Ek Villain is a Hindi romantic thriller starring Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh.
The film is about the love of a gangster Guru (Sidharth) and a girl who has a short time left to live, Aisha (Shraddha). And then there is Rakesh (Riteish), a frustrated telephone company employee who finds a horrific way to vent his frustration. The film is about revenge, but more so about forgiveness and kindness.
Ek Villain turned out much better than I had expected. The promotions of the film didn’t interest me much and knowing that Sidharth and Shradda aren’t the best actors on the planet, I didn’t think this film had much to offer. But I was wrong.
Ek Villain is actually a very good film with a very interesting story. The film starts off with a rather moving and dramatic scene and throughout the film, we are taken to different segments in the story. So we put pieces of the puzzle together slowly and learn how the hero and heroine came together and why this dramatic event has taken place. I don’t want to tell you what they are because I want you to enjoy the film while watching.
Aside from the great storyline, the other surprise in this film is Riteish. Who knew Riteish could be such a good villain? He was completely convincing in his role and blew me over with his performance. I’d much rather see him in these roles than silly comedies. I saw a comment by one critic that Riteish is the hero of Ek Villain, and performance wise, it wouldn’t be incorrect to say that.
There is a scene in Ek Villain where a group are shown watching an Amitabh Bachchan film. In the scene in that film where Bachchan kicks open a door and emerges from the cloud of dust, the real door of the room is kicked open and a tall figure walks into the room through a cloud of dust. The group starts clapping and whistling thinking it to be Amitabh Bachchan. The one walking in is Sidharth. Just a few scenes before this precise scene as I was watching Sidharth walking, I felt that his walk and demeanor is much like Amitabh Bachchan’s. So I really enjoyed the scene where he was likened to Amitabhji. Some people in the industry have been resembling Sidharth to him and feel that he may be the next Amitabh Bachchan.
This is the second film of both Sidharth and Shraddha I have seen. I saw Sidharth in SOTY and Shraddha in Aashique 2. In this film, I saw some improvement in Shraddha’s acting. She was more comfortable and performed with less effort than before. But with Sidharth, I did not see much of an improvement. He is a very good looking guy, he is tall and attractive. His dialogue delivery is good too. Sidharth’s problem is his facial expressions, the lack of them. Throughout Ek Villain, Sidhart has only one facial expression: the “angry young man” look. I understand that he is playing a serious character who has experienced many traumas in his life. But until he learns to show more facial expressions as an actor, I don’t think he can think of being a future Amitabh Bachchan. Aside from this, Sidharth did a good job in the film and I did like the Sidharth-Shraddha on screen couple.
Like I said, Shraddha has improved a little. She is very energetic, and happy-go-lucky in this film which suited her. Since Sidharth’s character was so depressed and angry, Shraddha’s character provided a nice contradiction and positive mood to the film. She performed her role convincingly and was particularly good in the opening scenes. There were a few moments in the Banjara song where I felt that she was not very elegant and could have done better.
As for Riteish, he was fantastic. He totally creeped me out and that’s exactly what that role demanded. I did not like the contacts he used in the film, but I guess it increased the creepiness level a little bit. Fans of Riteish must not miss this film because it’s by far one of his best performances. I’m so glad that after a film like Humshakals, he came to his viewers with a role and project like this.
The dialogues of the film are very good. The dialogues that stood out were: “Andhere ko andhera nahi, sirf roshni mita sakti hai, nafrat ko nafrat nahi, sirf pyar mita sakta hai.” And “Jab tak hum kisi ke humdard nahi bante na, tab tak hum dard se aur dard hum se juda nahi hota.”
The other aspect of the film that requires recognition is the music. It’s impressive. Half way through the film, one is already hooked on the music. There are not many films nowadays where half way through one says ” I have got to get the music of this film” and Ek Villain is one of them. My favorite songs are Zaroorat and Galliyan. I like the second version of Galliyan sung by Shraddha Kapoor. Yes, she sang a song and she is great at it. She has a lovely, soothing voice and worked great for this song.
In conclusion, I highly recommend Ek Villain. The story is good, the performances are good, the music is good. What else do you want? Go and watch it.