Ek Villain Review

Rating: 3/5

Critic Rating: (3/5) Users Rating: ( 5/5 from 4 Users )

The much-awaited musical of the season, “Ek Villain”, has finally hit the theatres today.

Ek Villain is inspired by the South Korean revenge film “I Saw the Devil”. The movie, which was marketed as a romance cum action cum musical film, has a lot to be discussed.

So is “Ek Villain” really worth the hype? Read on.. Ek Villain Review.

Plot :

“Ek Villain” is a story of a serial killer who picks the wrong man’s fiancee to murder.

Guru (Siddharth Malhotra), the bad boy, works for a local gangster (Remo Fernandez) in Goa. Life takes a pleasant turn once he meets the chirpy Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) who wants to live her life to the fullest.

Aisha’s life is all about doing things for others and interestingly for one of her many cases she wants to take Guru’s help. He doesn’t seem interested but she for some reason is sure that he will agree and predictably so, he eventually does. A few scenes later, Guru and Aisha are married.

The twist comes when a serial killer Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh) on the loose commits a murder.

Who does he kill? What happens later? Watch the movie to get answers to these questions.


Performance & Technical Aspects :

“Ek Villain” stars Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh in lead roles.

Sidharth Malhotra has tried his hand at an ‘almost negative’ role in this film. And he does not disappoint. He perfroms the scenes given to him commendably and ensures that the plot seems believable.
He is one actor who is growing with every film that he’s doing. With “Ek Villain” he touches a new pinnacle of ‘acting’. At a time when working out in the gym and grooming are the only form of preparation needed for a role, Sidharth sure looks like he prepared himself well for the character of ‘Guru’.

Riteish Deshmukh needs no introduction. And boy, does he impress here! He stands out from the entire cast and is more or less the highlight of the film. Riteish is the real ‘villain’ of the film. He plays the role of a serial killer effotless-ly. Kudos to the actor for slipping in the role so efficiently. Riteish looks scary throughout the movie. His mere presence sends shivers down the spines of audiences. Well done, young man!

Shraddha Kapoor is her usual chirpy self in the film which not much to do. She’s the lady love of Guru who is a bad boy with a good heart. Her role was to bring the lead characters together and provide a glamourous scenes or two. Nothing much. And definitely no where close to her “Aashiqui 2”.

Remo Fernandez and Kamaal R Khan are cast in smaller roles. And they do not really make a difference to the film. Any actor could have done their roles. Wasted!

Aamna Sharif as the cribbing wife does her job with ease. Nothing spectacular though!

Mohit Suri, the director of the film, needs a special mention. He has lived up to the expectations of delivering a commercial weekend film. Mohit Suri, however, seems to have drawn too much from the Korean thriller “I Saw The Devil”. More innovation in the story line could have made this film a better watch.

The dialogues are just not in sync with the plot of the film. A lot of times they break into some poetic language which neither suits their characters nor it goes with the plot. You would expect young actors to have more realistic dialogues.

The music of the film is one of the biggest highlights of the film. Full marks to music composers Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon and Soch (The Band) for giving soulful music keeping the mood of the film in mind. Music and Background score is engaging, making the movie all the more intriguing.


Hawk-Eye Analysis :

The film has a lot of interesting portions but the plot is full of loopholes. Mohit Suri has managed one big thing and that’s getting some good performances out of all the three actors.

The biggest drawback of the film is it’s length. A lot of the portions could have been chopped like a silly item number by Prachi Desai to make the film slick. Not just songs but some inexcusable casting was also done to make some noise like the obnoxious Kamaal R Khan playing an unpleasant character who slaps his wife and says that’s the only way middle class men can get rid of their frustration. Seriously. This way, how can our cinema grow?

One more thing that’s unbelievable, is the behaviour of countries best security officers from the CBI. They are worried, not because there is a serial killer on the move but they fear Guru’s revenge which can be ugly.

The cops are the most useless lot in this film. They don’t catch the serial killer, in fact at one point when they have information about him they pass it on to Guru so that he can seek revenge. What??!

Mohit Suri sure knows the craft of film making well. But he needs a lot of nips and tucks here and there. He needs to do away with the formula of using stupid characters and songs to lengthen the film. That doesn’t work anymore.

All in all, “Ek Villain” is a decent film which could have done wonders if not for the typical Bollywood masala film ingredients that were forcefully incorporated in the film.

Chitramala Verdict : 3/5

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