Actress: Shraddha Kapoor
Genre: Romance, Thriller
Release Date: 27th June, 2014
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Ritesh Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, Kamaal Rashid Khan, Aamna Sharif, Shaad Randhawa, Remo Fernandes
Director: Mohit Suri
Producer: Ekta Kapoor
Plot: Guru is a quiet, tough and ruthless boy, working for a politician, Prahlad. A dark past refuses to let Guru sleep at night until he meets a girl, Aisha.
He falls in love with her, his life changes and he convinces Aisha to get married to him.
Guru even quits his job and moves from Goa to Mumbai to make a new beginning with Aisha. Just when things seem perfect, she falls prey to an attack.
Devastated, Guru starts hunting the miscreant and is shocked to learn of his seemingly innocuous and simple identity. Something is amiss and Guru is unable to place a finger on the precise problem.
Who is the real assailant? Does Guru succeed in getting even with the assailant? And what is the motive behind her killing?
The plot thickens as the astonishing mystery unveils and new realizations come to the forefront.
This visceral, hard-boiled edge-of-the-seat drama with romance and chart-busting music, comes from director Mohit Suri, renowned for his inimitable cult films, Woh Lamhe, Zeher, Awarapan, Raaz-2, and the recent Aashiqui-2.
Balaji teams up with Suri on his first directorial feature outside the Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt banner. It also marks the first-time pairing of Sidharth and Shraddha.
Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, Kamaal Rashid Khan, Aamna Sharif, Shaad Randhawa, Remo Fernandes
Director: Mohit Suri
What’s Good: Sidharth’s brooding painful anger, Riteish’s baffling brilliance and mostly Mohit Suri’s direction that tackles the story with care, ensuring its every bit fantastic.
What’s Bad: Barely anything. Probably the film’s ending is expected but after the high of the climax, the last scene settles for being even more mesmeric.
Loo break: None. You’ll miss something vital I assure you.
Watch or Not?: Ek Villain folds out quite contrary to its simplistic name. Told with an even pitch, the film isn’t anything like the run-in-the-mill stories we are subjected to watch every week. This is sheer compelling commercial cinema that has a lucid story and its heart in the right place, without indulging in anything stoop! Mohit Suri doesn’t depend on ‘signpost’ characters; surprising and gratifying you in equal measures. I don’t even care if this film is a rip off of some obscure Korean flick, this is a smashingly effective one! The film’s riveting rhythm, breathtaking performances especially from Sidharth and Riteish and the fantastic writing makes for a magnificent, racy and emotional watch.
Guru (Sidharth) is a gangster who works for the mafia man Caesar (Remo Fernandez). His dark past haunts him incessantly. But as fate would have it, his life crosses path with Aisha (Shraddha) the bubbly, vivacious girl who changes his life, adding sunshine to his morose being .
The cold blooded murderer undergoes a stark transformation as love changes him completely. Just when the two were beginning to settle down into a happy, blissful married life, Aisha falls prey to a catastrophic event. Guru is lost without the love of his life and is determined to hunt down the culprit.
Guru does find the miscreant Rakesh (Riteish) but cannot understand the reason behind his psychopathic nature. Does Guru understand Rakesh’s motives behind killing Aisha? Does Guru manage to get even with Rakesh? And mostly does Guru return to his dark, sinister world or carry forward in Aisha’s path of pristine living?
Ek Villain Review: Script Analysis
I don’t know how to be careful here without letting out spoilers but I will do my best at it. The film begins with the massive catastrophe which forms the pivot of the story. Interestingly Mohit adapts a smart reverse narration strategy this time, which works in favor of his film. Beginning with how a local Goa based Gangster Guru falls for the vivacious and visibly bubbly Shraddha, the film completely changes its tone in spurts. Ranging from melancholy to anguish, pain and anger, the film’s characters exhibit myriad hues. When there is even an ounce of sympathy for a psychopathic killer, it is not hard to pin point that the filmmaker has done his job bang on.
Unlike the persistently grey films of Suri we have watched earlier, there is too much optimism, hope and love in this one. The romance between Guru and Aisha is probably not a novel one, involving the regular bad-guy-turns-good-for-the-girl staple but Tushar Hirannandani’s writing infuses a certain degree of freshness to their chemistry. She is a dying, rampantly joke cracking, chatterbox with an unmissable shrill voice. He is a brooding, murderous gangster. But something clicks. The backstory of Guru’s troubled past comes handy here as Aisha walks into his life like ‘sunshine’. At a cue Aisha tells Guru, that he never stopped being the 8 year old who witnessed his parents’ death. A special mention here goes to dialogue writer Milap Zaveri, who has penned down unusually tender lines that furthered the pull between its leads. He is bloody brilliant when not offensive.
Diverting from the usual revenge dramas, the film’s narrative keeps the past and the present running parallel. The script is structured in such a way that at no point do these converge unnecessarily. While Aisha’s presence changed Guru into a different man altogether, the attack on her brings out the bloodthirsty cannibal in him. He is hungrily looking for the assailant who you know has no chance of getting away easy. The culprit, Rakesh is a character who will evoke pity. Facing flak at work from bosses to being the constant victim of an over-expecting wife’s nagging, the story captures Rakesh’s side to graphic detail.
The gory bits of the film falls straight out of the intriguing plot of the movie. But nothing here is unwarranted. In the pre-climax scene, where Riteish is instigating Sidharth to kill him, the psychopath’s plea is so simple. He wants to die a hero in his wife’s eyes. All he wants is to hear ‘I love you’ from her! The aspirations of a man who kills at his whims isn’t anything even close to lofty. The thoroughly deranged psychopath wins in that one scene. The final fight sequence is high timbre drama and by the time the end credits roll down, it will be hard to refrain from being overwhelmed.
Ek Villain Review: Star Performances
Sidharth Malhotra catapults himself ahead of all the young actors around, upping himself above the league of actors he is associated with. It would be an understatement to say he is superlative. He is beyond that. In one of the romantic songs, where a gangster is falling in love with a woman, the actor’s expressions are accurate. He stares at her like I would at a trigonometry sum : with confusion, puzzled and lost. He even gets to do an Amitabh Bachchan from Shehenshah and the angry young man look and feel is fantastic. Exhibiting each emotion from heartbreak to pain to anger with such faultless ease, Malhotra is gloriously sensational.
Riteish Deshmukh doesn’t remain far behind matching up to him. He is tremendously wicked and the plainness in his eyes have a haunting quality. He talks to his victims after he murders them, telling them about his nagging wife and about how much he loves her. There is no sexual attraction between him and his victims but Riteish does bring out on his face superbly the peace after a murder. He looks positively rejuvenated and I don’t think anyone else would have been able to play this role with such perfection. Deshmukh invests himself completely to the skin of his character and he is every bit damn good!
Shraddha Kapoor talks too much in the film and that’s the most pertinent observation. Filling in perfectly into her role, she is way better than Aashiqui 2. She fits into her character very neatly and does a stellar job. Her chemistry with Sidharth is dreamy and memorable. Convulsing in her near death throes, Shraddha stole the scene and heightened the impact manifolds.
Aamna Sharif makes a re-entry on the silver screens after a while and she still has the impromptu quality of delivering well. She is memorable and justifies the reason for Riteish’s pent up frustration.
Kamaal Rashid Khan makes for good comic relief and he even gets to use his iconic #2RsPpl phrase. I am sure that quite has him content for the day and he won’t be puking all over Twitter today!