Ek Villain Returns Movie Review: Makes The Original Oscar-Worthy | Bollywood

There’s a fight in the subway. There is a fight in an old building. There is a fight on a busy road. But why are they fighting? The question persists for a long time watching Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain Returns. Billed as a spiritual successor to his 2014 film Ek Villain, this sequel is thoroughly painful, pointless, and psychotic. Obviously, just one bad story isn’t enough to make a film below average. In the case of Ek Villain Returns, there’s a lot more that contributed to the end result. Slow writing, lazy direction, half-baked characters, and insane twists and turns all came together to make what could have been a biting thriller, a rather boring watch.

And if that wasn’t enough, you’ve got four actors so terribly wasted here. Two macho men – John Abraham and Arjun Kapoor – showcasing their best action hero avatar, then two pretty girls – Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria – trying so hard to make sense of their characters – yet no quartet could save Ek Villain Returns.

A serial killer is on the prowl (Riteish Deshmukh is sorely missed here) and ruthlessly kills young girls with twisted love affairs. Gautam (Kapoor) is a spoiled rich brat, who has a sort of love-hate relationship with Aarvi (Sutaria), who we mostly see singing on stage at outdoor theater concerts. Cut to an intense, introverted taxi driver Bhairav ​​(Abraham) who falls in love with Rasika (Patani), a saleswoman at a posh store who has a thing for materialistic pleasures. After a while, Kapoor and Abraham are introduced as abandoned lovers and begin to move in peculiar ways. Mind you, it’s not clear now who the serial killer is, who the villain or the hero is. The yellow mask is back, but who’s behind it takes forever to reveal.

Thirty minutes into the movie and we’re still being told how Gautam and Aarvi met and fell in love, got revenge, fell in love again, broke up et al. Still no clarity on the plot. Even during Bhairav’s taxi rides, we only see him obsessing over Rasika and continually asking for “notes”. But why? Why can’t he see her vile intentions? Why doesn’t Gautam tell Aarvi that he loves her? Why do one-sided lovers face the weight of this villain? Why does Mohit Suri unnecessarily complicate a simple script? Why don’t we get answers to most twists at the right time?

At 128 minutes, thankfully, the film isn’t too long, but however many hours you spend watching the story unfold, you just want it to speed up and reveal what really happened. past. Additionally, the non-linear storytelling proves a failure as there is virtually no difference in how these characters look. So it just gets confusing with every flashback.

In terms of performance, I wasn’t expecting much from Sutaria and Patani anyway given that they were simply used as props to give the men in their lives an agenda and decide their actions. Their character never really arches. Patani’s weird laugh is rather annoying and gives you a headache. Sutaria tries hard but she can only do what the script asks her to do.

Abraham, for me, turned out to be quite a surprising cast for this part only because I expect him to do so much better. Ek Villain Returns puts him in a box and just won’t let him break free. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time Abraham had so few lines in a movie. Of all of them, Kapoor happens to shine and take the cake. Her character has undertones that you can identify with. In the supporting cast, actors JD Chakravarthy and Shaad Ali as cops have so little to play that you feel bad for them. They are made to appear and disappear from the story according to the director’s whim and fantasy.

Not to mention, soul track Teri Galliyan was covered as Galliyan Returns and plays in the background throughout the film. The rest of the album is simply forgettable and does not live up to expectations at all.

To cut a long story short, at the end of it all, you only wish it would have been better if this villain didn’t return at all. I mean, who would have imagined that a script like this in the present day would make its predecessor a much better movie. Ek Villain Returns is out in theaters now. Watch it only and only if you can stand the so-called mass cinema that expects you to keep your brains at home.


    Monika Rawal writes about Bollywood and television, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.
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