Filmmaker Mohit Suri's latest film Ek Villain is inspired by the South Korean revenge film I Saw the Devil. Although, it is quite evident that the action is toned down for the Indian audience.
It's a story of a serial killer who picks the wrong man's fiancee to murder.
Bad guy with a good heart Guru (Siddharth Malhotra) works for a local gangster (Remo Fernandez) in Goa. Life takes a pleasant turn once he meets the chirpy Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) who wants to live her life to the fullest and has a joke for every occasion. Aisha's life is all about doing things for others and interestingly for one of her many cases she wants to take Guru's help. He doesn't seem interested but she for some reason is sure that he will agree and predictably so, he eventually does. A few scenes later, Guru and Aisha are married. The twist comes when a serial killer Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh) on the loose kills Aisha. His is one of the many rude characters in Ek Villain. From doctors to the ticket collectors, everyone for some reason is arrogant and brash.
Now it's only certain that Guru will dig out Rakesh come what may, to the extent that even the countries best security officers from the CBI are worried, not because there is a serial killer on the move but they fear Guru's revenge which can be ugly. Devasted, Guru manages to find Rakesh but he decides to not take his life and instead will find him torture him every day.
The cops are the most useless lot in this film. They don't catch the serial killer, in fact at one point when they have information about him they pass it on to Guru so that he can seek revenge.
Ek Villain folds out quite contrary to its simplistic name. Told with an even pitch, the film isn’t anything like the run-in-the-mill stories we are subjected to watch every week. This is sheer compelling commercial cinema that has a lucid story and its heart in the right place, without indulging in anything stoop! Mohit Suri doesn’t depend on ‘signpost’ characters; surprising and gratifying you in equal measures. I don’t even care if this film is a rip off of some obscure Korean flick, this is a smashingly effective one! The film’s riveting rhythm, breathtaking performances especially from Sidharth and Riteish and the fantastic writing makes for a magnificent, racy and emotional watch.
Our Rating - 3.5/5