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. Mohit Suri has proved time and again in his earlier movies and has not failed us even in Ek Villain. Mohit Suri has brought in the emotions beautifully, be it the loving moments between the couple, the turbulent times of their lives, the chase which happens after that and the stunning end says it all.Tushar Hiranandani who is the script writer has given us all a very beautiful work which keeps the audience gripping to their seats till the very end. The most unexpected ending of the film is awaiting the audience. Inspired largely by Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon’s I Saw the Devil (2010), Mohit Suri’s romantic thriller is Bollywoodised for the desi market. While the Korean film relied on too much blood and gore, Suri’s film mixes romance and violence in equal measure, letting the plot meander a bit but allowing for some sharp twists as well You cannot fault the scale of Ek Villain or berate its lead star cast. But you wish you could celebrate this thriller like you did Suri’s last movie outing Aashiqui 2. This one lacks soul.Riteish Deshmukh gambles with a dark, intense, sadistic character in EK VILLAIN. It’s a radical shift, the actor carries off the unpretentious, sinister streak with brilliance. Sidharth Malhotra is an absolute revelation, catching you with complete surprise as he handles several complicated moments with exceptional understanding. Shraddha Kapoor the catalyst who moves the story forward, looks dew-fresh and manages to add so much to every sequence she features in. On the whole, EK VILLAIN is a stylish, spellbinding and terrifying edge-of-the-seat thriller. It’s a step forward in this genre, without doubt. A sure-shot winner!Mohit Suri tackles the complexities of all his lead characters beautifully. He breaks them down and delves deep into their minds to gratify the audience. Ek Villain may be a thriller but it tugs at your heart strings at various points with the way the main characters hold on to hope despite their obvious anguish and pain. Performance wise, Sidharth Malhotrabrooding, painful act is a winner. He gets the angst and he gets the nuances of his chequered character so well that you wonder why people consider him as just a pretty boy.Riteish Deshmukh menacing act sends a shiver down your spine. Besides the fact that Ritesh’s role is probably one of the most complex and well-written negative characters Hindi cinema has seen in a while, the actor’s straight-faced wickedness is haunting. Though indulgent in parts, Ek Villain packs in a punch. It’s ‘good’ paisa vasool entertainment. Malhotra’s neck tattoos display more emotion than him. He’s roaring and screeching, but there’s no soul there. Director Suri who drew out the best from Kapoor in his earlier film Aashiqui 2 doesn’t re-create the same degree of magic here.Riteish Deshmukh, who’s mentally castrated by his sadistic wife, provides the twist to this jaded tale. We wish his serial-killer role had been more fleshed out since his sparks of brilliance are only displayed at the climax. Mushy songs, inserted at a regular interval, slow down the thriller, making the story sluggish. But the good news is that Kapoor and Malhotra are divine looking. So watching them is a visual treat. But if you are expecting to be blown away by a cliffhanger of a story, then you are knocking on the wrong door.
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