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A killer who teases the entire police department with his flawless crimes, gets chased by a retired stylish cop whose past influence the killer's future with the cat and mouse game getting out of hand.


B. Unnikrishnan


B. Unnikrishnan

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Credited cast:
Mohanlal ... Dr. Mathew Manjooran
Vishal ... Dr. Shakthivel Palaniswami
Manju Warrier ... Dr. Neelima Mathew
Meka Srikanth ... Felix D. Vincent
Hansika Motwani ... Shreya
Raashi Khanna ... Harshitha Chopra
Renji Panicker ... K. Sreenivasan
Chemban Vinod Jose ... Iqbal Mohammed
Siddique ... DGP
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anand Anand ... Dinesh Tharakan
Idavela Babu ... Police Constable
Vishnu Govindhan ... Pippu
Irshad ... Kumar Valiyaveedan
Narayanan Nair ... Khalid Mustafa
Kottayam Nazeer ... Vinod Abraham


A killer who teases the entire police department with his flawless crimes, gets chased by a retired stylish cop whose past influence the killer's future with the cat and mouse game getting out of hand.

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Release Date:

27 October 2017 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Злодей See more »

Filming Locations:

Kochi, Kerala, India


Box Office


INR 30,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Rockline Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Vishal spend a total of 24 days in the film, by halting his three films in Tamil. He did this to full-fill his ambition to work with Malayalam actor Mohanlal. See more »


[from trailer]
Mathew Manjooran: Murder, whether one or two in number, it's actually weird!
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Alternate Versions

In the UK, 29 seconds of footage were removed from the film; containing sequences of violence in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut "15" classification was also available. See more »


Written by Engandiyur Chandrasekharan
Produced by 4Musics
Performed by Niranj Suresh and Shakthisree Gopalan
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A Theme That Was Already Feasted Upon ; An Impatient Crime Thriller
27 October 2017 | by CobertNeedeSee all my reviews

A Tragic Backstory. Check. A Step By Step Crime Investigation. Check. ASnitch Within the team. Check. A final clash with the villain. Check.

Villain was a complete mess from the beginning. To be honest, i lost track of what was happening in between. Too much use of neo-noir transitions, particularly unnerving lighting effects and almost no use of the superb cinematography surrounding this dull film. Villain is a throwback to the 90's crime investigative thrillers wave in the Mollywood industry, then again it fails in that. Villain's execution and style may differ from the mainstream but the ignorant use of special effects and transitions spoil the fun. It is a theme that has already been feasted upon by the Mollywood industry and we sure don't want to burst ourselves.

Villain had a strong base to build, it was engrossing, thrilling but lacked the essential substance to go forward. The story-line wasn't a line at all, it was a messed up mix of emotions, unneeded close ups and a whole lot chunk of unnecessary dialogues. Although the criticism on dialogues isn't fair ; it might be the only plus point that i may be able to point out. Villain's lack of substance left us with doubt whether to sympathize with the characters or not ; leaving us almost no individual performances that we really cared for.

The acting line up was sensational. Vishal had a conclusive performance while the same could not be said to Hansika. With bad dubbing process ( which is kind of a improvement ) and unnecessary English dialogues to fill that space, the sound editing team really needed to run this again.

Mohanlal's performance was yet again, exceptional. It is one of the few cases where the character that a certain actor gets corresponds with their age and the casting was beautifully done. Siddiqe, Aju Varghese, Chemban Vinod all delivered a sub par performance while the only odd man standing out would be and is only Mohanlal. To be honest without the stardom and On screen presence of Mohanlal, Villain would sure have been a bloating mess.

The cinematography might be the only one thing that i really cared for in the film. It was the only plus point that stayed true to the screen at all times. Kudos to Manoj Paramahamsa for that.

Overall, with a few out of the box scenes, Villain is an OK watch but then again so is all the recent releases.

+ Watch out for the ' philosophical ' punch lines. + Cinematography + Lead Acting

  • Weak Story - Terrible on screen execution of certain characters. - A pale and shallow theme. - Poor editing and visual effects considering the budget. - The dialogue - "Nothing is white or black, everything is grey"


My Rating - 5.7 / 10.0

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