Ek VillAin- Deserves a Dekko Pronto!!!!


Mohit Suri has for long promised the moon with every film of his and although all his films are faithfully inspired from either Asian or European films, he has shown enough chutzpah in his work to have us believe that more often than not, he will deliver. But then again the horror of his last film is still fresh. Yes my dear lovebirds, Aashiqui-2 was a plod which completed a home run only on the basis of its soulful music and even Mohit’s weakest film Crook is a better watch than Aashiqui. Which brings me to Ek Vilian, a loosely adapted or should I say a watered down version of I Saw the Devil. Mohit Suri takes the original film, retains the feel and the central idea and Indianises it to suit our tastes. That means the sex has to go and the gore has to go, which often ends up leaving a remake soul less because Korean and Japanese films thrive on violence.

Mohit invests the film with a soulful love story, bucketful of emotions and a fine ensemble of actors who haven’t been seen in this kinda avatar before. This is what works for the film. The sense of urgency, the cat and mouse chase, the good vs bad all come alive and with the help of some terrific songs, Mohit Suri delivers a smash remake which would leave you rooting for the Villain. And for 99% of the audience who have never even heard of the original, the concept would create ripples in their heart and mind.

ek-villain-movie-poster-copyBut the film isn’t without its share of flaws. With such a terrific lead cast, when the support cast falters even a wee bit, it becomes glaringly obvious. Casting Remo as a mafia don is a gamble gone wrong. His thick accent spoils the mood of the film and I could not figure out what is Shaad Randhawa doing in the film and what is the reason he hounds Siddharth although clearly the man has left his criminal past behind. Kamaal R Khan as usual overacts and is a pain to watch. Those few minor blips aside, the film is uniformly good and holds your attention till the end. The crisp length of the film works to its advantage and the buzz the film has whipped up will ensure a strong word of mouth.

Coming to the performances, Siddharth Malhotra comes into his own in his third film and clearly has his Alia moment (pun intended). Shradhha Kapoor is terrific as the chirpy girl with a heart of gold. And Riteish Deshmukh who is often reduced to playing a sidekick in crass comedies is a revelation here. He performs with such gusto and intensity that you will for the cold blooded killer. Not easy I tell you, but such is the man’s performance. Aamna Sharif returns to the screen after a hiatus and is delight to watch.

Ek-Villain-2nd-PosterAfter some time, I have really come out satisfied out of a Mohit Suri film. The last time that happened was with Awarapan, which probably bombed. The reason i guess is Ek Villain is highly believable and can be the story of anyone. A common man going through the grind suddenly turning into a psychopath, we have all heard of that before. With so much going for it, the film deserves a watch and when it comes to Mohit Suri, all’s forgiven. This is what you do best and this is what we love most. Keep the fight alive.

Rating- 4/5

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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein: A futile exercise in self depreciation!!!!!


Punit Malhotra, who had burst onto the Bollywood bandwagon with a surprise hit called I Hate Luv Storys a couple of years back, returns with his second directorial venture called Gori Tere Pyaar Mein and yes, before you ask, the GORI in the title is a reference to Kareena’s complexion. And after watching the film, I have just one question for Punit- Why Imran? Or rather why Imran again? The director who probably decided to try his luck for the second time by casting Imran surely doesnt realise the meaning of the word Miscast. And alas, this film is all set to be a resounding flop, both commercially and critically. In the hands of a better and more charismatic actor, this film could have been a mega success. Alas, that is not going to be the case.

The story is about an aimless guy who prefers to party wee into the night instead of attending his aunt’s funeral. But his life changes when he comes across a wannabe social worker girl who impresses him with a first Tooh. Then begins the clash of ideologies between a yuppie who doesnt care about anyone other than himself and an activist who finds a new issue everyday to fight for. While they break up at the end of the first half, the guy goes looking for her in a godforsaken village where she has been camping for 11 months, doing god knows what. But as soon as the guy reaches the village, she remembers that they have a bridge to build and this makes the guy who had forgotten that he has studied architecture spring into action. The rest of the film is about how he finally manages to build the bridge and in turn bridge the gap which existed between him and the girl. Too smart, are we?

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My heart goes out to Kareena Kapoor. She looks luminously beautiful in every frame. But alas, with zilch support from Imran Khan, there is only this much she could do. In fact, even Shraddha Kapoor steals away the couple of scenes where she features with Imran. The rest of the cast is ho hum and the chemistry between Imran and Kareena is as cold as the Shimla winters. Infact, Imran manages to establish more chemistry with Esha Gupta who stars in a song than he does with Kareena in the whole film.

The songs are quite dancy and peppy, but with such a shoddy script, even good music doesn’t really help matters. Mahesh Limaye captures each frame with delicate hands and gives us a visually nice film to look at. But alas, the film suffers from the predicament which plagues most of KJo films. Behind all that gloss and glamour, there is a void where ideally there should have been a script. And for that I blame the director Punit Malhotra, who is one of the writers.

If you must watch this film, then be prepared to come out feeling confused just like I did wondering why do people still cast Imran Khan who has exactly 3 expressions in his repertoire.

Rating- 1.5/5