Film Ek Villain
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Genre : Action | Romance
Banner : Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd
Producer : Ekta Kapoor
Director : Mohit Suri
Cast : Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, Aamna Shariff, Kamaal Rashid Khan
Ek Villain stands out for its cleverness; the story is interesting, the suspense dark and haunting. And, it does not leave you even more perplexed!
The film starts with signature shot of Mohit Suri'. This is the one, set on a ferryboat, where Sidharth Malhotra covers quite a distance, walks almost indifferently, beats the pulp out of 20 odd goons who come to attack him, and meets the villain of the piece. All of that happens in a single shot where at times camera overtakes Sidharth and on a cue, allows the actor to take over. But, when it comes to establishing the director's prowess when it comes to extending a single shot scene in as dramatic a manner as possible with a sad song playing in the background, as was the case in a similar set up for a scene each in Awarapan and Kalyug to name a couple, this one does wonders. We can say that it is a paisa vasool scene of Ek Villain, although the fact remains that it had nothing to do with the core plot of the movie.
There’s one in every love story, tells the tagline of Ek Villain, and the movie has everything to justify it. The three main characters — Guru the loveless orphan grown into a gun-toting goon, Aisha the pretty girl busy ticking off items from a to-do list, and Rakesh the smarting-under-daily-humiliations-working-stiff — ricochet off each other, resulting in a film doused in schmaltzy romance and creepy violence.
Ek Villain's idea is simple. It’s an exciting tale of a gangster-turned-good (Siddharth Malhotra) with love and a psycho killer who lives in the guise of a middle-class 'good' man. When the two confront each other, you know what happens. In between, however, Ek Villain offers blood-chilling murders and nail-biting suspense, and that's what makes it worth a watch. If you love suspense dramas, the fast-paced second half will keep you on the edge.
As for the performances, Siddharth Malhotra tries too hard to get into the character of a distinctive Bollywood gangster - one who picked the gun because he was wronged. He looks too innocent to play the character of a man struggling to tame his anger and hatred. Shraddha Kapoor (love interest of Guru - Siddharth), does an excellent job of playing a girl who wants to live her life to the fullest before her life ends due to her sickness.
However, Riteish Deshmukh steals the show with a stellar performance. From playing a dissatisfied employee who's called "more useless than a xerox machine" to a psycho who goes about killing women who call him "useless" just so that it'd stop him from killing his wife who also calls him thus, Riteish is by far the biggest surprise of this movie. It is Riteish Deshmukh who sweeps the stakes, his eyes dead and speaking at the same time. Deshmukh has played second and third wheel in fourth rate comedies, and always managed to stay visible.
Mohit Suri’s another surprise as Kamal R Khan, who plays Riteish's friend and an abusive husband who beats up his wife just so that men can establish their supremacy.
Mohit Suri has a gift for dramatic characterization, even if some things are underlined a tad too much. He also does an excellent job with weaving high-octane moments around his characters. The well-knit plot begins with, as Guru (Malhotra) encounters the sprightly blabbermouth Aisha (Kapoor), and the grimness dissolves into softness, and as Rakesh (Deshmukh) becomes increasingly aware of his demoralized state from one day to another. Then begin a spate of killings, and a race to the bloody finish. Mohit Suri is a natural story-teller, and can keep things moving.
Generally, the love story elements keep making an appearances right till the end, a little less of it and a little more of blood and violence would have made Ek Villain an even more fascinating affair.
Overall, it is worthy to watch for an amazing performance by Riteish Deshmukh, the music and a well-written plot.