When you search for Ek Villain, Google should just redirect to the 2010’s Korean film, I Saw the Devil. You know, just to save yourself from wasting your time.
Yes, Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain is the “unofficial” remake of Kim Jee-won’s I Saw the Devil. It’s unofficial as Balaji Motion Pictures couldn’t acquire the rights legally, so the remade it anyway.
Whatever works in favour of Ek Villain has been lifted from the Korean revenge thriller. Whatever doesn’t, is original. That’s my summary of most of the Bollywood “unofficial” remakes.
The jab at “mard” in Ek Villain
In Ek Villain, Riteish Deshmukh (Rakesh) plays the killer who kills women who make fun of men, in general. You know, appropriate for the #MenToo era.
His wife, Sulochana (Aamna Sharif), is constantly ridiculing him for his shortcomings. This sends Rakesh on a killing spree as he tries to restore his injured male ego by killing anyone who pokes it.
Halfway through Rakesh’s backstory, we see Rakesh, Sulochana and their son going home in a rickshaw. As their rickshaw is stuck in traffic, a horde of eunuchs (hijras) surrounds them for money.
Rakesh tries to resolve this situation by offering them money. Sulochana is visibly infuriated by Rakesh’s gesture.
She asks, “Paise kyon diye inko?” (Why did you give them money?)
Rakesh answers, “Woh pareshan kar rahe the. Agar paise nahi deta toh nahi jaate.” (They were troubling us. They wouldn’t have left otherwise.)
To this, Sulochana replies under her breath, “Pata nahi kaisa mard mila hain. Koi bhi bhaari padd sakta hai iss par.” (I don’t what kind of a man I’ve got. Anyone can overpower him.)
Ek Villain undermining men and the LGBT community in one sentence
Aamna Sharif’s Sulochana is constantly questioning Riteish Deshmukh’s Rakesh’s masculinity throughout this movie.
According to her, a man’s ability to provide for a family is directly proportional to his worth.
However, offering money to one of the most downtrodden communities in India is the least of Sulochana’s worries.
Remember, this is the same country where the LGBT communities, especially the Indian Hijra community, are treated as second-class citizens.
So, Sulochana undermining her husband’s masculinity and disrespecting the LGBT community in front of their child is pretty bad parenting, in my opinion.
You are doing nothing but passing on your hatred and toxicity to a new, impressionable mind.
Kids are constantly looking up to their parents and are picking up not just habits but also ideologies, as well.
2014’s Ek Villain is not just a shoddily
remade made film, but is also an irresponsible one, too.
Balaji Telefilms, next time you’re remaking something, just lift the movie as is. You know what they say, “If it ain’t broke…”