Drishyam-Review (Hindi Remake)

I rarely watch films in theatres because of my life commitments and therefore which ever film I do watch, I expect the star cast and the writers to keep me hooked. High expectations, one may say; however I’d rather use my time wisely, instead of wasting it on films which could be watched on the telly in a couple of weeks. Drishyam wasn’t one of those that should be watched on TV.

The film does not have beautiful cinematography which enhances the story. Nor does it need surround sound. It is a film about how cinema influences a man’s mind. You have to watch it to understand how a 4 standard pass student (Ajay) is able to devise a plan that leaves the police force pulling their hair out. The story revolves around the disappearance of a young boy Sam whose parents (Tabu and Rajat Kapoor) happen to be in the police force. And, how Ajay Devang’s family in particular is being blamed for the boy’s disappearance. The star cast is brilliant. I am not just talking about Ajay Devgn or Tabu. The smallest of characters have been chosen keeping in mind the details of the film. Ajay Devang has grown in leaps and bounds from the earlier characters he potrayed and Tabu as an actress is flawless.

The story doesn’t move in a typical suspense format. The story flows smoothly explaining the background of where Ajay works, what his values are, how he manages his life vs his work. The first half of the movie does tend to drag, but towards the end you realize that the essence of the story is in the detailing of the man that the writer wants to portray. The second part deals with Ajay Devgn trying to convince or failing to convince the police of his innocence. By now the audience is already on his side and you can hear the chuckles erupt when the police are not able to break his plan. You see the unity of the family that has been accused. You see the brutality of the police and even their soft corners. At the end of the film the audience is torn between the turmoil of the parents of the missing boy and the family that has been accused, which is trying to protect themselves.

All in all, the entire movie does leave an impression on the mind. One dialogue in particular kept me thinking: that not all things that are expensive (reference to a good school for his child) are good, if a man wants to learn he will learn even in a small school.

While driving back home I felt the movie would have been a fantastic novel to read. The kind that you want to keep reading and never put it down until it’s over. Rarely do we come across such a good story, so kudos to the writer Upendra Sidhaye (Hindi) and Jeetu Joseph (Malayam original writer) and to the director Nishikant Kamat for bringing this story to life.

~K

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