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Drishyam is a based on Rakhi Sawant's Jo Dhikta Hai Wo Bikta Hai modicum...though in the case of the police there is also some truth in the Jo Pit-ta Hai Wo Bhi Bikta Hai. The audience , chor, police all are in on the ruse--it is just an elaborate cat and mouse chase of Who Blinks First. Or in the case of the hapless suspects who are being beaten up mercilessly by the boots, who flinches first.
Drishyam makes you uncomfortable about a number of things in the rotten state of Denmark, samjho India. Problematic notions of honour where a breach of privacy clearly on the sly will have families and larki ka future over , a grown woman falling at an obnoxious teen's feet where a tightly delivered slap or a call to the parents would set his hormones in order. There are villains, and then there are villains drawn so evil so as to make your misdemeanours (though murder even inadvertent is more than that) seem like a minor transgression.
And the cruelest cut of all--not allowing Tabu free reign with her character so we could have a Really Awesome Villain. Tabu shifts between scenes where she kills with a flicker of her eyelashes and ones where Insipid (and Civilian!) Husband has to shush her and her colleagues down. Excuse me! Inquiry in Place?
So a saccharine sweet family living in God's Little Heaven discovers a serpent in their paradise and lets see how they cover it up. Drishyam is one amongst other covers of an "original" story that borrows from a stellar Japanese thriller; all the while when the rights to the "official" cover lie elsewhere--and this is only half of the meta. So much meta. Hai Mata!
It Is All In The Visuals declares IG Meera (Tabu) and it is up to Vijay (Ajay Devgan) to play with perceptions and what is the truth. Jo Dhikta Hai Wohi Bikna Chahiye.
Sadly Ajay makes for such a sour puss, and Saran for such a Star Plus bahu missus I just dont want to watch.