Guru is a quiet, tough and ruthless boy, working for a politician, Prahlad. A dark past refuses to let Guru sleep at night until he meets a girl, Aisha. He falls in love with her, his life changes and he convinces Aisha to get married to him. Guru even quits his job and moves from Goa to Mumbai to make a new beginning with Ai...more
Guru is a quiet, tough and ruthless boy, working for a politician, Prahlad. A dark past refuses to let Guru sleep at night until he meets a girl, Aisha. He falls in love with her, his life changes and he convinces Aisha to get married to him. Guru even quits his job and moves from Goa to Mumbai to make a new beginning with Aisha. Just when things seem perfect, she falls prey to an attack. Devastated, Guru starts hunting the miscreant and is shocked to learn of his seemingly innocuous and simple identity. Something is amiss and Guru is unable to place a finger on the precise problem. Who is the real assailant? Does Guru succeed in getting even with the assailant? And what is the motive behind her killing? The plot thickens as the astonishing mystery unveils and new realizations come to the forefront. less
“The film kicks off well with decent performances by Riteish and Sidharth. However, it’s the inconsistent script and Shraddha Kapoor's annoying acts that prove to be the real villains for this overly hyped thriller. An average watch!”
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Unlike Kim Ji-woon’s I Saw The Devil; Guru (played by Sidharth Malhotra), the protagonist of Ek Villain, is a maniac right from the outset. If that film traced the journey of its protagonist from a simple police officer with a normal love life to a revenge-obsessed monster on a rampage; Ek Villain follows the reverse path – here, the protagonist goes from being a wild gangster to a saner man, and the obsession of revenge serves as a path for his catharsis. It’s an interesting counter-viewpoint to the Korean thriller, many of the scenes from which are directly replicated in Mohit Suri’s film, and this is how I believe remakes should really be – with borrowed plotlines but offering a fresh take on the subject. The frames in Ek Villain are dominated by Jesus statues and quotes about light and darkness, hatred and forgiveness and a strong undercurrent of morality runs through the protagonist’s arc. Suri’s film deals with are guilt, redemption, loss, trauma and closure; but it hardly goes beyond the surface. As opposed to the economical, superbly effective opening of I Saw The Devil, where 10 minutes of establishing scenes were enough for us to feel the loss, here we spend more than an hour in the flashback and yet the relationship feels underdeveloped and trite. For a film dealing with such heavy themes, the payoff should have been grand. Here, we sense how powerful this film could have been, but we are merely idle spectators. The antagonist played by Riteish Deshmukh, the most uninteresting psychotic serial killer I recall having seen on screen, isn’t the villain that supplements the film’s philosophy vis-à-vis the protagonist, but instead is appended with a cheap gimmick of his own backstory: a Walter Mitty who is a loser overall and has to endure his wife’s taunts but is a hero in his own world of fantasy, where he puts on a cape and kills off every woman who criticizes him. Was this bit of information really necessary? How does it contribute to the larger narrative? What ultimately bogs down Ek Villain is that it never concerns itself with these questions. There are couple of good moments, like Guru desperately urging a female doctor to give the villain an adrenaline shot as he almost dies in a fight. Revenge bringing back the dead, but that of the wrong kind, is a nice little idea to explore, but the film doesn’t flesh it out. It also brings to the fore the idea of killing the offender’s loved ones as revenge, but glosses over the details and dispassionately moves forward to the next scene. It’s a film that’s packed with new ideas to render the borrowed plot, and yet, isn’t willing to go all the way.