Ek Villain ~ Review

A villainish love story, Ek Villain stars Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor. Komal Shastri-Khedkar provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

You buy popcorn, take your seats, the movie starts and comes straight to the point. A murder right away! Mohit Suri, the director of the film, manages to grab your attention before you’re even prepared for it.

Expectations build up and so does the story. The remaining film is a fusion of flashbacks of a pleasant love story, and the hero on a mission to kill the villain, a psychotic serial killer.

Guru (Sidharth Malhotra), plays the bad guy of Goa who meets Aisha (Shradhdha Kapoor), the chirpy do-gooder who will make Mother Teresa look bad.

Ek Villain Review


They obviously fall in love, also because she keeps bombarding him with her philosophy, ‘Andhere ko andhera nahi sirf Roshni mita sakti hai. Nafrat ko nafrat nahi sirf Pyaar mita sakta hai’.

Now take 1 tbsp of beautiful soundtracks, 2 tbsp of melodramatic romance, 2 bowls of violence, thrills and add this to generous amount of a Korean film, I saw the Devil (2010), sprinkle Hindi on it. The film is served in 130 minutes.

Mohit Suri does for Ek Villain, what he does best. Pour in romance, drama and songs and delivers World Cinema in Hindi. But that’s what his loyal fans expect out of him – the same fans that are loyal to Emraan Hashmi!

Not to disappoint his fans, especially after Aashiqui 2 (2013), Mohit shows a charming romantic story in the form of flashbacks. Suri also does a superb job of keeping the movie gripping and exciting despite the story failing to do so.

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Sidharth Malhotra in some scenes convincingly manages to play the intense angry young man, but in some he makes us wonder if Katrina Kaif and Arjun Rampal could have emoted better than him. He just goes expressionless.

Shradhdha Kapoor pulls a poor man’s Geet from Jab We Met (2007), who is over chirpy, super talkative and often found telling jokes which her friends might have WhatsApped to her some 5 years ago! Though she manages to look beautiful, at times she gets really annoying with her over excited, screechy voice. But hey, she rides a Royal Enfield in the film and how! You love to see her on the screen with your ears closed of course.

Coming to the heart or rather heartless of the film! Now who thought one day we would fear the comedy prince Ritesh Deshmukh, who in real life looks as harmless as a puppy. He plays the role of the psychotic villain so well that you get chills, every time he comes on the screen. He even delivers a few dialogues in Marathi to maintain his limited niche audience. He must do such roles and divorce Sajid Khan for once.

Brownie points to the casting director who cast THE KRK, Kamal R Khan in the role of a chauvinist wife-beater. KRK comes, delivers his own top 10 tweets as dialogues and disrespects women. He is great filler though and we doubt if he had to act at all for that role.

Songs are beautiful though lesser would have done, especially in a thriller movie. In the first half when the story is most gripping and has you at the edge of the seat, sometimes a song makes you go back and relax and ‘bang’ comes another thriller scene.

They are beautifully filmed as well, taking you to a fantasy land and giving you some breathing space from a thriller. One doesn’t even wonder, why a useless irrelevant item song in an Ekta Kapoor produced film. We just take things for granted at times and move on.

Dialogues by Milap Zaveri are good but who really speaks that way? I would be pretty thrilled if a policeman came to me and said: “Woh wahan panah le raha hai, jaha usne gunaah kiya hai!” Who has the time to rhyme ‘panah’ and ‘gunah’ in the middle of a crime scene! Mr. Poet you are in the wrong profession.

We also expect the movie to be a suspense thriller. Is it really our fault if the movie has been throughout promoted so? Unfortunately just before the interval, we know who is who. In fact, the film should end at the interval because by then, everything is solved and you get the feeling of a closure. Just then you realise there is still second half and you hope for some mystery perhaps.

But nope, second half is all about the villainish hero beating the villainish villain, treating him at the hospital, then beating him again till he dies, then realising that there’s still an hour to go before the movie ends, so bringing him back to life with some injection! Yeah! Basically second half is Play-Pause-Repeat when you actually wish for a Play-Fast Forward-Stop.

Overall, Ek Villain is an engrossing film, a good thriller giving you goose bumps at times. Mohit Suri is a very good film maker who keeps us hooked to the film and makes it a one-time watch. One can only wish he makes a great film with an original story next time.

Komal is a cinéaste, who believes she was born to love films. Apart from working as assistant Director in Bollywood, she finds herself doing photography or watching Simpsons. “All I have in life is my imagination and I love it that way!”

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