Ek Villain Returns Review: A Pea-Brained Pot With Trustworthy Performance

John Abraham in an image of The Return of Villain Ek. (courtesy: Youtube)

Cast: Arjun Kapoor, John Abraham, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria

Director: Mohit Suri

Evaluation: 1 star (out of 5)

Terrible writing, terrible acting and clueless storytelling, The Return of Villain Ek he has got everything. He peddles his hokey wares with such a straight face – he can only be matched by the unbending stares of John Abraham – that it would be safe to conclude that director Mohit Suri thinks he is delivering a cinematic essay to his rival. the brilliant.

A sickening and misogynistic serial killer thriller, The Return of Villain Ek wastes no opportunity to stifle the possibility of common sense making its way into the film. It brings together a totally ill-equipped cast to take us into the recesses of minds burned to the brink of madness.

The film wants to generate tension and intrigue. All it does is deliver a series of blotchy scenes that would be laughable if they hadn’t been so painstakingly crafted.

The Return of Villain Ek is a mindless potboiler who vainly tries to draw the line between darr (fear) and pyaar (love) – one of the actors utters the word, quite inadvertently, like PR, pee-aar – is as thin as its putrid plot.

The film kicks off with shaky footage of a vicious attack by a masked marauder at a noisy party in a high-rise building. The owner of the pad, singer Aarvi Malhotra (Tara Sutaria), disappears.

The alarm bells are starting to ring: the “Smiley Killer” is back in force. ACP Ganesan (JD Chakravarthy), a self-proclaimed criminal psychologist, claims he knows who’s behind the mask. His police colleagues aren’t so sure.

The film, too, gropes in the dark spectacularly. It goes back and forth between now and six or three months earlier to follow the parallel stories of two guys who wander like lost grizzly bears who have wandered into town in search of food.

One of these guys is the temperamental son of an industrialist, Gautam Mehra (Arjun Kapoor). He ruins his ex’s wedding and puts on a show. Aarvi, unbeknownst to the troublemaker, records the scene and posts it on social media. Gautam quickly gained notoriety.

Instead of flying around in blue funk, Gautam stalks Aarvi at a music festival and begins hovering around her with the express purpose of returning the favor. He offers to help the struggling pop singer get rid of a much more famous rival – Qiran “with a Q” -. The smiling mask comes back into play and Aarvi has her way as Qiran hastily retreats, leaving the scene to her.

The other male protagonist, John Abraham, is Bhairav ​​Purohit, a zookeeper, part-time taxi driver, and shopaholic who buys a shirt a day from shop assistant Rasika Mapuskar (Disha Patani). Harassment is clearly the favorite pastime of the two men vying for the titular title in The Return of Villain Ek.

Rude behavior and the kind of love that smothers the receiver is presented as something worth emulating. Just as bad, a psychopathic killer on the prowl receives a halo.

The Return of Villain Ek reduces the two heroines to a pair of silly mermaids who spout lines so completely dippy they might as well be packed off to the zoo where one of the heroes works (0r villains, who knows what this guy wants to be). It’s the respect the script gives to the girls.

Yes, one of them is entitled to a few minutes to expound on the agony of not being accepted by her biological father. While this lady is prone to self-pity (which, of course, is far better than being pushed around by men who don’t know better), the other is infinitely more aggressive.

Maar do yaa mar jao, she says to her taciturn boyfriend then shows him exactly how to go about it. And one thing she’s perfectly right is her repeated teasing man – murkh aahes (You’re an imbecile)!.

The movie is worse because it’s problematic in more ways than a good old murkh ever could be. We’re told the serial killer shot up to 15 young women to death, but Ek Villain Returns is opposed to giving the victims (bar one) the faces, lives and relatable stories that could create any room. to arouse some sympathy for their pitiful fate. For the screenwriters of this film, the balance sheet is only a figure.

The film goes to the other extreme and blames the women for how they ended up. The killer, we learn, targets girls who don’t reciprocate the love showered on them by men who want to force their way into their lives without even permission. Such girls deserve death, violent at that, the film would have us believe.

The Return of Villain Ek– a sequel to a film made eight years ago – would be dismissed as a muddled, yawn-inducing concoction, but for the hammer blows it rains on our sanity. Not a word he utters, nor a scene he creates, makes sense. It perpetuates dangerous notions about love and its repercussions.

Will the film be remembered for anything? Yes, there is one thing it delivers without skimping – noteworthy performance. It’s doubtful that any recent Bollywood film has crammed so much bad action into a two-hour span.

Arjun Kapoor and John Abraham are vying for more than screen time. They go above and beyond to match the film’s vacuity with performances that are defiantly stuck in a nonchalant loop.

As for Tara Sutaria and Disha Patani, the less said the better. The film ensures that nothing they do on screen distracts from what they are here for – their pretty faces and hot bodies. Anything more would have required some thoughtful writing and that’s too much to ask.

Ek naughty returned. It’s time to run for cover.

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