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Loved Fahadh Faasil’s Malik? Then binge watch these epic sagas too

Akshay Krishna

Akshay Krishna
Jul 15, 2021

Mahesh Narayanan’s Malik starring Fahadh Faasil released on Amazon Prime and has opened to largely-positive responses. The Mahesh Narayanan directorial tells the story of a young teenager and his rise to a leader figure in his village. Backed by a stellar screenplay, brilliant performances and a great making, the movie is already touted as one of the must-see films from Malayalam this decade. Malik also had shades of movies such as The Godfather and Nayakan in its story. So, if you enjoyed the film, make sure to watch these eight movies too.

1
Nayakan
8.8OTTplay Rating
Nayakan is a captivating story of Velu Naicker, a runaway boy who turns into a don in Bombay. As the voice of the voiceless, Velu begs the ultimate question of right and wrong. Written and directed by Mani Ratnam, the movie stars Kamal Haasan with music by Ilaiyaraaja.
2
The Godfather
9.5OTTplay Rating
One of the most iconic movies of all time, The Godfather is directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, it is the story of the Corleone family and its patriarch, Don Vito Corleone and how his son Michael is dragged into the family business. The Godfather is an immersive narrative that takes the viewer into the mafia world. Spanning over 10 years, the story grips and thrills at every turn.
3
Blow
8OTTplay Rating
This biographical crime film is the story of George Jung, the infamous cocaine smuggler. Blow is a fast-moving story of Jung and how he changed the face of America by his crimes of importing cocaine from Columbia. The movie stars Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.
4
Pudhupettai
8.9OTTplay Rating
Pudhupettai is a Tamil gangster film directed by Selvaraghavan. Starring Dhanush, Pudhupettai is the story of a young boy who is recruited by a gangster, who learns and masters the trade. This neo-noir laid the groundwork for many movies that came later and is still discussed in length.
5
Scarface
8.2OTTplay Rating
This crime drama directed by Brian De Palma, has been a staple in the genre ever since its release in 1983. Starring Al Pacino, Scarface tells the story of a young Cuban refugee, Tony Montana, and his path into a drug lord in Miami. A remake of the 1932 movie of the same name, Al Pacino’s performance has since been immortalised.
6
Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1
8OTTplay Rating
Directed by Anurag Kashyap, this action crime-drama is a long yet engaging tale of revenge and gang rivalries centered on the coal mafia of Dhanbad, told across half a century. With flying bullets, loud blasts and lots of blood, this is a compelling movie that keeps everyone on the edge.
7
The Irishman
8.1OTTplay Rating
The latest work of Martin Scorsese, the film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The Irishman follows the life of Frank Sheeran, a truck driver who starts working for mobster Rusell Bufalino. The ninth collaboration of Scorsese and De Niro, the movie extensively explores the life and growth of Frank across decades.
8
Abhimanyu
7.3OTTplay Rating
This Malayalam crime drama directed by Priyadarshan stars Mohanlal in the lead. The film revolves around Harikrishnan, an outsider in Bombay and his change from an innocent daily wager to a crime boss in the crime stricken city. The movie is still a fan favourite because of a strong screenplay and its direction.
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