Ek Villain Returns Rating 4.0/5 & Rating
EK VILLAIN RETURNS is the story of a murderer on the loose. Gautam Mehra (Arjun Kapoor) is the son of Mehra (Bharat Dabholkar). He’s naughty and creates a scene at his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. A video of him beating up guests and security forces goes viral. An aspiring singer, Aarvi Malhotra (Tara Sutaria) uses bits from this video to create a parodic song. It’s going viral. Gautam meets her at the Revel Music Festival. A famous singer Qiran (Elena Roxana Maria Fernandes) is ready to perform on several days of the festival. Aarvi expresses a desire to perform at the festival in her place. Gautam uses his wit and spite to draw Qiran out and replace her with Aarvi. This helps Aarvi to become more famous. She falls in love with Gautam.
Things take a turn when Gautam stabs her butt and leaves as he seeks revenge for using his video clip to gain fame. Six months later, Aarvi is throwing a house party when a killer arrives and takes her away while injuring or killing the rest of the guests. Video from the crime scene shows Aarvi addressing the killer as Gautam. The police conclude that Gautam is the culprit. However, ACP VK Ganesan (JD Chakravarthy) has his doubts. He rounds up several suspects, one of whom is Bhairav Purohit (John Abraham), a taxi driver. He is a mysterious character deeply in love with Rasika Mapuskar (Disha Patani). What happens next forms the rest of the film.
Mohit Suri and Aseem Arora’s story is intriguing and, like the first time, promises a healthy dose of romance, heartbreak and violence. The script, written by Mohit Suri and Aseem Arora, is tight. The film has two tracks, each of the two lovers, and they run parallel and also cross neatly. In the first half, however, things get confusing in several places. Aseem Arora’s dialogues add to the film’s massive quotient.
Mohit Suri’s direction is great. It is very evident that he has evolved as a storyteller and this can be seen in his storytelling style and treatment. A film like this is not easy to handle. First, one must give equal importance to both traces. Second, the characters lack morality. Everyone in the film is evil. Getting involved in such a film is not for everyone. Nevertheless, Mohit Suri manages to give the film a very mainstream touch. On the other hand, the first half can leave some viewers confused. Also, the way the narrative moves back and forth can add to the confusion for some moviegoers.
EK VILLAIN RETURNS starts rocking. In fact, viewers shouldn’t miss the beginning at all costs. The music festival sequence is exaggerated, especially the way Gautam pulls Qiran out of the frame. Bhairav’s track starts late, but once it does it adds to the overall mystery of the film.
There’s a fight sequence on a subway train that’s worth watching and utterly suspenseful. The break point is a huge shocker. Things become clearer after the break, especially with the flashback sequence. The final fight is fun, but what adds to the madness is the suspense. Most viewers won’t see it coming. And if you think that’s all, then think again, because the last scene will blow your mind.
Naa Tere Bin – Ek Villain Returns | John Abraham, Disha Patani
Speaking of performances, John Abraham seems a bit stiff in the opening scenes. However, he gets better as the film progresses. In the second half he plays his role with ease. Arjun Kapoor looks dashing and the director has presented him for the masses. Its performance is also quite good. Disha Patani looks wonderful and her performance has improved a lot. Tara Sutaria is way better than her role in her last movie HEROPANTI 2 . It leaves its mark, especially in the first half and the scene in front of the hospital in the second half. JD Chakravarthy is a bit of an exaggeration. Shaad Randhawa (Inspector Rathore) doesn’t get much leeway. Bharat Dabholkar (Gautam’s father), Elena Roxana Maria Fernandes, Shivani Tuli (Aarvi’s girlfriend Rubina), Karishma Sharma (Gautam’s ex-girlfriend Siya), Prasad Jawade (Ashu) and Digvijay Rohidas (Bhairav’s girlfriend Keshav) are doing well.
The music of the film is decent. “Galliyan Returns” is best of all, also because of the illustrations. ‘Dil’ comes next followed by ‘shamat’ and ‘Na Tere Bin’. Raju Singh’s background music is captivating and adds to the effect.
Vikas Sivaraman’s cinematography is great. A lot of shots are taken creatively and that increases the impact. Rajat Poddar’s production design is cinematic. Aejaz Gulab’s action is a little gory, but not distracting. Ayesha Dasgupta’s costumes are glamorous and those worn by Disha Patani are unforgettable. VFX by Unifi Media is top notch. Devendra Murdeshwar’s cut is sharp.
Overall, EK VILLAIN RETURNS is a perfect amalgamation of top notch music, amazing visuals, thrilling moments and strong franchise value. At the box office, especially in the mass centers, it can surprise and emerge as a great success.