Ever since the release of Mohit Suri’s ‘Ek Villain’ film critics and Bollywood reviewers have been tying themselves in knots in trying to identify the actual villain in the film.
Fortunately the film has been declared a block-buster and Suri does not have to bother about the villain. But since the film is titled as Ek Villain and has been marketed as the ‘most handsome villain’ of Bollywood, one imagines that Suri must be talking about that new hunk Siddharth Malhotra.
The marketing guys probably were not born in the time when Vinod Khanna was at the peak of his popularity. But I am sure they musthave seen Shah Rukh Khan’s triology Darr (with Juhi Chawla), ‘Baazigar’ ( opposite Shilpa Shetty) and Anjaam (opposite Madhuri Dixit). Any way, no one takes marketing guys to Consumer Forums for making outlandish claims about films.
But my problem is that the film’s title is definitely faulty. There are two obvious villains Siddharth Malhotra and Riteish Deshmukh. You can have your own pick on who is more menacing, Sid with his brawn and guns or Riteish with his screw- driver. My vote goes for the later.
Some critics mentioned that the script is the real villain of the piece. True the script seems too far- fetched at times. But this must be ruled out because Ek Villian is based on a Korean film ”I saw the Devil’ of 2010.
But I don’t know why no one has been able to pin- point the real villain in the film-KRK.
The obnoxious Big Boss contestant who had threatened to leave India if Modi became Prime Minister is still very much around. And he really makes me cringe even though he appears in very few scenes with his comments and that typical laughter.
He talks like the Indian politicians defending rapes. After slapping his wife hard for not putting ice in his drink he tells Riteish something like ‘the middle- class has no option but to take out its frustration on women because they cannot fight their bosses!’
Riteish is a typical aam aadmi who has a nagging wife at home. Fortunately he loves her too much and even though he admits he feels like killing her so many times his love over powers his hatred in this case.
So what does he do? He goes out to work with a screw- driver and any woman who shouts at him is killed brutally in cold blood.
Had KRK not provided him this blasé and crude logic Mumbai would have been spared so many murders because even Siddharth picks up his gun again only after Riteish kills his beautiful wife Shraddha Kapoor (who has a stunning presence once again after Ashiqui 2).
By: Amitabh Srivastava
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