Malaikottai Vaaliban
25/Jan/2024 2hrs 37mins

Malaikottai Vaaliban

Critics Review


Crashing Bore

Despite notable performances and first class visual output, the film results to be a patience tester beyond limits as the story never progresses till the pre-climax. An outright experimental flick, but with zero engaging factor.(more)

Source: Ashwin Ram, MovieCrow


An unconventional film of epic proportions which falls short in places

The film then veers towards emotional turmoil, exploring jealousy, misunderstandings and obsessiveness. How friends can become foes and how people who walk the same path can turn on each because of selfishness was all beautifully conveyed. While the basic story line, when you take Valiban out of the equation isn't very original or even well defined, there are very interesting elements adding layers to it. The film has Lijo's name written all over it.(more)

Source: Gopika, Times Of India


Technical Brilliance Overshadowed By Weak Plot

Malaikottai Vaaliban showcases the technical brilliance of the collaboration between Mohanlal and Lijo Jose Pellissery. While the film�s visual and musical aspects impress, its extended duration, occasional inconsistencies, and writing hiccups might make it a mixed experience for audiences. Those appreciating fantasy action with patience for a slower narrative may find moments of brilliance in this creative venture.(more)

Source: Hari, Koimoi


Mohanlal is the backbone of this fantasy entertainer

Mohanlal fans would have a lot of expectations from this film but one must remember that it is a Lijo Jose Pellissery film. Called a fantasy entertainer, there are elements that work in Malaikottai Vaaliban and elements that clearly don�t. Expect the unexpected.(more)

Source: Latha Srinivasan, Hindustan Times


Mohanlal enters the Lijo Jose Pellissery world where the real and unreal blend, but not marvellously

Mohanlal impresses with his deep dive into Vaaliban�s character, adeptly conveying emotions without veering into exaggeration. With his remarkable flexibility, he ensures that no one can imagine a better Vaaliban than him. From fierce moments to emotional ones, Mohanlal delivers spot-on, though it may not rank among his career best. Hareesh Peradi and Manoj Moses also deliver standout performances. Sonalee Kulkarni shines in her movements and emotional scenes, despite the limitations of her character�s development. Katha Nandi also handles her role proficiently. Conversely, Danish Sait captivates as the cunning antagonist.(more)

Source: Anandu Suresh, Indian Express