- 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.
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