Ek joke bolu?
Guru (Sidharth Malhotra) is running alongside a moving train at Vasco Da Gama station with Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) sitting inside, near the window. He wants her to hold his hand so that she can take him out of the darkness that he is in. The door is just behind him. But he continues holding the window bar and pleading. Guess why he did not jump into the train?
The train fares, shot up silly!!!
Bad joke, right? Well, we are subjected to jokes worse than this and for a moment I was wondering whether Saif Ali Khan was lurking around with Sajid Khan's dialogues in hand!
Thankfully, Mohit Suri quickly takes a sharp 'U' Turn to send the audience in a tizzy with a gripping scene which sets the tone for better things to follow. Or so you think. Then you wait, and wait, and continue to wait. But Suri took a wrong turn after the sharp 'U' Turn. He misses the mark. What you get is a well-planned scene sequence with a sharp storyline.... But only in the director's mind. On screen, he executes a mess. CHECK OUT: EK VILLAIN songs lyrics
Aisha visits a police station (why, we don't know). There she sees Guru, a hardened criminal getting a second degree treatment. This torture is going on just as you enter a police station. She is amused. We are bemused wondering what her happiness is all about. The next we know is that she relentlessly pursues him. She wants his help to get a lunatic out of a mental asylum. Then, she helps around 20 very old couples get married.
Suddenly, Suri realizes that he has to justify Aisha's madness, so he lets her tell us that she has an ailment and not many days to live. Hence she has a diary with a 'to-do-list'. Whether it is Typhoid, Malaria or Dengue, we don't know. Guru, decides to leave his guns behind and help Aisha.
A clean twist in the tale is Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh). He comes out of nowhere to save the blushes for Suri. He is mean, dynamic and plays the psychotic role to the 'T'. A far cry from the roles he has hitherto essayed so far. Terrific!
We also have Remo Fernandes, who is supposed to be this mean boss operating out of Goa. He is more comic than terrifying. C'mon Suri, what was your casting director doing? Even Kamaal R Khan who appears in a cameo as Rakesh's friend and cracks worse jokes than Saif is a total miscast.
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To Suri's credit must go the easy-on-the-eye treatment of the film which is what keeps it ticking (albeit painfully) apart from Sidharth and Shraddha.
Ek Villian had the potential to be a Dushman, the 1998 thriller starring Kajol, Sanjay Dutt and Ashutosh Rana.