The ongoing sweltering summer has cast a dry spell at the box office. Many small budget films came to the forefront due to the paucity of any potential money spinners. The star crazy movie junkies, who like to splurge on their regular dose of masala potboilers, have nothing to worry about though. The latter half of the Summer is lined up with some gargantuan films that boast of an extravagant star cast. But first on the list, is Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain. Here are some of the reasons that make this film such a hot property this summer:
Sizzling Chemistry: A steamy lip-lock shared between Sidharth and Shraddha in the first trailer has already set the junta’s hearts racing. The trailer, showcasing a couple of romantic snaps of the duo romancing on the sun-kissed beaches of Goa, insinuates the possibility of a rollicking chemistry on cards. What’s more, the offscreen cozy rapport that the duo reportedly shares has also kept the shutterbugs on their toes.
Mohit Suri is in devastating form: Mohit Suri’s last outing at the box office – Aashiqui 2, was one of the biggest hits of 2013. Made on a shoe-string budget, the film went on to collect more than double its investment. Understandably, this has led to many trade pundits putting their money on Suri to deliver a massive Summer bonanza.
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The intrigue factor – who’s the villain: While the first trailer showed signs of the belligerent Sidharth as the baddy, the second one prominently showcased Riteish’s character having shades of grey, as he’s set out to kill the imperturbable Shraddha in one of the scenes. The latest news doing the rounds, however, is that the real villain of the film might be none other than the leading lady herself. An online video depicting Shraddha wearing the menacing villain hoodie, has triggered such a speculation, thereby doing wonders to the buzz around the film. Commenting on the recondite state, Sidharth Malhotra said, "We have tried to confuse people and keep them guessing who the hero is and who is the villain. It’s a new trend, where a hero can also become a villain and have negative characteristics".
Music: After the chartbuster albums of ‘Aashiqui 2′ and ‘Murder 2′ the incredible combination of director Mohit Suri and music director Mithoon are back again into familiar territories, to create yet another musical sensation. Two song promos have been released so far – Banjaara sung by Mohammad Irfan, is a soulful number whose effect goes several notches up when played in the backdrop of the chemistry between the leads. The other track – Galliyan has a mesmerizing cadence. During the making of Galliyan, Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor had to remain underwater for almost 7 hours! Eventually, the effort seems to have paid off.
Composed by Ankit Tiwari, the song has already garnered massive hits on YouTube and is well on its way to become the romantic track of the season.
Role reversals galore: The film not just marks Riteish Deshmukh’s debut as an antagonist, but even the ‘Student Of The Year’ young gun Sidharth Malhotra has been shown in a never-seen-before avatar. Sidharth, who is all set to shed his lover boy image, is seen in the promos thwarting almost everyone on his path with élan. Likewise, Riteish, who has proven his mettle mostly in the comedy genre uptil now, will be itching to get a makeover and prove that he is no mug in the serious acting department.
With so many factors going in its favor, Ek Villain is certainly making all the right kinds of noises ahead of its release. Produced by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures, Ek Villain is slated to release worldwide on June 27.
By Anubhav Shrivastava