Ek Villain Returns trailer: Bad boys, bad girls! No place for heroes here

The anti-heroes [Arjun Kapoor, John Abraham] are fine, but Disha Patani, Tara Sutaria’s potentially femme fatale characters could be the surprise element to this film.

Top: Arjun Kapoor (L), John Abraham. Bottom: Tara Sutaria (l), Disha Patani in Ek Villain Returns [2022]

By Mayur Lookhar

Eight years after Ek Villain [2014], director Mohit Suri, producer Ektaa Kapoor are back with the second film in the franchise. Titled Ek Villain Returns [2022], it appears to be a spiritual sequel. What it has is a fresh cast. Arjun Kapoor, who couldn’t do Ek Villain [2014], jumped on the chance to extend the franchise. He is joined by John Abraham and Bollywood’s glam dolls – Disha Patani, Tara Sutaria. This is no dream cast for connoisseurs of acting. But at least three of them carry a strong sex appeal. No disrespect to… @&^*#.

The trailer was launched in Mumbai yesterday [30 June].  Ek Villain Returns… our first reaction is WHY? There was only one sensible question that was posed by the media. How should a jilted lover channel that negative energy into something productive? Unfortunately, the answer lied in the question itself. With a catchline of ‘Heroes don’t exist’, it would be pointless to throw any moral argument here. Looking at the underwhelming trailer, it is evidently clear the makers are targeting the tier 2, tier 3 audiences. Ek Villain [2014] had its flaws, too, but didn’t that turn out to be a surprise hit?

Ek Villain [2014] had few similarities with Korean film I Saw The Devil [2010]. Back then, writer Tushar Hiranandani and Mohit Suri had vehemently denied the same. Hiranandani hasn’t returned but what does Ek Villain Returns [2022] has to offer?

It tells the story of two aggressive men [John Abraham, Arjun Kapoor] who seem to have suffered a heartbreak. The middles class babe Disha Patani has dumped John, while the rockstar Tara Sutaria has dumped Arjun Kapoor. Is that a strong enough reason for the two men to kill?  The villain in this piece is said to be one individual who targets women who have broken their suitor’s heart. Phew, so sexist, such a loser. Ek Villain, too, copped the same criticism but it still clicked.

Grainy visuals of the potential serial killer in Ek Villain Returns [2014]

If the title is Ek Villain Returns, then shouldn’t there be just one killer? The early grainy visuals show a man attacking a victims. Is that Reteish Deshmukh? Or is it visuals from the first film? But didn’t Rakesh Mahadkar [Riteish Deshmukh] die in the first film?

We presume the killer might be someone else. John Abraham and Arjun Kapoor appear to have a bad streak to their characters.  The mystique here lies in the characters of Disha and Tara. Maybe, there is femme fatale in them. The quartet are not really known for their acting prowess. We fear we could see the same frailties all over again. What’s fairly evident though is that there are bad boys, bad girls and no righteous hero in this film.

Ek Villain Returns [2022] is set to be released on 29 July. Watch the trailer below.

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