What we expect from Mohit Suri, Ek Villain fulfilling that.
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? That's all what Ek Villain says.
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.
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.
Diverting from the usual revenge dramas, the film’s narrative keeps the past and the present running parallel.
But somehow most of the scenes are predictable by a common viewer also.
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.
Its sure that this is his best work of Mohit Suri till date. He is done his job perfectly by delivering one of the most stirring thrillers in recent times. At so many places, Mohit shows how well he understands his characters.
Riteish’s happiness at his wife professing her love to him at a grim moment when the Mumbai police is hunting for him, translates on celluloid the real motive of a cold blooded murderer. That scene is so wonderfully conceptualized that it isn’t difficult to fathom the psyche of Rakesh’s character. Rather on the contrary, you kind of empathize with him. We all have such traits buried in us deep down; just that we know how to tackle it better.
The film’s first hour is taut and the scene before interval where Riteish and Sidharth have a face off for the first time is again a memorable one.
In the second half, the story probably was going the meandering way but the film’s coherent writing holds it in place. I was so thrilled to watch the momentous work here, where every scene says more than it lays out! And though I did see the last scene coming my way quite early in the film but the fact that Suri mounts it so handsomely, that it works.
The film’s brilliant music adds to the appeal and from Galliyaan to Banjara to Zaroorat, every song is like a diamond.
Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, Kamaal Rashid Khan, Aamna Sharif, Shaad Randhawa, Remo Fernandes
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.
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.
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. The film’s riveting rhythm, breathtaking performances especially from Sidharth and Riteish and the fantastic writing makes for a magnificent, racy and emotional watch.
Rating : 8 / 10