By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Director: Nishikant Kamat
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Shriya Saran
Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
Rating: (4 / 5)
Drishyam Movie Review
Well, Drishyam has landed and Ajay Devgn’s fan following takes a sigh of relief, as they can now watch the movie. The film, from the word go, is a whodunit venture that captures the attention from the first frame till the last one. This is called the brilliance of the narrative and the masterly executed direction of the director. The film has been in news, but unfortunately it could not have been promoted well. This will surely affect the film’s business at the box office.
Drishyam is a remake of a Malayalam movie by the same name. This film was then made in other south languages such as Kannada, Telugu and Tamil. Now it has been churned out in Hindi language fetching on board the likes of Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Shriya Saran in main leads. Nishikant Kamat directs it.
The film begins with Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) sitting at a police station in Goa. From there on, the film starts showing the flashbacks presenting the situations, which led the Vijay into this present situation. Vijay is a fourth standard failed businessman who is hardworking and runs a cable TV business. He has a small family consisting of his better half Nandani (Shriya Saran), a teenage daughter and a younger daughter. All goes well with the family till a day when his elder daughter (Ishita Dutta) stumbles upon Sam in a school camp. He keeps harassing her and does not take her warnings seriously. He even plants a hidden camera into the bathroom she uses. He now wants a sexual favor from her in return of deleting the MMS. When her mother Nandani intervenes, Sam even asks her for the sexual favor. Vijay’s daughter takes a rod into her hands and hits him in anger and helplessness. He falls on the ground and the two escapes from the scene. When they come to know that Sam is the only son of IG Meera Deshmukh (Tabu), they become more frightened. They then narrate the whole story to Vijay, who then hatches a plan to hide the crime and be safe from the police. What happens then is what forms the rest of the story?
Jitu Joseph deserves applauds for the brilliant writing, which is simply flawless. Although these kinds of thrillers haven previously been watches on Hindi film screen, but the novel thing about Drishyam is that this thriller is not about finding the culprit rather it is about hiding the crime. Nishikant Kamat does his job of direction supremely by engaging the viewers from the opening frame till the last. Viewer cannot take his eyes off the screen. Editing is crispy. Cinematography is superb. Although thrillers do not require music, but Vishal Bhardwaj’s music with Gluzar’s lyrics make a good hearing of the songs.
As for the performances, Ajay Devgn and Tabu stand tall among all. Ajay Devgn delivers his act with flawless efforts and brilliance. His expressions and helplessness steal the hearts. He is simply a powerhouse of acting. Tabu shows that no one except her could do this role. Shriya Saran is awesome. Ishita Dutta is a class to watch. Others too do full justice to their roles.
On the whole, Drishyam is a MUST-WATCH. The film is simply classy with flawless script, luminous direction and power-packed performances.
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