Our Hindi cinema is mainly dominated by romantic, action, dramatic and comedy films. Though, the cinema loving audience loves all sorts of genres, especially the thriller genre. Despite of having variety of film makers right from Vijay Anand to Abbas Mustan, this genre has a very small sect of notable films. Most of these films are, 'Who done it?' type of murder mysteries, thus restricting them for repetitive audiences. Along with these films, there are a few crime based thrillers where the filmmakers try to narrate the happenings in a chain format. Films like 'Chor Chor', 'Jhonny Gaddar', 'Manorama Six Feet Under', 'The Perfect Murder' and few such films are perfect examples of this genre of crime based thrillers. The latest to join this niche group is Ajay Devgn-Tabu starrer film 'Drishyam', which is an official remake of the Malyalam film with the same name, starring Mohanlal in the lead role. The Malayalam film is considered among a must watch films from our country and was remade in Tamil as 'Papanasam' starring Kamal Hassan in the lead role. Thus, let's find out whether Ajay and his team will manage to do justice to this unique thriller or might end up being a weak remake which works only due to its powerful content attached to it.Story
'Drishyam' is a story of Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn), who runs a cable network in a small village of Goa and lives with his wife Nandini (Shriya Saran) and two daughters (Ishita Dutta & Mrinal Jadhav). Their peaceful world turns upside down as the son of IG Meera Deshmukh (Tabu) goes missing and a local inspector Gaitonde (Kamlesh Sawant) starts suspecting Vijay's involvement in this case. What happens next it what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story by Jeethu Joseph as mentioned earlier, is an adaptation of the Malyalam film and has been neatly placed as per the requirement of a Hindi film. The movie starts on a dull note with minimal happenings in the initial part of the film, but as the movie progresses towards the interval part, it gains its non-stop momentum in the whole second half of the film. The movie moves with a jet speed in the second half with back to back twists and dramatic moments. The family part in the initial phase of the film fails to grab your interest, but, the thriller and dramatic part compensates everything and keeps you nail biting throughout. Scenes like Ajay Devgn's tiff with Kamlesh Sawant in the restaurant, Ajay hiding the evidences, Kamlesh Sawant suspecting Ajay Devgn, Ishita Dutta's statement in her school, Ajay giving account of his expenses, video interrogation of Ajay and his family, Tabu interrogating the witnesses, Tabu-Rajat Kapoor chat followed by knowing of the real facts, Kamlesh Sawant hitting Ajay and his family, climax part and many more keeps you entangled in the film. The cinematography and locations of these parts of Goa are visually appealing. Editing should have been bit scrict in the initial part of the film.Music & Direction:
Music and thriller are totally contrasting to each other, yet 'Carbon Copy' and 'Dum Ghuttata Hai' does not dilute the flow of the film. The background music does full justice to the theme of the film.
Director Nishikant Kamat after giving us a realistic film like 'Mumbai Meri Jaan' and an action potboiler like 'Force', now ventures into the tough genre of crime thrillers and succeeds in doing proper justice to it.He could have presented the film in an artistic manner, but thanks to his expertise, he presents it in a total entertaining manner which will be loved by classes and the masses.Performances:
It is a relief to see Ajay Devgn back into intense films after having an overdose of his action potboilers. Ajay has given some fantastic intense films in past and 'Drishyam' adds on to the elite list of these memorable films. He removes the 'Singham' skin and slides easily into the skin of a common man and displays a hard hitting performance. It would be naive to compare his work to the ace performances of great actors like Mohanlal or Kamal Hassan, but on an overall basis, Ajay shines out on his own. Tabu is brilliant in her part and displays her emotional and tough side of the character with such an ease. It's hard to take your eyes from this great personality. Kamlesh Sawant is outstanding in his role of Inspector Gaitonde. The audience will love as well as hate his character, as he displays his versatility as an actor. Shriya Sharan looks good, but fails to match up to the intensity of other actors. Rajat Kapoor, Prathamesh Parab, Ishitta Dutta and Mrinal Jadhav lend good support.So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well, the movie has lots of dum as it has some brilliant performances, gripping screenplay and a neat direction. As they say, good things come to all those who wait and in the case of 'Drishyam',you will have to wait through the initial snail paced part and once you pass this phase you will be rewarded with a relishing brain twister which is a must watch for all those who love good cinema.Rating - 4/5