Ek Villain Returns Review: Arjun Kapoor steals the show in this John Abraham, Tara Sutaria & Disha Patani starrer

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Film: Ek Villain Returns

Director: Mohit Suri

Star cast: John Abraham, Disha Patani, Arjun Kapoor, Tara Sutaria

Bollywood Bubble ratings: 3 stars



Ek Villain Returns Movie Review:  

“Darr aur pyaar logon se buri cheezein karvaata hain” – well, this is a dialogue said by Disha Patani’s character in Ek Villain Returns and I wondered if it is true until I saw the film. After watching the film, it got me a little scared about the toxic and psycho people who live and breed on others. Ek Villain Returns starring John Abraham, Disha Patani, Arjun Kapoor, and Tara Sutaria is about two men who are heartbroken in love. But there’s a thin line between hate and love and these two men are in their own battle to prove themselves to be the hero and villain in their lives. Ek Villain has everything that one commercial movie can expect – massy dialogues, action, cliche lines, terrific songs and loaded romance. The Ek Villain Returns platter is full of commercial value.


8 years after Rakesh Mahadkar reigned terror on Mumbai, another serial killer takes birth who is 2 times more brutal and dangerous. This villain also hides his face behind the same cover, the Smiley Mask. Ek Villain Returns is the story of two men in one-sided love. The paths they choose to fulfil their love stories decide who the Hero is and who is the Villain.


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Star Performance:

Arjun Kapoor plays the role of a spoiled son of an industrialist Gautam. His only aim is ‘Marna hai par harna nahi’ in his life. However, after he falls in love with Aarvi, his perspective on life sees a 360-degree shift. I actually liked Arjun in the film. From his intense gaze to his action sequence, Arjun aced in all departments. After Gunday, seeing Arjun in this one was quite pleasing. He’s the best out of the four as he steals the show in this ensemble and you can’t doubt that! I would definitely love to see Arjun exploring his potential.

Tara Sutaria plays the role of a pop star Aarvi in the film who falls in love with Gautam. Must say, after seeing Tara in SOTY 2, Marjaavaan, Heropanti 2, Ek Villain Returns can easily be her best performance to date. She beautifully emotes her vulnerable side which makes you feel for her.

Disha Patani essays the role of Rasika in the film. Talking about the character, I won’t call her the strongest one but she is one of the toxic characters among others. Just like her character, in some parts, Disha irked me while in some, she tries to shine.

John Abraham plays the role of a cab driver Bhairav in the film. And I want to say what’s with his same brooding look in every look? I have been observing this since his previous films and I’m simply exhausted to see it. It seems like John from Satyameva Jayate and Attack has featured in Ek Villain Returns also as he seems to be the weakest among the lot.

Supporting cast like J.D. Chakravarthi, Shaad Randhawa and others have done a commendable job and shone bright with their limited screen time.

Direction/ Screenplay:

The second film is also directed by Mohit Suri and just like the previous film, his direction is quite enticing. Since there are two couples in the film, the plot and direction get twisted, however, Mohit does a fab job in the second part. He tries to take it a notch higher this time and much to everyone’s surprise, it lives up to the mark.

However, the one thing that seemed quite off was portraying the toxicity in its glory. I was not convinced of how one gets the sole motive to kill someone just by killing people and using love as their biggest weapon. Without giving more information on the same, interestingly, the movie reminded me of web series like YOU and Dexter.


Overall, Ek Villain Returns shows a constant fight between good and bad, hero and villain; however, it is Arjun Kapoor that takes away all the attention from others.

Watch the trailer of Ek Villain Returns after the movie review:


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