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Drishyam Movie Review : A Typical Masala Thriller Without Any Thrill in It

Drishyam movie review

This Friday, we have a solo release, which comes in the form of Drishyam, which is a thriller drama movie. It is directed by Nishikant Kamat, which features Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Shriya Saran in the lead roles. The film is produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and slew of other people under the banner of Panorama Studios. The film is basically a remake of a Malayalam movie with the same title, was directed by Jeethu Joseph along with Meena and Mohanlal. The trailer of the film released on 4th June received a good response, which helped to create a buzz for the film before its release on 31st of July 2015. Now, time to take a plunge in the film to get the crux of the same.

Story/Plot

Meet Vijay Salgaonkar played by Ajay Devgn, who runs his own cable TV network in a small village close to Goa. He lives with his wife Nandini (played by Shriya Saran) and two daughters. Vijay despite being a 4th grade dropout, is a successful man and has achieved a decent lifestyle only due to his sheer hardwork and bit of luck. He is a simple man who is not the slave of his desires and hence has limited number of needs and means who believe in living a simple life. He has only one passion, films, which often bring him in cable office watching films in the whole night and allowing others to enjoy as well. Everything seems to go smooth when a teenage boy of IG Meera Deshmukh played by Tabu comes into picture. She is a no-nonsense officer apart from headstrong woman who finds Salgaonkar the prime suspect of her son’s missing. So, how the simple man is able to shield his family is interesting to catch and don’t forget to check the shocking but unexpected climax in the film.

Drishyam Script Review

The film starts on slow note, which showcases a typical Indian family. The head in the family is too much family centered; they enjoy simple life and things of their typical life. Hence, the slow pace was inevitable. However, as the film enters into the second half, it gains an incredible momentum witnessing an incredible chase between the cop and this family man. Therefore, with a slugging content and pace in the first half, the film is suddenly converted into a different format. Tabu is seen like wounded lioness, however, the man at the other side is smart enough to avert all her attacks into futile moves. This gives a nail biting finish. However, at one go the film seems gripping but on the other side, it sounds too slugging and more often disconnects the audience compelling to lose their interest and thus giving too many loo breaks. The only interesting element to consider is the unexpected and shocking climax, which makes things in control.

Star Performances

In a list of so many actors in the film, one actor who has turned the table towards the rest of them is Tabu. She gives incredible performance while playing the cop supreme of the state along with her investigation. In a sense, she at many times cornered Ajay Devgn with her power-packed performance. Ajay while playing the character of Vijay Salgaonkar seemed okay until you have Tabu entering into the scene. Once she enters, she simply overpowers Ajay to a great extent. The other lady Shriya Saran playing the character of the wife of Vijay seemed too simple to believe. In fact, she does not have much of screen space in the film, thus you have less time to judge her performance. In a sense, she seemed lost amidst the two lead stars of the film.

The director though tried hard to keep the film on the track, however, Ajay Devgn seems making a blunder, which in turn can make anyone blame the wrong star cast for the film. Ajay has tried to deliver the blend of both serious and a funny man, however, he has failed miserably. He should be blamed for the same instead of blaming the director after all, he has been in the industry since a couple of decades and he should know the art of molding things in a right way. He may apt for the masala movies of Rohit Shetty and not from the ones coming from serious directors for such characters. The other elements like music, locations, screenplay and other elements seemed okay, yet failed to help to add values of the film in a big way.

Drishyam Review : Last word

The movie is rich in terms of content, thanks to the originality it has tried to imbibe from the south Indian film, which has given the right to get a remake in Hindi. There is a serious problem with Ajay Devgn, who seemed struggling between the two serious and light roles in it. This has therefore made the film typical one minus the thrill element in it. The other elements too were seen meager over the silver screen. Above all Tabu with such an incredible performance was unable to save the film despite such a great performance for the film.

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