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“Ek Villian” Movie Review– When Story becomes the Villian….!

 

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  • Film: Ek Villian
  • Starring: Ritesh Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, Siddhartha Malhotra
  • Release Date: 27th June 2014
  • Produced by :Balaji Films
  • Directed by: Mohit Suri
  • Story/Screenplay:  Milap Zaveri
  • Music: Ankit Tiwari/Mithoon

Bollywood’s penchant for remaking the core plot of successful movies continues. Mohit Suri ( a Bhatt clan favourite), after a rather surprising yet humogous blockbuster last year ( Aashiqui 2), returns with his favourite genre of a psychological thrillers. Ek Villian, a much hyped thriller which has been promoted generously by both the lead star cast and the producers ( Balaji) ,hits the marquee finally this week. This film does satiate the expectations it did during its pre-releaze buzz and promos, but , in bits and pieces..At the end, what you are left is with some watchable performances, in a half baked and incongrous script.

Guru ( Siddharth), a gun trotting brooding gangster, who , under the tutelage of Ceaser ( Remo Fernandez), lets his gun speak brazenly. His life is encumbered with blood and gore, till he meets the effervescent Aisha ( Shraddha), a generous humanitarian  who wins his heart through her sheer simplicity and spark. The fabric of love and purity of their relationship rebounds Guru and turns him into a human again, and their love life seems to be on a flourishing track, till Rakesh ( Riteish) arrives and tears them apart.

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Borrowed heavily from a Korean Hit film ( I saw the Devil), Mohit Suri’ blends action and romance well, transfused with some good thrills and melodious music. He keeps the momentum tense, but where Ek villian falters is the script. Without divulging much, the reason for which one of the  villians turns into a bloody psychopath killer is absolutely flimsy. The cat and mouse hunt between the lead actors derails from a engrossing start, and gets stumbled with some off repeated sentiments and music. To give credit where its due, Suri  does maintain a subtle balance, but where he falters is weaving a tighter script , which could have elevated this film to a brilliant thriller.

 

But he succeeds in making this otherwise ordinary film into a consistently watchable slick flick is because he derives terrific performances from the lead trio.Shraddha Kapoor sparkles the screen with her luminous presence, though she does tend to ham a bit in post interval portions. Yet she is immensely likeable. Siddharth Malhotra is in full control in his third outing, as a man seething with brooding anger . But its Ritesh Deshmukh, who surprises with a compelling portrayal of a common man and a volte face as one of the villian.He is a stupendous revelation and a welcome entry to non-slapstick-comic role. Both Aamna Sheriff and Remo Fernandez are wasted in their supporting roles.

Despite the consonance of calibrated performances and slick direction from Suri, Ek Villian is modestly satisfying. You are always disjointed when you see the fizzle losing out of a promising script, and you are left asking for more..

                  PopCorn Entertainment Rating: 2.75/5

 

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Holiday movie review– A brainless thriller, minus the thrills…!

 

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  • Film: Holiday
  • Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Sumit Raghavan
  • Release Date: 6th June 2014
  • Produced by :Twinkle Khanna, Reliance Entertainment
  • Directed by: A.R.Murugadoss
  • Story/Screenplay:  A.R.Murugadoss
  • Music: Pritam

In the latest flick Holiday, director A.R. Murugadoss does a Ghajini again, by reprising his own tamil blockbuster Thupakki down south, and this time , its Akshay Kumar in the lead, who after consecutive  disappointments in his previous flicks ( Boss, Once Upon a time in Mumbai Dobara..), looks to stabilize his box office status . To be honest, Akshay doesnt dissapoint here. He plays the role of a cool and composed military officer with conviction, but unfortunately, he is let down by his director and the incongruous writing of the film. So we are left for yearning for more at the end of this long running film that could have seriously done with taut editing.

 

Army Captain  Virat ( Akshay)visits his place for a  holiday, and the moment he unboards the train, he is dragged for a bride approval ceremony for Saiba ( Sonakshi) by his parents . In parallel, a bomb blast triggers a hunt for  terrorists who plan to  rips apart Mumbai through their calibrated  sleeper cells  and threaten to terrorize his land. Virat takes the cudgels to salvage his country and turns a one man army to preserve Mumbai from the deadly terrorists.

 

Holiday capsules a intelligent plot, but gets swiftly squandered through some ineligible logic and a digressing romantic angle. It gets too hard to believe when a suspect hides in our jawans cupboard, and Virat supplies free flowing ammunition to his squadron to crack the sleeper cell network.  Holiday lacks the pace and guffaws generously with brain dead logic, which punches the film at its core. In addition, we have the usual romantic angle which detours the film at critical angles. To give its due, some slick action sequences ( specially during the climax) during the post interval portions serves an  engaging view, but then again, it was absolutely difficult to fathom the incapability and a complete side track of the local mumbai police. . Murugadoss redeems his original film  scene by scene, but keeps the screenplay loose and with lot of holes, and his reprisal clearly lacks the urgency that a thriller should possess.

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An ageing Akshay looks fit and in prime form , specially during the action sequences, and leads the proceedings impressively, but gets off track during romantic scenes. Sonakshi Sinha strictly plays an  eye candy , for songs and dance. This comes as a dampener, specially after her brilliant performance in Lootera. Sumit Raghavan, as Akshays cop-buddy gets more screen time and does justice to it. Newbie Farhad , playing the lead villian, manages to arrest some attention , but he has a long way to go..Govinda, in a cameo as Akshays senior, looks jaded and confused.

A long drawn and stretched to the hilt, Holiday ultimately belongs to Akshay, who carries the film on his shoulders, and also, by dishing out justice in his unique way. But at the end of it, Holiday just spoils your own holiday when your humongous expectation to see a entertaining and engrossing flick, goes completely for a toss..

 

PopCorn Entertainment Rating: 2/5