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A revenge saga that works so hard in trying to make you feel for the characters that it fails and you are left gaping at the screen in bewilderment for over two hours.Read more
At first instance, Ek Villain came across as [Darr], a dangerously obsessed stalker. But soon enough you realise the stalker is actually a serial killer. Other than Stoneman Murders I don't remember another Hindi serial killer film in recent times. As inappropriate as it sounds, that in itself is exciting.
In fact, its been a while since we've seen a decent thriller. However, there are a couple things in the trailer itself that tell you not to get too excited. One, it gives away to much of the movie and thus too much of the thrill. My judgement is I already know what's going to happen in the film half way through the second half of the film.
Two, though I appreciate Riteish Deshmukh playing a villain, I fear he might go a little overboard from what it looks like in the trailer. I hope I am proven wrong on both counts, and at the very least can look forward to good performances by the three lead actors.
Bollyspice - "4.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
Indian Express - "The minimal acoustic heavy arrangement, with nice touches of harmonium, help. "
koimoi - "4/5"
Milliblog - "Ankit Tiwari rules over this typical Mohit Suri soundtrack."
Music Aloud - "7.5/10"
rediff - "4/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
There's a serial killer on the loose who kills women ruthlessly and yet I am smiling for the things happening on screen are mildly amusing and hardly scary. With a hero that you hardly care for, a lead lady that is carved out to be too sweet to be true and a villain who hardly has a menacing strain in him, Ek Villain is a revenge saga that works so hard in trying to make you feel for the characters that it fails and you are left gaping at the screen in bewilderment for over two hours.
The main culprit is too much backstory. Too much backstory about the lead characters and too much backstory about the villain. Serial killers are serial killers because they are serial killers. They don't really need a reason to be so. I know I have always been a fan of grey characters, but this one just doesn't work here. His reasons are not convincing, and thus only end up being a distraction from his "villainy".
I was intrigued when the movie started with what looked like the climax. It is very difficult to pull off a thriller when the audience knows a lot of what happens. And difficult it stays, for Ek Villain. There is very little effort put into making the dynamics of how the situation reached the stage of this particular climax interesting. While the movie starts with a bang and a lot happens story-wise too, it reaches a lull soon enough.
It is then left to the actors to keep things going. Of the lot, only Siddharth Malhotra with his limited range of expressions came across as closest to natural. Both Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh are trying too hard to be chirpy and villainous respectively, to be effective. You could say they tried to do their bit well, in terms of trying to perform. But cute turned shrill and annoying and villainous actually made me laugh more than once. Yet, I am glad Riteish Deshmukh tried something different from slapstick. Here's to more such attempts.
The film is also very loud, in general, with almost one or the other character shouting under the guise of being full of life or full of anger. It doesn't help that the characters are voicing out their thought instead of showing them with action. We know a lot of the villain's characters from their own description of themselves to others, as a monologue.
I don't even want to get into the logical gaps in the film. These are clearly things that the makers wanted to take the audience for granted about. Most of them are quick fixes to get from one situation to another.
There is this slight sliver of story that might have worked had energies not been spent in making the story non-linear. The story had enough meat, even without the backstories, to make for a decent film. But, it just doesn't work out with the combination of the performances, the side-tracks the story takes, the songs and dances. Quirks like Kamaal R Khan's character are more irritating than anything else, though it does mean he played it well. Yet, that doesn't make its inclusion an advantage for the film.
Saying that this story had potential is giving it a little more credit than it deserves because a lot of it needed to be edited out rather than just changed. We'll continue to wait for a good thriller to come our way.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ... EK VILLAIN is a stylish, spellbinding and terrifying edge-of-the-seat thriller. It's a step forward in this genre, without doubt. A sure-shot winner! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raedita Tandan, Filmfare : ...Though indulgent in parts, Ek Villain packs in a punch. Copy of a Korean film or not, it’s ‘good’ paisa vasool entertainment. Make it your weekend watch.... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Even though Ek Villain has borrowed generously from the Korean film “I Saw The Devil” it still makes for a very entertaining Hindi film which boasts of everything that can cater to the audience and also makes for a pleasurable viewing experience. It is intense, dramatic but it gives an optimistic outlook that is missing from films of this genre. If you have not been to the theatre in a long time, go watch Ek Villain and give it a chance. The chances of disappointment are very less.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Ek Villain is an indulgent affair that breaks down the boundaries of regular thriller. Mohit Suri has raised the bar with this film that is captivatingly shot and crisply edited. At 2 hours, 7 minutes, the film benefits from the inspired lucidity in writing and dialogues. But mostly, it is the unpredictable skin Sidharth and Riteish don in this film that pulls the carpet from under your feet. Their phenomenal performances remain the movie’s most enticing bit and the reason why I am going to watch this once again. Going with a 4/5, this is one heady film with the desired punch.... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Apart from a more consistent pace, Ek Villain also needed more detailing and more depth in its characterisation. As an American crime and legal teleserial junkie, I found myself longing for the writers of Criminal Minds and Law and Order: Criminal Intent to have a go at the profiles of both Guru and Rakesh. They’re interesting men who could have been so much more. Without that depth, Ek Villain is a reasonably entertaining but unmemorable film.... full review
So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Warts and all, Ek Villain is a veritable thriller that keeps you glued till its bloody climax. It’s a film that touches you, pokes you, nicks you with its heartrending story.... full review
So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ...BIG QOUESTION-Should I watch Ek Villain? Despite many loopholes, Ek Villain is still a watchable film. Watch it for Mohit Suri’s style of direction, and songs.... full review
So-So, by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...In the Korean original, there is psychotic character who is such a good friend of the antagonist that he feels happy when the latter proceeds to violate his slave wife. KRK manages to play a character even more despicable than that, and it comes so naturally to him. I tip my hat to Mr Khan, and I have made up my mind to recommend every film that he appears in, including this one.... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...It's a shame then that despite the uniformly impressive performances, and Suri's nifty directing skills, the film is only moderately fulfilling. I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five for 'Ek Villain'. If you're still wondering, the real villain here is the lousy script. ... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well, there is a good amount of dum for all those who have not seen the Korean film 'I Saw The Devil'. The movie, despite being a weak copy of a classic thriller, ends up being watchable due to its fantastic music and good performances by the lead actors. If you remove the music and actors from this film, it's a weak film with a lot of loopholes and stretchy moments. There was a curiosity attached to the film so as to who the actual villain in this movie is? Well, the mystery ends as the writers are the real villains who ruin a wonderful concept by adding the unwanted reasoning part, weak screenplay and lots of forced melodrama.... full review
So-So, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com : ...Ek Villain could have been a far superior product. What it becomes is a lackluster thriller. You could watch it for the actors and the drama. Not if you wanted to watch the thriller Ek Villain was promised to be.... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...You cannot fault the scale of Ek Villain or berate its lead star cast. But you wish you could celebrate this thriller like you did Suri's last movie outing Aashiqui 2. This one lacks soul.... full review
So-So, by Aparna Mudi, ZEENEWS.COM : ...The unveiling of the visceral saga has a lot of strong characters and Mohit has done a good job in adapting a foreign film and complimenting it with the drama that the Indian audience is used to. But he has gone a tad over in making a thriller. Maybe, filmmakers should step out of this trap more often and we wouldn`t be too far from making beacons of world cinema... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...To conclude, actually the concept behind the original film I SAW THE DEVIL and the title EK VILLAIN is that we all have a hidden villain inside us, who suddenly comes into existence in an extreme situation when someone hurts our beloveds unexpectedly and then we all split into a twin personality unknowingly. The meaningful theme is beautifully portrayed in the well-conceived Korean film, but gets completely lost in the muddled script of EK VILLAIN which is nothing more than a mixed sweet & sour dish well-presented in a superbly decorated plate without any appreciable taste.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice : ...What gives the film its gravitas is Riteish’s brilliant turn as a henpecked husband who could just be a murderous madman too. His eyes remain dead and yet they speak volumes. Sidharth is more comfortable showing vulnerability than he is showing menace. However, this is a very good performance for a relative newcomer. Aamna Sharif looks beautiful and gives a nuanced performance despite having a one-note role. Kamaal R Khan plays a slimy womaniser with visible relish.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle : ...Watch the film for Riteish and Riteish alone just to see how effortlessly he slips out of his farcical ‘Humshakals’ pinafore into the heinous hood of ‘Ek Villain’.... full review
Thumbs down, by FPJ Bureau, Free Press Journal : ...Retiesh Deshmukh’s surprise casting as the serial killer will probably work in favour of his earnest though undistinguished performance. Siddharth Malhotra lacks fire, even so, his looks and presence manage some semblance of impact. Shraddha is livelier in this film than we’ve seen before. She also has a delicate, vulnerable femininity that helps her performance along. Shaad has a thankless role and Remo is miscast. Kamal Khan is a joke! This is a film that manages to hold on to a fraction of what it promised!... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...To Suri's credit must go the easy-on-the-eye treatment of the film which is what keeps it ticking (albeit painfully) apart from Sidharth and Shraddha.... full review
Thumbs down, by Faheem Ruhani, india today : ...To its credit the film has good music but that there is an unnecessary and easily forgettable item number by Prachi Desai. You come out of the theatre feeling unsatisfied with the final product because all its characters were sketchy and poorly developed... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Suri shows some cinematic flair here with some tightly choreographed scenes - a long-shot action sequence, Aisha's murder and the Shahenshah tribute. But Ek Villain is too contrived. And more so as a romantic thriller, its few twists and turns are easily apparent. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Ek Villain is an ugly ode to misogyny. On the other hand, it is an opportunity wasted for a spectacularly violent film free of middle-class dross. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rahul Desai, Mumbai Mirror : ... That said, I find myself listing its' flaws while listening to Shraddha's haunting rendition of Galliyan - which pretty much encapsulates the method behind the Mohit Suri school of filmmaking. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Watch if it a film that’s essentially unoriginal, with plasticky emotions, and unnecessary gore fills up your soul. The only redeeming aspect is Riteish Deshmukh’s performance, but that would mean enduring the rest of the film as well! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Reha Shrivastava, STARDUST : ...Ek Villion is far from mohit suri's best. The storu has its moments and tres to give some interesting twists but isn't compelling enough to give you thrills you were so desperately hoping for thanks to its lifeless leads.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India : ...The love story in ‘Ek Villain’ is tragic but it is a supreme tragedy that a film that could have been an intriguing thriller remains just another squandered opportunity.... full review
__teeexox: EK VILLAIN WAS UHHMAZING.
_waraaa: Ek villain is one top film ❤️
_itsEmilia: Never thought I would love a Hindi movie this much
_axtb: ek villain was such a good movie
_AbdullahAsad: EK Villain <3 <3 <3
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Shohriinn: But if there's anyone who wants to watch one last movie before Ramadhaan, go watch Ek Villain. It is amazing!
shivaganeshaa: go and watch ek villain...its awesome...
sharma4lyfe: Ek Villain at Square 1 with the brother and friend! Amazing movie with even more amazing individuals! #EkVillain
Shanayaax: Ek villain is a superhit!! WHOOOWHOO WE DID IT GUYS!!! :'D @shraddhakapoor @mohit11481 @S1dharthM <3
ScorpionArsal: Ek Villain. What a film. Superb.
sadhiarai: Ek Villain awesome movie...loved it!!!
SAAGARMODI: Watched Ek Villain... A good movie with #Magical_Music... #Siddharth_Malhotra clap 4 ur expression man...... https://www.facebook.com/sagar.modi3/posts/782543335130550
Rukhsaar_786: jst watched Ek Villain amazin movie @S1dharthM luvd u in da mvie
RegistaScholes: Ek Villain is a more than decent watch imo.
RanbirsVelvet: I must be one of the very few people who actually liked Ek Villain...
purva29081958: Went to watch Ek villain with frnz!!! What a movie!!!Awesum work by all three of them!!! Sid makes u go like wowww...Just love him♥♥♥
oddjxlena: EK VILLAIN WAS SO GOOD YALL DID SUCH A GOOD JOB @S1dharthM @ShraddhaKapoor @Riteishd
nishhh_450: Ek villain.. Umm an entertaining movie :D
NighatAyub: EK VILLAIN - different & a great movie! The main guy tho... HOT
nidaaaa38: Ek Villain is a must watch
NHaider007: NaJi SheIkh Ek VIllain Achi movie hai yawr.. ;)
nehasarwan16: Awesome movie so far.... ek villain @S1dharthM <3 <3...
nafisaaxo: Ek Villain was the best Bollywood movie I've seen in a while, it was beyond amazing #nuffsaid
muslimaakhtar: Ek villain was amaaaaazing omg
mukto_pran: What a film Ek Villain is..... Just speechless..... Awesome story...... — feeling happy
MrAshfaqAhmed1: Ek Villain Awsome Movie.......
Monis971Khan: Superbbbb work!!! Great story A story which I have never seen before Ek villain
MissLilGiggles: Wowwww Ek Villain was awesome! @S1dharthM acting was amazinggggg!
manpreet_virk6: Ek Villain was perfect
magicmayhem2014: Watch ek villain which is an awesome film! @ShraddhaKapoor @mohit11481
Maaaaheen: Ek Villain was decent
LLiQuiDD: Watched ek villain at cinepax ........ Fantastic movie
leesha_k_ox: Ek Villain was so so beautiful
khanyanot: ek villain is my favourite indian film now, o m g loved it
khanhassan321: Ek villain quite nice movie luved it
kgillxo: Ek Villain was such a good movie, the tears are so real #newfavourite
JyotiBhattal: Best actor of the year- @S1dharthM! Ek Villain was amazing!!!
Jk_smurf14: Ek villain was the best! Hats off to the whole crew involved!
jahangirkhan96: Ek Villain was amazing, I recommend every brown person to watch it
i_safaAb23: Watched ek villain today! the movie makes you cry so many times! :( <3 <3 an amazing movie indeed!
i_Arhaan: Done with Ek villain .....mohit suri is the hero.... overall nice film...sid has grown as an actor n @Riteishd aap toh chah gaye bhau :))
its_1D_Lover: Omg Ek Villain was way better then I thought it would be
itstweety6: Ek villain#topmovie
ImKishlay007: Ek villain.. Awesome movie @Riteishd
iLadyUnited: Ek Villain is such a lovely movie.
iCherylEjaz: Awesome movie hai ek villain :')
Ibrxhiim_: Just watched Ek Villain, such a good film..
hvzawkhan1: Ek Villain <3 BESHT
HKHamzaKhan93: Ek Villain = Zabardast
hirahero4you: OK ek villain was so good omg
HeenaPhansopkar: Ek Villain was such an intense movie.. Loved it.. Love brings out the best and the worst out of a person..
Harjapx_x: Ek Villain is actually the greatest films I've seen this year
HakunaMmmAtAtA: Ek Villain is more awesome and better than transformers 4
erhardikrsharma: Wonderful movie Ek Villain.....
em_arsalan: Ek villain awesome movie sidharth malhotra and reteish superb acting <3
div_biv: Ek Villain was the best movie I have ever seen and I would love to watch it again!! except now I got a phobia of screwdrivers! :$
DhaalChawal: Ek Villain was amazing !!
devyani_singh28: Watched EK VILLAIN sweet movie......awesome......All of the actors had done a great job..☆☆☆
dashingadity: Ek Villain.. Good to watch.
cherrylovesksg: Everybody should go watch ek villain its a really nice movie @S1dharthM @ShraddhaKapoor @Riteishd
ChalBeyNikal: Ek Villain achi movie hai~
asammufc: Ek villain was a good movie liked it because it was diffferent @Riteishd was amazing @S1dharthM was good @kamaalrkhan was funny
Akazz128: Ek Villain was a really good movie
aizaaa_: Just watched Ek Villain and I absolutely loved it! You are an amazing actor @S1dharthM! Sending much love from Canada!
aiysha_16d09: Ek Villain was so good man.
Aisha_R_: Ek villain was amazing...my bae looked so buff xo
Aiiishaaa_: I like ek villain.
Abbz0388: Just saw Ek Villain! The lead pair make such a cute couple <3 Loved it!
AAfser: Cannot get over how amazing ek villain was
UzI_ruLz: Watched Ek-villain. Average movie.!
sidhanth_s: Ek Villain ***
siddesh14: Ek Villain Ek Normal Bolly Movie !
RafeyHashmi: Ek Villain - Copying bits from the original Korean film 'I Saw The Devil' failed resoundingly. Bad acting. Okay direction. 6/10. DVD worth.
Nushk_Deshpande: Hmm, ek villain was alright
Naila_albloushi: it was a normal film but cool #ek_villain
Laaraibkehar: Yaar ek villain as not that good movie its was just good time pass. +_+
KingDrunkard: Ek Villain is Ek time watch. Pros: Good Music Good Performance Cons: Movie is slow paced Thoda bahut typical Bollywood Chutiyapa
javeerahk: Ek Villain was good but not as good as I expected ...
anjanair90: Just watched Ek Villain, bad acting, good music, hot Siddharth. Movie is not worth a buck!
vaibhavrulz: Koi galti sey bi mat chaley jaana Ek villain ,Torture jhelni mushkil hai..is sey achhey toh CID ke episodes aatey hai..
TinaKhakharia: Ek Villain was such a sick movie
swarnjit_kumar: Ek villain a bullshit
shaheersherry1: After watched Ek Villain Kash *TRANSFORMER* He dekh LEta
sanarrrrr: Ek villain is a wicked movie!
rhythmgurjar: "Ek Villain" very disappointing. Execution and situation created did not convince at all. Ritesh.D- impressive work.
Reemkapoor: Ek villain probs the shittest Indian film I have ever seen. Always get dragged to watch the shitty films
rabyeyo: Ek villain was bullshit.
Naidu_Pramod: Ek villain is such a disappointment. . It's the worst remake/stolen film I have ever seen. Bad very bad... #Bollywood
Mubasher1996: #Ek #villain super Flop mOvie Larki hi marjaaati hai wo bhi shoroh me huh bakwas !! -_- COPY of Ghajini and... https://www.facebook.com/Mubziii/posts/813894188634564
MessiSlaysUrFav: Ek villain so many flaws in the film. Kareena would have done a better job.
Lalaa_786: Ek villain was such a sad film, yet so predictable. Sidharth Malhotra looked WOW.
karthiklovespc: Ek villain is crap, time wasting :P
itsFaryalMazhar: Itna ek villain ka Rona roya hai sab nay k nafrat ho gai is movie k naam say -.-
Irtiqa_a: Can I just say, Ek Villain is a SHIT film.
gulab_jaman: Ek villain was so trash! I was expecting so much. I've never been so disappointed about a movie before.
DanniiHaq_: Ek villain was so sad More of a karma film
Confusionbased: Ek Villain was such a pointless and facepalmish movie.
A_Awaqas: BxT ever #idea to waste uR #time..? #watch #Ek_Villain.. :)
arizshah: Ghatiya Story Ek Villain Riteish Deshmukh You are awesome only...
Anumaicha: What the heck, ek villain was a copy of I saw the devil...such a waste of time
ali_muneerah: Omddd crying my eyes out. Ek Villain is the sikkest movie of all time
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