This week was better, much much better. After Fugly and Humshakals, Ek Villain had all my hopes to break the jinx and save me from the hat-trick horror. And Mohit Suri did well to help me survive this Friday.
I don’t know if it’s my good or bad luck, but I haven’t watched Aashiqui 2 yet. So no direct comparisons between the two Suri products possible. Ek Villain is a revenge story. I heard many people were seeking revenge after watching Aashiqui 2. Hmm. Shradhha Kapoor is a common factor and fits perfectly into this movie as a bubbly girl, on the verge of death. Yes, she’s living every moment because she may die the next. Humanly, you start to fall ill more often, but Bollywood has swag. SRK danced all the way to his death in Kal Ho Naa Ho. He was the hero!
This is the ‘love story of a villain’. Sidharth Malhotra plays the bad guy-turned-good guy-turned-bad guy-turned-good guy. Okay guys, focus! So Sidharth was last seen in chocolate boy roles in candy-floss movies. This time the chocolate is dark, and the taste lingers. Even with some weirdly loose action sequences in the middle, Sidharth impressed me with his screen presence. He was deep, dark, intense. No, not like the Dark Knight. In a limited way.
But the man with unlimited potential is Riteish Deshmukh. In the movie, he suffered from dual personality and evoked both sympathy and fear with his expressions. He was the saving grace in Humshakals, and here too he adds a lot to the flow. Riteish is surely made for bigger, better stuffs. His next is a Marathi production titled ‘Lai Bhaari’ which will explore this gritty side of him, but as a ‘hero’.
Riteish plays a middle-class, ‘samaj-ka-tortured’ guy, who takes advise from – hold your breath – Kamaal R Khan – who plays a character as close to him as possible. Kamaal has all the male-chauvinism, loose-tongue, even the ‘2 Rupees People’ dialogue in the film as well. You flinch like a villain to shut him up, every time he pops up. More annoying than all the pop-up ads combined.
The ads and promos of the movie promised good songs, and delivered them beautifully too. All the songs play in the background, except Prachi Desai’s ‘Awari’, which is a situational song. The music is, in fact, one of the strongest point about this movie.
There’s also Remo Fernandes who, it feels, may break into ‘Hamma-Hamma’ anytime soon with all the Ham in his words. Aamna Sharif supports the story well, playing the role of RIteish’s economically-frustrated wife.
The movie works well as a package and didn’t disappoint. It maybe either because the last two films I saw made no sense at all, or I was craving for a brilliant product, and now managed to quench my demand. Ek Villain may not be a brilliant piece of cinema, but it entertains. Isn’t that what matters? ‘Ek Villain’ is my hero this weekend.
Movie: Ek Villain
Actors: Shradhha Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh
Director: Mohit Suri