Before I go into my views about Ek Villain, I’d like to state that I am a huge fan of “I Saw the Devil (ISTD)” (on which Ek Villain is based) and I consider it a cinematic masterpiece. When I heard that Mohit Suri is making an Indian version of ISTD I was contrastively (9 out of 10 times I hate Indianized version of classics) quite glad and upbeat about it. Reason: From the very first time I watched ISTD, I have always felt that it has a very universal story and despite all the violence its core element: “The story of ultimate pain and suffering and confronting it” is applicable to almost every variety of people.
What went unforgivably wrong in Ek Villain is the understanding of the story of ISTD by the director. I think Mohit Suri saw it as a story of revenge rather than for what it was. Throughout ISTD the audience witnesses the attitude of the protagonist (The husband) and it becomes very clear, how deeply hurt he is with his wife being killed. It is this pain and suffering that made him do what he did to the killer. In Ek Villain the director and the writers fail to portray that in Siddharth’s character. Even though the actor tried his level best but the treatment did not back him up at all.
Mohit Suri gets full marks in developing a back story and actually making it very Indian and very entertaining but what he completely messes up is establishing a connection of the husband’s grief with the audience. Despite the back story as an audience I hardly felt sorry for the husband’s character compared to what I felt for the same character in ISTD (even though there wasn’t a back story). (more…)