EK VILLAIN is Mohit Suri's first film outside his home banner, Vishesh Films, but Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Motion Pictures' too enjoys a great reputation where it comes to good musical scores in their films. And that combined with Mohit Suri's strong musical instinct (as evident from all his films, ZEHER to AASHIQUI 2), throws up humongous expectations from their forthcoming venture. Moreover EK VILLAIN sees the magical team of Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari together, so expectations are sky high. Let's check out the music that promises to be another blockbuster.
The Ankit Tiwari rendered and composed 'Galliyan' is an intense, haunting love ballad with absolutely scintillating orchestrations comprising of flute, violins, guitar and harmonica. The simple tune adds to the inherent charm of the song and makes for an excellent number which has immense repeat value. The lyricist does a good job and succeeds in providing the song with the required intensity.
'Galliyan' unplugged (duet) has actress Shraddha Kapoor making her singing debut and she renders the number with ease. Ankit joins in later and supports well.
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One superb number follows another and just like AASHIQUI 2, Mithoon pitches in with a gem of a number, 'Banjaara'. Mohammad Irfan takes the breath away with his scintillating rendition. One must admit that 'Banjaara' is a difficult to render song and singing it with aplomb, almost unplugged, with minimalistic arrangements is praiseworthy! Lyrics by Mithoon are just superb. The song is a tribute to the director Mohit Suri who says, ''Long back I had told Mithoon that I wanted to go home. I was tired of leading a crazy, gypsy-like existence. I wanted to settle down. He wrote 'Banjaara' for me. The phrase 'banjaare ko ghar' in the track depicts finding love, finding a home.''
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.