Ek Villain is an Indian 2014 Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures. The story is written by Milap Zaveri and Vihan Malik (Aadi). It stars Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh, and is about a hardened criminal whose terminally ill wife is murdered by a sadistic serial killer.
Ek Villain is alleged to be an unofficial remake of the 2010 film I Saw the Devil though the director, Suri, has refuted this. It marked the first time Deshmukh portrayed a negative role. It was released worldwide on 27 June 2014 and received positive reviews from critics, garnering praise for the theme, direction, screenplay and performances. Made on a budget of ₹390 million, the film became a major box-office success with earnings of over ₹1 billion domestically and a worldwide gross of ₹1.69 billion.
Aisha Verma calls her husband, panicking, as there is a mysterious man trying to kill her. Her husband is unable to reach in time and the killer injures her with a screwdriver and tosses her out of the window. At her funeral, CBI officer Aditya points out that it is vital to track down the murderer or else Guru Divekar, Aisha’s husband, will go on a killing spree. Guru’s past is shown in flashbacks. He used to be a ruthless hitman working for mob boss Caeser, who raised and trained him so that Guru could have a chance to murder the goons who killed his parents. Guru is arrested for killing a young man, Debu, but gets bailed, as Debu’s mother, a witness, refuses to testify against him. She warns Guru that she did not testify because one day, God will make him pay for his crimes and he will also lose a loved one.
Guru meets Aisha, an optimistic girl dying from a terminal illness. She seeks his help to save “Chotu” an old age man from a mental asylum. Guru saves him with Aisha and he taks part in Chotu’s wedding with Sheela. Aisha’s diary, which depicts her wishes falls in the Mandap and Guru gets that. His friend explains the wishes to them as they were in English. At last he finds his photo as a goon with a title of “to save a life”. Enrage, Guru reaches to Aisha. But there he witnesses that Sheela is already dead. When he sees that Aisha was taking the photo of funereal, he becomes angry and lashes out at her, asking that why is she doing this? is it just to build a sympathetic good image of her to others. With a smile full of pain, she explains Guru that the wishes in the diary is her last wishes, as she is suffering from terminal ilnness. He decides to help her complete her bucket list before she dies. They fall in love and get married. Guru leaves behind his old life and gets a job while Aisha receives treatment in Mumbai and recovers. She discovers she is pregnant and decides to tell Guru in person as he is returning from his interview, but is murdered before she can. In a parallel story, Rakesh Mahadkar is an unsuccessful and henpecked man who is constantly ridiculed by his wife Sulochana for his shortcomings, though he still loves her. He vents out his frustration by murdering other women who speak rudely to him like his wife or have some complaint about him, and Aisha turns out to be one of them.
In present day, Guru finally hunts down Rakesh and brutally beats him, then admits him to a hospital and pays for the expenses, intending to return and keep beating him. At the hospital, Guru learns that Aisha was pregnant, which breaks him even more. While assaulting a nurse, Rakesh is again intercepted by Guru, who kills him, then revives him with an intracardiac injection and sets him free. Meanwhile, the police finds out about Rakesh and take his wife for questioning about Rakesh as they doubt on him being the one who is responsible for all those recent murders of women in Mumbai. Rakesh realizes that Guru is Aisha’s husband and is taking revenge.
Rakesh taunts Guru over the phone before killing Aisha’s father. He expects Guru to kill him so that he’ll become a “Hero” in the eyes of his wife and everyone else while Guru will become the “Villain”. However, Caesar calls Guru and says that he has killed Rakesh’s wife but left his little son for Guru to kill. Enraged, Rakesh fights Guru but is run over by a car and dies before he can kill him. Guru adopts Rakesh’s son instead of killing him and completes the remaining wishes on Aisha’s bucket list.
Sidharth Malhotra as Guru Divaker: A former criminal, Aisha’s widower.
Shraddha Kapoor as Aisha Verma/Aisha Guru Divaker: Guru’s wife, killed by Rakesh.
Riteish Deshmukh as Rakesh Mahadkar: A psychotic killer, Aisha’s murderer.
Kamaal Rashid Khan as Brijesh Yadav, Rakesh’s friend and colleague (Special Appearance)
Aamna Sharif as Sulochana Rakesh Mahadkar, Rakesh’s frustrated wife.
Remo Fernandes as Caesar
Shaad Randhawa as ACP Aditya Rathore
Asif Basra as Aadesh Verma: Aisha’s father.
Rishina Kandhari as Jia Shinde: Nurse.
Prachi Desai (special appearance in song “Awari”)
Ria Gogiya as Rakesh and Sullu’s child