The suspense thriller Ek Villain Returns released today and is expected to embark upon a good start. Starring John Abraham, Arjun Kapoor, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria, the Mohit Suri-directorial reportedly has quite a few surprises and twists in the tale. Interestingly, this aspect starts at the very beginning of the film, during the disclaimer slates.
REVEALED: Here’s why Rohit Shetty and Kanika Dhillon have been thanked in Ek Villain Returns
Under ‘Special Thanks’, several people have been mentioned. However, two names stand out – blockbuster director Rohit Shetty and acclaimed writer Kanika Dhillon, of Kedarnath (2018), Rashmi Rocket (2021) and the upcoming Raksha Bandhan and Dunki fame. The reason these two names grab attention is that they have not worked with Mohit Suri before. Moreover, their zone of cinema is different from that of Mohit Suri.
Bollywood Hungama has learnt that Mohit Suri has been signed by Rohit Shetty’s production house, Rohit Shetty Productions. Mohit was supposed to make the film with the same script as Ek Villain Returns with Rohit. However, it was not supposed to be under the Ek Villain franchise. Meanwhile, producer Ekta Kapoor was looking for a script for Ek Villain’s sequel. When she happened to read the script of Mohit Suri’s next with Rohit Shetty, she realized that it is apt for the sequel of her 2014 super-hit film, which starred Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh.
Ekta Kapoor is Rohit Shetty’s rakhi sister. She approached Rohit and requested if he could hand over the script rights to her so that she can make Ek Villain’s second part. Rohit Shetty, without any hesitation, agreed. And that’s how Mohit Suri directed the story but with Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms and T-Series, and it was called Ek Villain Returns.
Interestingly, Ekta Kapoor recently spoke about this episode in a press interaction when asked if Ek Villain Returns is copied from a Korean film, as alleged by a self-styled critic. Speaking highly of Rohit, she said that when she asked him for Ek Villain Returns’ script, he “very sweetly, like good brothers do, gave me the script back and said that's yours.”
As for Kanika Dhillon, she has written additional dialogues in the sequel. Hence, she got a mention under ‘Special Thanks’.
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