The film will release in theatres this Friday. Here's BollywoodLife's review!
What's it about:
A remake of the 2013 Malayalam release of the same name, Drishyam stars Ajay Devgn as Vijay a righteous family man living in Goa. Vijay runs a cable TV business and believes in always supporting the truth. His honest nature often gets him in trouble with a local cop for whom corruption is just a way of life. Shriya Saran plays his doting wife who has two daughters and is meek and timid by nature. Circumstances change against their family when Inspector General Meera Deshmukh's (Tabu) son Sam happens to meet Vijay's eldest daughter during a school picnic and things take turn for the bad. A freak accident involving him lands the family in a soup where Deshmukh and her army of cops are in a raging battle to convict Vijay and his family of being responsible for her sons mysterious disappearance. Will Vijay be able to save his family or will he crumble under the pressure ? Drishyam is a tight thriller that has a very solid second half and an engaging climax.
Nishikant Kamat keeps the premise simple. There are no gimmicks and tricks used beside the script and the terrific ensemble cast of Ajay and Tabu. It is a performance heavy film and Ajay makes sure he goes for the kill in every scene. As Vijay he is not only believable but also immensely likeable. His patience and ability to put his family first before his own self makes you root for him till the very end. The second half is when the story picks up, thanks to Tabu who gives an electrifying performance as IG Meera Deshmukh. Her entry sequence has more drama than the entire film put together. She makes you hate Meera, but also empathise with her for the situation she is in. Her scenes with Ajay are the best. They both perform a lot with them eyes and that piercing gaze.
The first half is weak. There isn't much that happens early on. A lot of time is spent establishing how close knit the family is and showcasing their love for each other. A song pops up somewhere in the middle. Shriya Saran doesn't live up to her role and goes over the top in a few scenes. Also Kamat seems to have a fetish for slow-mo, each time he wants to create drama, he amps up the background score and makes Tabu walk in slow motion. The pace slackens a bit before the climax and a lot of time is spent on giving us some close frames of Ajay's face without serving any purpose.
What to do:
Drishyam is worth a watch. It has a strong engaging second half that will have you on the edge of your seat. Watch it for some terrific performances from Ajay and Tabu.
3.0 out of 5
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