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Villain (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 27 October 2017 (USA)
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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





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
Joy Badlani ... Veesmankur
Vishnu Govindhan ... Pippu
Irshad ... Kumar Valiyaveedan
Narayanan Nair ... Khalid Mustafa


Three men are murdered by a killer who teases the police department with his flawless crimes. ADGP Mathew Manjooran is called in on his last day to investigate the case. When three more men are killed in the same way, Manjooran is pulled into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Written by Shrinivas G. Kulkarni

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Director chose Zeiss Otus lens to use in the camera, which is originally used in still cameras. With cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa he conducted test shoots 3 - 4 months prior to filming. His inference was, Otus lens, having high sensitivity and sharpness will multiply the workload of a focus puller, but will compensate with a greater output. Low lighting was extensively used in the film and the film have no static shots. See more »


[from trailer]
[to Mathew Manjooran]
Shakthivel Palaniswami: Make up my mind now, whether you or me, the real Villain of the story!
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Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, in order to obtain a 12A classification the distributor chose to remove 29 seconds of footage containing stronger moments of violence. An uncut "15" classification was also available. See more »


Pathiye Nee
Written by Hari Narayanan
Produced by 4Musics
Performed by Haritha Balakrishnan
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Capsule Review: Villain
1 January 2018 | by nairtejasSee all my reviews

The intentions of Villain as a film are wise but the shoddy execution makes it look overtly pretentious. Director B. Unnikrishnan directs Mohanlal as this rugged, smart law enforcement officer who is forced to come out of his voluntary retirement to solve a case that seems ordinarily stupid. The setup is very lukewarm at first, supported by Raashi Khanna's tasteless performance. One is supposed to get hooked into such crime thrillers at the beginning itself but instead here we are cringing over Mohanlal's snobbish character. The power in the film is introduced when we enter the protagonist's past and realize how the writers have messed up the plot by trying to look smart and psychological. Villain aspires to show you the evil side of human beings but it succeeds only in showing the ugly acting of Vishal, who graces the screen like the plague. Short-lived characters played by Manju Warrier and Hansika Motwani hardly help as the plot, trying to look intellectual, goes down the hill in the second half. The aim of the film is to show that every hero has a villain and vice versa, but I'm not really convinced. Villain is easily the most disappointing films of 2017. TN.

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Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kochi, Kerala, India


Box Office


INR100,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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