Claps for: Casting Ritesh Deshmukh and Sidharth Malhotra
Slaps for: A misleading title
Popcorn refill: Whenever you suspect that Shraddha Kapoor is about to tell a joke, even if it's the slightest suspicion, just run pal! Save your souls and get some popcorn.
Performance: Shraddha Kapoor was all set to win a high school elocution competition with her dialogues. Sidharth Malhotra and Ritesh Deshmukh were bang on for saving us from her overdose of rosiness. Sidharth Malhotra convincingly plays the role of an angry young man and we must say he did manage to shed his image of being Bollywood's new chocolate boy. Ritesh Deshmukh's performance as a psycho serial killer just takes the prize, after all the comedy roles he has been famous for. Kamaal R Khan manages to receive reactions even before he begins with his dialogues, not necessarily good ones though! KRK does manage to essay his role well to his credit. Remo Fernandes was surprisingly spot on with his role, from playing the part of a powerful goon to delivering the dialogues perfectly.
Direction: Mohit Suri gets full points for managing to keep our filmy brain on its toes for most of the film. The 'Supposed to be thriller' sequences came along well. He did a commendable job on stringing together a series of twists so smoothly. One thing though, the VFX butterflies, dolphins, paper planes and peacocks were really amateurish and could have been way better.
Story: A badass villain with a pitiful back story, a bipolar psycho that turns into a serial killer after putting on a trench coat and a jumpy girl with a bucket list surprisingly manage hold our interest till the end of the movie. The story that starts with a bang doesn't fail to succeed in keep up with twists that come just in time to save the film.
Combo on offer:
If the following questions don't haunt you after you've left the theatre, it is safe to go ahead and give it a watch:
1) How do the characters magically come together at the same place whenever needed for the story to proceed?
Influenced by Ekta Kapoor serials? We think so...
2) How does one villain conveniently have the phone numbers of all the people he requires at the end?
Facebook, you think??
3) Why was Prachi Desai's name mentioned as a special acknowledgement in the opening credits?
That item number? Naah, it couldn't be...
4) Why can't you get the song 'Galliyan' out of your head?
Oh, now that's a ghost of a earworm that will follow you for some time now, you'll survive it...
We give this film claps for attempting to give us a fresh concept. Even though this freshness was marinated with the same old Bollywood masala, 'Ek Villain' serves as a good watch overall. It's safe to say that Bollywood fans would find films bland without that same old masala now.