Genre: Thriller, Drama
Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Sharan
Star Rating: 2.5/5
Drishyam Movie Review
The latest release of director Nishikant Kamat is a Hindi adaptation of the Malayalam film directed by Jeethu Joseph with the same name. Until now, the original flick has been re-defined in four languages. One thing is common to all, the plot has not been altered in any of the adaptations except the actors. The storyline remains the same from the opening shot to climax.
Kamat stuck to the original screenplay and story, thus made only the negligible changes in his latest venture. Joseph directorial original, ‘Drishyam‘, has been reported to have taken ideas from the much critically acclaimed novel “The Devotion of Suspect X” written by Keigo Higashino. The Malayalam version has been very strongly written, i.e., it is powerful in every aspect whether it is the story or the screenplay. Thus, making huge changes to it would be an act of stupidity which will tamper its well defined characters and film’s purpose.
The Kamat’s film has replaced Mohanlal as a chubby, middle-aged George Kutty to Ajay Devgn as a healthy, shirt wearing Vijay Salgaonkar. Additionally, the clean and green environment of Kerala is replaced by the same type of surroundings of Goa.
In the first 40 minutes of the film, Vijay is featured as an orphan who loves his family comprising of his wife and two daughters very much. He is a self-employed person who runs a small cable TV business in a village of Goa. He appears to be a very bossy person and a movie freak. He has been shown sipping tea until his family gets into a troublesome situation.
Vijay’s monotonic life gets shattered when he along with his family found linked to a case of a disappeared young boy. He realizes that has gone way far from repairable situation. Thus, he stands up to control the situation by any means and tries to protect his family from police IG Meera Deshmukh, played by Tabu. Meera is personally attached to this case.
Upendra Sidhayejots, the scriptwriter has tried and written the important plot as per the original script. He made a few alterations using his skills and experience to make it more interesting, but the opposite happened. His alterations made the storyline a little bit bland and weak.
On the other hand, the original script and screenplay, as said above, has all the right elements in the right quantity to make a common man fight against a harsh police behaviour. The story also arises the question that how the family should be protected and honored so that the story can be interpreted in the exact way which the author tries to make the audience understand. Joseph’s directorial has explained all the points clearly. He has made his film worth watching by adding humor and later on thrill at the right moment in the film.
The latest re-telling of the story lacks wordplay and witty conversation, which the original couple in the Malayalam film had. Devgn and Shriya as husband and wife has missed it. The feeling of a family being shaken from its roots is not correctly conveyed and displayed either.
Talking about the performances of star cast involved, then they have tried to the best of their skills. Devgn has appeared to be a stone-faced who looks exactly the same man whose family is going through a big crisis. Tabu has brought in the required arrogant and ruthless behavior required for the same role. While Saran has appeared as a scared wife. She wore tasteless clothes in it to look like a middle class married woman.
You will appreciate the Kamat’s work only if you haven’t already seen the original flick. In another case, it will feel a little bit tasteless.
What is your Drishyam movie review? How many stars would you like to give it out of five?