Malang (transl. Vagrant) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language romantic action thriller film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Jay Shewakramani. It stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani, Anil Kapoor and Kunal Khemu, with a guest appearance by Shaad Randhawa.
The film was announced on 4 March 2019. Principal photography commenced in Goa on 22 March and ended on 7 October 2019.
Advait Thakur (Aditya Roy Kapur) is a young man who has been released from jail after five years. Inspector Anjaney Agashe (Anil Kapoor) is a rugged drug-addicted cop who gets rid of known criminals by killing them and making it look like an encounter. Upon release, Advait immediately calls Agashe and informs him of an upcoming murder.
Michael Rodrigues (Kunal Khemu) is a cop who plays by the rules though his personal life is breaking down, as his wife, Teresa (Amruta Khanvilkar) is having an affair with another man. He learns that his friend and coworker, Victor (Vatsal Sheth), has been brutally murdered. At the crime scene, Michael meets Agashe and the two are instantly at odds with each other: Agashe wants to kill the murderer, while Michael wants them in prison. It is implied that Advait committed the murder, and slowly, his connections to both Agashe and Michael are revealed.
Five years ago, Advait, then a cheerful, happy-go-lucky guy, meets Sara Nambiar (Disha Patani) at a rave party in Goa. The two fall in love and decide to travel and party together as vagrants. One day, Sara finds out that she is pregnant with Advait’s child. The two decide they will abort. At another rave party, Sara watches a young girl named Vani (Devika Vatsa) talking on the phone to her father, who is Agashe. Agashe then gatecrashes the same party to capture drug dealers there. Crossfire ensues and Vani gets shot by Agashe’s bullet, dying in her father’s arms. Sara witnesses this, seeing Agashe break down at the loss of his child. This affects her and she decides not to abort. Vani’s death leads to Agashe’s alcohol and drug addiction, and his change in personality. Sara tells Advait of her decision not to abort the baby and that she no longer wants a nomad life. Advait, having a fear of commitment, leaves Sara.
In the present day, Advait murders two more cops, Nitin (Keith Sequeira) and Deven (Prasad Jawde). Michael becomes suspicious of Jessie (Elli AvrRam), a drug-addicted prostitute who is Advait’s friend and has been helping him with the murders. Jessie tries to burn down the evidence at her place but Michael enters and sees that he is also one of the targets on Advait’s hit list. In a turn of events, Advait surrenders himself to Agashe.
Michael’s past, and what really happened to Sara and Advait is revealed: Michael grew up in an abusive family. As an adult, he is about to marry Teresa, but due to the abuse, he is uncomfortable with sex and intimacy and rejects Teresa when she touches him. However, fearing that his lack of sexual experience will make him “less than a man”, Michael goes to Jessie to lose his virginity. Sara has been living with Jessie after Advait left her. Michael enters, thinking Sara is the prostitute. In the meantime, Advait returns to Goa, having realized his mistake. He arrives at Jessie’s, only to find Michael trying to rape Sara. He intervenes and calls the police. Michael’s cop friends, Nitin, Deven, and Victor, arrive. In the police van, Advait and Sara reconcile. Instead of the station, Michael and his posse drag Advait and Sara onto a bridge, planning to frame them for drug peddling to avoid scandal of Michael, a cop, visiting a prostitute. Michael injects a lethal drug into the couple before throwing Sara off the bridge while Advait is sentenced to five years in jail. Advait has been taking revenge for Sara’s death.
In the present day, Michael reveals to Advait at the station that he raped and killed Jessie. He then leaves so that Agashe can do his “encounter.” However, before leaving, Michael says something to Agashe that makes Agashe realize that he is the reason behind Advait’s vengeance. Agashe takes Advait to the same bridge where it all started, where Advait tells him that Michael and his friends killed Sara. At the same time, Michael goes home and sees that Teresa is about to leave him. Michael suffers a psychotic break and attempts to murder his wife. As he is choking her, he is suddenly injected in the neck with a drug. When he turns around, he sees Sara, alive and well.
Jessie had saved Sara from the fall but Sara lost her baby. Over the course of five years, Sara and Advait had been planning revenge together. The murders were committed by both Sara and Advait together. Advait laughs as a shocked Agashe wonders who killed Michael if Advait is right in front of him. He reluctantly releases Advait as there is no evidence and Teresa tells the police she saw a man, thus protecting Sara. Advait and Sara find peace and start a new life.
The film ends with Agashe getting a phone call from an unknown female caller (Shraddha Kapoor), informing him about an upcoming murder just like he was informed by Advait, thus paving way for a sequel.
Aditya Roy Kapur as Advait Thakur
Disha Patani as Sara Nambiar
Anil Kapoor as Inspector Anjaney Agashe
Kunal Khemu as Michael Rodrigues
Elli AvrRam as Jessabelle a.k.a Jessie
Keith Sequeira as Nitin Salgaonkar
Amruta Khanvilkar as Teresa Rodrigues
Vatsal Sheth as Victor Ferns
Makarand Deshpande as Tony
Shaad Randhawa in a guest appearance as Advait’s friend
Prasad Jawde as Deven Shivaji Jadhav
Sanjeev Dhuri as Borkar
Devika Vatsa as Vaani
Shraddha Kapoor as an unknown caller (uncredited voice cameo, introduction to the sequel)