Arjun Kapoor and John Abraham fight each other in the official trailer of Ek Villain Returns released Thursday by the makers of the film and released. Also featured in the highly anticipated trailer were their respective love interests. While Arjun and Tara Sutaria are seen as a couple, John faces Disha Patani. Read more: John Abraham says he wouldn’t ‘be available for’ 299 or 499′ on OTT
The nearly three-minute trailer opens with a meeting, where an official gives a presentation, and talks about serial killer Rakesh Mahadkar, played by actor Riteish Deshmukh in the 2014 film Ek Villain, then tells how a new villain had arrived eight years later. The new villain targets women, who have “one-sided” lovers.
Then an intense looking John Abraham is seen with Disha. After which Arjun and Tara share some romantic moments together. Soon a showdown takes place between Arjun and John, and it’s hard to tell who is the ‘hero’ and who is the ‘villain’ as they fight each other in some well-choreographed action sequences. In one scene, Arjun says he was the “villain” when John was the “hero.”
As Disha says in the trailer: “Darr aur pyar logo se buri cheezein karwata hai (Fear and love make people do bad things), the video ends with a cliffhanger. Who is the real bad guy? Is it Arjun, John or someone else? The trailer even featured throwbacks to the original Ek Villain, with mentions of Riteish Deshmukh’s character and the inclusion of the song Teri Galiyaan.
Arjun shared the trailer on Instagram, writing: “It’s time to enter the Villain universe! #EkVillainReturns trailer out now. This Villaintines Day – July 29, 2022, coming to nearest cinemas.” Fans appreciated the film’s tone and action sequences, but many compared it unfavorably to the original. “Love the action and John here, but miss the original,” wrote one fan.
Ek Villain Returns marks Arjun’s first collaboration with Tara, Disha and John. The film hits theaters on July 29. Like the first film, Ek Villain, the sequel will also be directed by filmmaker Mohit Suri. On Wednesday, the main cast had shared new posters of the upcoming movie.