The question regarding the so called “fine line” between plagiarism and inspiration is back on the market. This time it is Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain. So yes, we saw the devil. We definitely did. With Ek Villain, one could either say that Suri achieved what he wanted to achieve, or one could say that he failed to conceal what he tried so hard to conceal. But lets get down to the point. After the death of Ayesha, Guru is on the look out for the man who committed the crime. Before we know much about everything, we cut back to the poorly executed early bloom of romance between Ayesha and Guru. It is very hard think what the writers must have been smoking but this was one of the worst “love story build ups” in recent years (barring the ones that promise that and only that). Not much of importance is given to the limited possibilities of an easy romance for a man with a past like that of Guru. A few songs and a few scenes with some forcibly pushed-in “anger points” to create a failure of a balance, the love story is to be accepted and this from the director who’s last film was a love story and set records at the BO. To say it in the calmest way possible, Shraddha Kapoor is strictly below average in Ek Villain. Malhotra’s efforts are evident and it would be harsh to call his performance a bad one. The highlight performance of the film would be that of Kamaal R Khan. Okay, you got me. That was one you would want to forget about as soon as the credits begin to roll. The real highlight performance of the film would definitely be that of Ritesh Deshmukh. Something so much more acceptable than Humshakals? Yes! Remo Fernandes has a fantastic screen presence but all that is given away with his poor dialogue delivery (with awkward breaks) which at some points isn’t even in an expected amount of sync with the movement of his lips.
Ek Villain is a mis mash of avoidable mistakes and brilliance. Sadly, the brilliance is in a startlingly low quantity. But what is more startling is that the brilliance lies within certain elements of the screenplay only and nothing else. What is even more brilliant is that all these elements that could be termed “brilliant” do not belong to Mohit Suri or anyone who has the slightest to do with the latest Suri film. Unarguably, the central idea in itself does not belong to Ek Villain but belongs to Kim Jee-Woon’s I saw the devil. Mind you, this was not hard to notice from the trailer of the film itself. But as we all know, we always got to give the film a chance. Most of the possibilities of Deshmukh’s character and his entire relationship with Guru takes you right back to I saw the devil. Suri does not even spare two other key sequences from the Jee-Woon film after not sparing the central idea itself. The dialogues try real hard sometimes but this one would go down as one to forget for Milap Zaveri. Somethings could just jump out at you such as; “Couldn’t Mohit find a better actress to play the character of Ritesh Deshmukh’s wife?”, “Why are doctors and nurses shown to be so aggressive and arrogant?” “How in the World could Guru be beaten up by cops with apparent brutality and then could Guru go out, sit in his jeep and drive off? Was he being beaten in jail or had he come for a party?” “Why is Shraddha Kapoor’s face over lit in every situation?” The list goes on. There is a point in the film that you just don’t want to miss. That is when a nurse asks Guru “Marne kyun nahi diya use?”. The irony. Get it? By the way, we still have men running along the side of a railway with the woman sitting inside, crying. Just incase you thought we had surpassed that phase.
Ek Villain is a disappointment to say the least. Coming to Suri, nothing can give a Director a license to do what he did to/with I saw the devil. There is no excuse for it nor is there a comeback. It is a disgrace and nothing more. Also it is a shame because in today’s times, we have a lot of filmmakers doing their own thing, making their own films that cut it on the Global level. During times like these, Ek Villain is just a mark of shame.
I would give the film 1.5/5 stars.