Ek Villain is definitely a remake of I saw The Devil but the script is Indianised to such an extent that it nearly becomes a whole new story and even though one would find innumerable relations and references from the Korean flick, the scenes are changed to such an extent that they become fresh and something radically different. The film unfolds in a series of flashbacks relating the story of the protagonist and the antagonist from their own perspectives. The two characters bring forth their own reasons for doing what they are doing and they justify themselves but in the midst of the chaos that they have in their heart, innocent and sometimes not so innocent people get butchered.
The story revolves around Guru (Siddharth Malhotra) who is a henchman for a local mob boss. He was raised by the mob boss after his father and mother were brutally murdered for settling gambling debts. Guru gets his revenge but he is lost in the world of crime for ever. In walks Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor), a bubbly and chirpy girl who lives life to the fullest and carries a wish list striking each wish that she is able to fulfil. The duo strike off a chemistry and Guru begins to find solace in life. He learns soon enough that she is terminally ill and whatever she does is to live life to the fullest but Guru refuses to give up and tries to nurse her back to health. He is successful at least nearly but then the unthinkable happens.
Aisha is murdered and Guru at first thinks that it is his Boss who did it to get him back but then realises that it is in turns the work of a serial killer who is running amuck in the town. Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh) is an ordinary middle class working individual who is tormented by an inexplicably insensitive wife Sulochana (Amna Sharif). She literally verbally rapes the man day and night and the same happens with him at his work place and everywhere else. Frustrated, he turns to killing girls and women which gives him peace and satisfaction. He does it to keep a calm and composed self in front of his wife whom he loves with all his heart. Guru soon discovers his wife’s killer and decides not to kill him but to torment him for life. What happens next forms the crux of the narrative for Ek Villain.
Mohit Suri has done exceedingly well to create the romantic angle beautifully between Guru and Aisha. They share a simmering chemistry and the way in which their relation develops leaves no room for any complain. Guru’s agony at not being able to save her and his subsequent realisations about his own evils is heartening to watch. The music is oh so beautiful and the songs are wonderfully pitched at critical junctures which seamlessly take the story ahead without any hiccups. The songs actually elevate the sequences where they appear and charge up the emotions wonderfully. What is heartening to see is that in spite of all brutality around, the film never loses out on giving hope.
The character of Riteish may appear strange for the Indian sensibility but let us admit that there can be no sane reason for an individual to turn into a serial killer. He murders for pleasure and satisfaction and the script gives ample reason for him to get psyched. In the later halves of the movie when he finally gets what he wants, his reaction is heart-breaking to watch. It is in these scenes that the line between the good and the evil gets the thinnest. Riteish turns in his career best performance. A sharp departure from his comic roles, his performance overshadows Siddharth’s honest portrayal simply for the novelty of his act. Shraddha Kapoor looks alluring and acts as if her life depends on it. She is the heart and soul of the film and she doesn’t let the film down. Siddharth handles a complex character with ease but somewhat loses his ground in front of Riteish. Amna Sharif is apt.
Overall, Ek Villain is an engrossing and heart-warming watch which can be enjoyed by one and all. The scintillating chemistry between Shraddha and Siddharth, Ritiesh’s brilliant work, the charming cinematography and the brilliant music are just some of the reasons to watch this film. don’t miss it.