Ek Villain Returns is a story of unrequited love between two men. The paths they choose to end their love stories decide who is the hero and who is the villain! Eight years after Rakesh Mahadkar (Riteish Deshmukh) put an end to the terror, another serial killer is born in Mumbai who is even more brutal and dangerous. This villain also hides his face behind the same mask. As one officer says, “Yeh Villain wants to be the messiah of one-sided lovers…” It kills girls who reject boys’ love.
Gautam Mehra (Arjun Kapoor) is the son of a rich family. He is cruel and his only aim in life is “to die but not to die”.. so he meets RV Malhotra, a singer. The two have a few dates and then fall in love. But soon there is a storm in RV’s life when Gautam betrays her and leaves her. Meanwhile, the second story continues for Bhairav(John Abraham) and (Rasika). Taxi driver Bhairav falls in love with Rasika at first sight. The two grow closer, but Bhairav soon finds out that Rasika is cheating on him. He broke down. There comes a point, the four characters bond with each other, but here who is the villain, who dies and who survives, the whole story revolves around that.
Arjun Kapoor as Gautham is better than the four actors. The director has given him a style, chic, which the actor has maintained throughout the film. Arjun lags behind in the emotional scenes but his action sequences with John Abraham are eye-catching. The chemistry between Tara and Arjun disappoints. The director has given a good arc to Disha Patani in the role of Rasika. Disha is trying to do justice to the character, but right now she needs to work on her expression. The same goes for John Abraham. Except for the action sequence, John is seen flat-faced throughout the film. Supporting actors like JD Chakraborty, Shaad Randhawa did a good job but got very limited screen time.
Along with directing the film, Mohit Suri also wrote its screenplay. The most important thing for a suspense thriller is a story that can keep the audience hooked and looking forward to the future. But the script of this movie is so weak that the first few minutes are boring. Everyone pitches in to give each character a twist. Also, the way the film depicts violence and murder is rather questionable. How using love as your greatest weapon serves the sole purpose of killing someone! Disha’s character in the film says, “Self defense is loud, both the hand breaker and the heart breaker…”
Editing of the film is done by Devendra Murdeshwar which is average. The story of the film unfolds continuously with an interval of several months. This model is also quite interesting, but the constant jumping of the story between today and yesterday… distracts from the story. The action choreography is well done. At the same time, Vikas Sivaraman’s cinematography is also average.
The songs in the film are composed by Ankit Tiwari, Tanishk Bagchi and Kaushik-Gudu. The lyrics of the song are written by Manoj Muntashir, Kunal Verma, Tanishk Bagchi and Prince Dubey. The film’s music is composed by Raju Singh. However, there was a time when songs from Mohit Suri films were in the news for years. But Ek Villain Returns absolutely disappoints. “Galyan”, which is taken from the old film itself, leaves the same impression. The rest of the songs leave no impact other than to enhance the story.
If you prefer the action suspense thriller genre, then re-watching 2014’s Ek Villain would be a better option than watching Ek Villain Returns. Starring Arjun Kapoor, John Abraham, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria, this film is weak in every sense. Stars and a half for ‘Ek Villain Returns’ by Filmibeat.
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