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When the same film gets remade in a third language with a prominent star cast, there is something very appealing about the film for sure. In this case, Drishyam's biggest strength is its ability to twist the situation and play psychologically with the characters. Here's a murder mystery that will thrill you and not make you cringe.
A 4th grade failure-orphan, Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) is happy man with his wife, Nandini (Shriya Saran) and two daughters. Vijay runs a cable network in his town in Goa and earns enough to provide his family. But is a movie buff enough, to stay away from his family all night watching every movie available. Vijay is also a favorite in his village all thanks to his goodness and simplicity. Despite their subtle differences, Vijay and his family are happy with their life and each other's company.
The plot of the film begins when the 'no non-sense' IG, Meera Deshmukh's (Tabu) only son goes missing. Meera and her businessman husband, Mahesh (Rajat Kapoor) get the Goa Police on their toes in an attempt to find their son. In the wake of the case, Vijay Salgaonkar and his family get targeted and accused for the disappearance of the young boy.
How will Vijay's family face the oppression of power?
Drishyam is a thoroughly gripping film, which hooks you to the edge of your seat throughout the second half of the film. The writing of the film is extremely slick and daunting. You just won't cease to be amazed with the execution! Basically, it's the writing and the direction that play the soul of the film.
Tabu excels yet again- both as a strict, uniformed officer and as a loving mother. She dominates the scene each time with her stellar performance. Ajay Devgn surprises you with that non-heroic simpleton avatar. Yet, the 'Singham Buddhi' or the street smartness that he showcases makes you want to hoot and whistle. Shriya Saran and Rajat Kapoor deliver amazing support to the heavyweight performances. The level of smooth and subtle scenes without over dramatization or loudness makes this a major win-win situation.
All of this, with Vishal Bharadwaj-Gulzar Sahab's songs add the perfect mood to this layered murder mystery. The music beautifully blends with the background adding more emotion and elan to it. Avinash Arun's cinematography and Aarif Sheikh's editing gives the film a superlative finishing quality.
Now I haven't watched the original (Malayalam) version of the film to compare, but of what I saw, the Hindi remake of Drishyam is a complete package of thrill, excitement and entertainment. The film stands true to the word-'Visuals are deceptive'.
For my love of murder mysteries and thrillers, I'd strongly recommend that you watch Drishyam! This film above all highlights the power of writing.
Drishyam is a definite treat that deserves to be enjoyed with lots of popcorn (instead of biting nails)