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An actor finds his role: Ek Villain gives Riteish Deshmukh a chance to be a hero

By HT

What is common between Masti, Housefull, Kya Kool Hai Hum, Dhamaal, Heyy Baby and their equally scarring sequels? Riteish Deshmukh. Yes, the same actor over whom the critics and audience alike are going ra-ra for Ek Villain.

He is the frustrated, henpecked middle-class Rakesh in the film whose wife thinks he is good for nothing. He vents by killing random women and bringing their belongings home to his pesky wife. He creeps you out with his smile. His eyes channel his madness, his expressions reveal his intent. A younger Bob Biswas from Kahaani? A would-be Lajja Shanker Pandey (Ashutosh Rana) from Sangharsh?

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He effortlessly outshines the brooding Siddharth Malhotra and the bubbly Shraddha Kapoor.
Riteish Deshmukh

And all the while you are thinking – is this REALLY the same actor I saw in drag the last week in Humshakals? That film was spine-chilling as well but for a completely different reason.

Through this open letter today, we have just one request – Riteish, can you make sure that your days of dressing in drag are behind you?

Through this film, he has proved that he’s equipped with the requisite acting chops. And for a change, it does not have anything to do with slapstick – his forte and métier till now. He was way out of his comfort zone in Ek Villain and that’s where we like him.

Not that the actor disagrees. In interviews before the release of Humshakals – of which he was the best part – he had said, “I am bored of doing comedies and more than that, I don’t understand what new should I do. I don’t know what should I do which will be different from all that I have already done.”

He also said that he had tried doing different genre of films in the past like Naach and Rann but the movies did not work and hence he did more comedies, which were accepted by the audience.

Before the release of Ek Villain, he had said, “The reactions I have got for the film have been positive. I sense a kind of excitement in people about my role and they are talking about it. What films I do in future depends on how well Ek Villain does. I am hopeful I will do different kind of roles.”

The audience has had its say Mr Deshmukh, it’s your turn now and we hope Bollywood directors are listening.

Meanwhile, Twitter has been flooded by positive reactions for Riteish.

    @Riteishd take a bow! Versatility shud be ur middle name. Killed it in #EkVillain
    — Tushar Joshi (@TusharrJoshi) June 27, 2014

    and my last two words on ek villain - RITEISH DESHMUKH. so proud of @Riteishd .. i was always biased now even more biased :)
    — sujoy ghosh (@sujoy_g) June 27, 2014

    For Riteish Deshmukh, #EkVillain is a game changer. Sure, he is a master at comedies, but he has excelled in a contrasting role too.
    — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 27, 2014

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