Filmmaker Mohit Suri’s latest film Ek Villain is inspired by the South Korean revenge film I Saw the Devil. Although, it is quite evident that the action is toned down for the Indian audience.
Story: Bad guy with a good heart Guru (Siddharth Malhotra) works for a local gangster (Remo Fernandez) in Goa. Life changes of Guru when he meets the bubbly girl Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) who wants to live her life to the fullest and has a joke for every occasion. 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. The twist comes when a serial killer Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh) on the loose kills Aisha.
His is one of the many rude characters in Ek Villain. Devasted, Guru manages to find Rakesh but he decides to not take his life and instead will find him torture him every day. If you thought ‘Humshakals’ was overloaded with bad jokes, then you are wrong. Mohit gives Sajid Khan a good fight with ‘Ek Villain’. The humour here is unintentional, of course.
Mohit uses the supporting cast most appropriately. Aamna Shariff is in super form as the nagging wife. Her sequences with Riteish are first-rate. Shaad Randhawa is top notch. There are two parallels in this story, one is the brewing romance between Guru and Aisha in flashback, other is Guru’s thirst for vengeance.
Performance: Riteish is fairly earnest, writer Abdallah Khursheed creates the most unbalanced character for him, Riteish as the disturbed serial killer is excellent. Shraddha delivers a wonderful performance. Siddharth though too good looking to be the mean guy is out of his comfort zone and is convincing as the new-age, angry young man. Kamaal R. Khan springs a pleasant surprise.
He gets to reprise a character that’s sure to be an instant hit with his fans. Remo Fernandes handles his part very well. Asif Basra is perfect. Prachi Desai sizzles in the song ‘Awari’.
Music: With Ek Villain, Suri creates magic yet again with his team of Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari and an ensemble of lyricists and singers. There is a surprise in store with Pakistani band Soch (Rabbi Ahmed, Adnan Dhool), playing Awari. The number sucks you in despite its dark setting and a haunting melody. Mithoon has written the lyrics for the three songs composed by him.
One expected him to sing as well but he has strangely refrained. Mohammed Irfan croons Banjaara with all his soul and brings out the pathos associated with the composition. Full marks to music composers Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon and Soch (Band) for giving soulful music keeping the mood of the film in mind.
Overall, its a good movie which you can enjoy this weekend.
Ek Villain Movie Official Trailer: