The Villain (2018 film)

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The Villain
Villain movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPrem
Written byMalavalli Saikrishna (Dialogues)
Screenplay byPrem
Produced byC. R. Manohar
StarringShiva Rajkumar
Amy Jackson
Mithun Chakraborty
Tilak Shekar
CinematographyGirish R. Gowda
Edited bySrinivas P. Babu
Music byArjun Janya
Distributed byJayaditya Films
Release date
  • 18 October 2018 (2018-10-18) (India)
Running time
175 minutes
Budget 45 crores[1]
Box office57 crores[2] to 60 crores[1]

The Villain is a 2018 Indian action thriller film written and directed by Prem and produced by C. R. Manohar. It stars Shiva Rajkumar, Sudeepa and Amy Jackson, while Saranya Ponvannan, Srikanth and Mithun Chakraborty play supporting roles. The score and soundtrack of the film were composed by Arjun Janya. The film was released on 18 October 2018.


The Villain revolves around Ramu, who is searching for someone where his mother's chain gets stolen by a chain-snatcher, who drops it somewhere during the chase. He meets a social activist Seetha, who is saved by Ramu when unknown goons arrive to kill her and finds his chain, but Seetha reveals it is her chain. When Ramu ask Seetha about the chain, she reveals about Kaizer-Ram, who is a crime boss in Dubai and she meets him in a drama, when he was travelling to Sri Lanka. Kaizer-Ram falls in love with Seetha and meet at a temple where he reveals that Kaizer and Ram are different persons and Kaizer is actually his best friend.

Later, Unknown assassins arrive to kill Ram, where one of them reveals that Kaizer intends to kill Ram to make the Police department believe that Kaizer-Ram is dead. Seetha reveals that though she has fallen for Ram, she reveals herself as ACP Brahmavar's daughter, who wants to capture Ram to restore Brahmavar's honour. Dejected and betrayed, Ram surrenders to the police and later escapes and ask Seetha to arrive at a highway where he is caught by Kaizer and leave in a car. Ram throws the chain and pendrive before getting into the car. The car explodes killing Ram and Kaizer. In the present, Ramu is taken to meet Kaizer where he reveals to Ramu that Ram escaped from the explosion and has now known as Raavana in UK's crime syndicate.

At UK, Ram kills UK's underworld boss Thomas, with his friend Alex's help. Ramu leaves for UK and kidnaps Alex from the police convoy where he calls Ram and they challenge one another and a cat-mouse game ensues where Alex is killed, before Ramu tortures him to reveal about Ram. Ram comes across Seetha, who is now a call girl, but is later revealed that she was sent by Ram. Later, Ramu reveals to Seetha that he is an orphan and meets Vishalavva, who is Ram's mother. Vishalavva reveals that Ram went missing when she and her husband Vishwanna had a fallout, who later dies due to heart stroke. Vishalavva request Ramu to find Ram.

Ramu, who considers Vishalavva as her mother promises her that he will find Rama. Ram learns Ramu's identity and decide to confront him in Bangalore, but the minister, who supported Ram double-crosses him. Ramu returns to Bangalore and leaves for his village but Kaizer, having learnt of Ramu's agenda sends his henchman to attack him. Ram saves Ramu, who double-crossed the minister by briving his bodyguards and had arrived in Bangalore. Kaizer later dies due to a stroke, by seeing Ram. Ram and Ramu defeat the goons where Ramu reveals that his mother Vishalavva is alive and has been waiting to see him.

Ram refuses as Vishalavva expected him to be upright like Lord Rama, but has become Raavana and request Ram to tell Vishalavva that he died but before leaving, Ramu ask Rama to show Vishalavva at least once. Ramu meets Vishalavva, who doesn't believe that Ram is dead. Ram, overcome by emotion meets Vishalavva and reunites with her, much to Ramu and Seetha's happiness.



Director Prem announced new film starring Shivaraj Rajkumar and Kichcha Sudeepa. The film is about a villager who dreams to become an actor. The film is produced by C. R. Manohar and they signed Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty in an important role that has been kept as a secret in the beginning, but the news was later leaked to the press.[3] The film was launched by then Karnataka's Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on 13 December 2015[4][5] and the first look was released in March 2017.[6] Before the release of the first look, the movie was titled as Kali taglined Ruler Warrior. But later was changed as The Villain taglined Ram Ravan due to some reasons. The film completed a schedule and was reported to have portions in England and two other foreign countries to be shot. By then, the film fetched 5.4 crore as Hindi rights. Actress Amy Jackson was signed as the female lead.[7][8] The song "Jeeva Hoovagide"[9] from Nee Nanna Gellalare composed by Ilaiyaraaja was shot with Shiva Rajkumar and Amy Jackson in replicated costumes of Rajkumar and Manjula from the original film in a schedule where entire talkie portions were shot, except few songs.[10][11] Later, filming the climax was completed on 1 February as per actor Sudeepa's tweet.[12]


The Villain
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAnand Audio
Arjun Janya chronology
Kannadakkaagi Ondannu Otti
The Villain
Ambi Ning Vayassaytho
Singles from The Villain
  1. "I am Villain"
    Released: 13 July 2018 (2018-07-13)
  2. "Tick Tick Tick"
    Released: 20 July 2018 (2018-07-20)

Arjun Janya was signed to compose music and background score for the movie.[13]

Track list
1."I am Villain"PremShankar Mahadevan4:31
2."Tick Tick Tick"PremVijay Prakash, Kailash Kher, Prem, Siddharth Basrur3:50
3."Love Aagoythe Nin Myale"PremPrem, Chorus4:35
4."Nodivalandava"PremArmaan Malik, Shreya Ghoshal4:11
5."Bolo Bolo Raamappa"PremVijay Prakash, Kushala and Chorus4:22
6."Rana Rana Raavana"PremPrem, Shreya Ghoshal3:13



The Villain was wide released on 18 October 2018.


Box office[edit]

The film opened on a very high note and collected exactly 20 crore on day 1 .[1]But couldn't maintain the same momentum and collections fell for 85% on day 2 and 91% on day 3 and the first weekend collection was reported to be around 60 crores .[1]


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  2. ^ "Top 8 highest-grossing Kannada movies of all time". Archived from the original on 2 November 2021.
  3. ^ Prasad S, Shyam (4 May 2017). "Mithun makes Kannada debut". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 13 May 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  4. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (1 April 2017). "Sudeep-Shivaraj Kumar's The Villain first look posters take the fans by a storm". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 9 May 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  5. ^ Sharadhaa, A (2 August 2016). "Prem's choice for the villain may be Tamannaah". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  6. ^ "The Villain first look revealed". The Times of India. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  7. ^ Sharadhaa, A (17 May 2017). "Amy Jackson comes to the villain". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  8. ^ Srivatsan (17 May 2017). "The Villain: Amy Jackson to star opposite Shivrajkumar, Kichcha Sudeep". India Today. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Jeeva Hoovagide – Nee Nanna Gellalaare – Kannnada Hit Songs". YouTube. Archived from the original on 20 June 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Nee Nanna Gellarare song for The Villain". Indiaglitz. 3 February 2018. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  11. ^ Sharadhaa, A (28 January 2018). "Prem sets in nostalgic mood for The Villain". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  12. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (2 February 2018). "Sudeep wraps up the climax sequence of The Villain, release likely in April or May". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Filmibeat on The Villain movie crew" "The villain Cast & Crew, the villain Kannada Movie Cast, actor, actress, director". Archived from the original on 18 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.

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