Ek Villain film review

By Sayantan Dalal

Film: Ek Villain

Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh

Director: Mohit Suri

Rating:**1/2


Few weeks back when Ek Villain's trailer came out it promised a bloody good revenge, but instead delivered a thriller which lacks pace, intensity and soul.

Director Mohit Suri starts with a bang with a murder scene. Psychopath Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh) continues his habit of mercilessly killing helpless women when nobody's around. However, his latest score comes with a price: Having murdered the pregnant wife (Shraddha Kapoor) of gangster Guru (Sidharth Malhotra), Rakesh faces a vengeful fury when the bereaved man (Sidharth) goes rogue.

The basic concept and the flow of the film has been taken from the bludgeoning Korean thriller, I Saw The Devil. But Mohit has added his own Bollywood tadka to it, which neither helps the pace nor the screenplay of the film. In another word, Mohit simply 'murdered' Ek Villain which had the potential to be the best film of the year. The thriller had a good concept but succumbs to its own vomit in terms of random item number, below average dialogues, too much of melodrama, unnecessary flashbacks and in some cases over acting.

Riteish Deshmukh as the psychopath killer, thanks to the constant nagging of his wife (Aamna Sharif), is probably the only good thing in the film. That too Mohit fails to utilise the full potential of Riteish's character, except probably the film's climax scene. Furthermore dialogues like "ek detergent ke saath ek tikia free" while describing a murder, tumbling out of a psychopath's mouth doesn't help Riteish's case either. We want to fear him but instead we are left with mixed reactions.

Sidharth Kapoor, as a gangster thug with childhood trauma, has the same expression throughout the film – be it while beating up someone or making love to Shraddha Kapoor. Shraddha looks beautiful but does a tad bit of overacting and doesn't appear to be dying of a mysterious illness. Then there's a whole train scene like in several romantic films before, which I will describe as 'blah', for the lack of a better word.

While I failed to understand what supporting actor Remo Fernandez (the mafia don) was saying half the time, surprisingly Kamal R Khan managed to get some laughs from the audience and it has his 'two rupees people' joke! Then there's the CBI officer, who lets a psychopath go on a killing spree, just to torment Sidharth's character. Seriously?

The music is good, but unlike Aashiqui 2 it couldn't help Mohit's film, thanks to a disappointing screenplay which lacks a punch.

To watch or not to watch:

It deserves a one time watch but don't expect the film to blow your mind.

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