film starring Sharmin Sehgal and Meezaan Jaaferi postponed to this date". Times of India. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  13. ^ Sengupta, Sreeparna (5 July 2019). "MALAAL MOVIE REVIEW". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  14. ^ Sinha Jha, Priyanka (5 July 2019). "Malaal Movie Review: Meezaan, Sharmin's Film Lacks the Pathos It Needed". CNN-News18. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  15. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (5 July 2019). "Malaal Movie Review: Meezaan Jaaferi, Sharmin Segal Grow On You In This Romantic Drama". NDTV. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  16. ^ Sharma, Devesh (5 July 2019). "Movie Review: Malaal". Filmfare. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Malaal - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jio Saavn.

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