First thing that went wrong about Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain was his decision to cast Sidharth Malhotra as the “Villain”. The actor couldn’t reach anywhere near Suri’s expectation and this Guru having a fully fledged role in the screen play, movie becomes less villainous. The dialogs of the movie were over dramatic and too preachy. Luckily with a sensible mixing of excellent music and a surprisingly new avatar of Ritesh Deshmukh, Ek Villain grabs that “watchable” tag.
The story focuses on the life of a gangster named Guru. He meets this girl Aisha who is this talkative, be positive type character who hangs around with her diary of wishes. The rough Guru slowly becomes a likeable one with her influence and when things were going fine a psycho killer spoils everything. The film mainly focuses on Guru’s quest for the mysterious killer and how he takes revenge for spoiling his love story.
Most of Mohit Suri’s films worked for me mainly because of the characters, dialogues and the musical packaging. When it comes to Ek Villain the musical side of the film remains superb but the characters and dialogues went to a very disappointing level. You will love seeing Shraddha Kapoor in her bubbly avatar but the dialogues given to Aisha were so preachy that I felt like sitting in a class where a good looking teacher is taking a boring moral science class. The kind of psycho killer Ritesh plays in the movie may be a possible one, but the backdrop that made him such a person and Guru’s crazy way to make him pay for his mistake was something that didn’t convince me. And those last back and forth plate shifting also can’t create an interest in you. People were laughing when Rakesh started breathing when Guru gave him that injection.
Sidharth Malhotra was terrible as Guru. There is a single shot where he comes to see his ex boss and the fight we get to see in that sequence will show you that this guy was a misfit. And in the movie there are three occasions where he gets to repeat one particular dialog (one of them was “Maa Banne Waali thi woh”) in anger and I must say that he was acting as if Mohit Suri gave him a punishment to say the dialog ten times. Shraddha Kapoor has this charm to attract the audience with her cute face and guess what? She got the biggest round of applauds on introduction. Ritesh Deshmukh from now on might get some good characters. The actor whom I believe spoiled a good portion of his career doing waste roles in slapstick comedies should try to focus on character roles. He was brilliant as the middle class frustrated psycho killer. Mohit Suri hasn’t forgotten to give Shaad Randhwa a role but the CBI officer post was a hasty promotion. Aamna Sharif was good as Sulochana.
Mohit Suri does know to create that mood for romance with the kind of music he uses for his movies. But he could have asked for better performance from Sidharth and also better dialogs from Milap Zaveri. Script can’t establish a firm platform for any of the sub stories in the film and thus the feel was quite less. Cinematography was okay. Music department was excellent.
Overall, Ek Villain disappointed me. It has its musical moments and a weird villain that worked because of Ritesh’s performance. My rating is 2/5 for this Mohit Suri product. Missed Emraan Hashmi for the first time for a reason other than smooching. Girls who watch Aashiqui 2 once in a week (or more) can go for this one.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended