By:- Aakruti Bagla
Director:- Abhishek Pathak
Cast:- Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta, Rajat Kapoor
Duration:- 144 minutes
The secret of IG Meera Deshmukh, Sameer Deshmukh’s dead body is still buried in the heart of Vijay Salgaonkar. Six years later, the police team, along with new IG Tarun Ahlawat(Akshaye Khanna) find a clue that wreaks havoc in Vijay’s life yet again and he is forced to record a confession. Will he blurt out the truth or be successful in protecting himself and his family yet again? The answer to the question lies in the sequel of Drishyam i.e. Drishyam 2.
Ajay Devgn and Tabu starrer Drishyam have undoubtedly left an indelible mark. The one who has watched Part 1 is eagerly anticipating Part 2, and why not?
Drishyam 2 is a remake of the popular Malayalam film of the same name. So before I dive into the review, I have to confess, I did not watch the original film.
Talking about Drishyam 2, it continues from where the first part ended.
Like Drishyam, the second part starts as a family drama as well. Vijay, Nandini and their two daughters are still going through the trauma of dealing with police brutality and the murder of Sameer. Every time a police vehicle crosses their house, it rattles them. Later, IG Meera gets some shreds of evidence that point to the Salvaonkar family and takes them into custody yet again. What is the outcome of the investigation yet again? This is what forms the crux of Drishyam 2.
Not all sequels are bad but also, but not the majority of them can create the same impact as that of its first instalment. Writer Jeetu Joseph must get credit to retain the gripping impact that the first part had created and crafted a brilliant suspense thriller while taking the story forward. Director Abhishek Pathak has done total justice to the film’s script and his direction is spot-on. But a strong script like this needs impactful dialogues to keep the audience invested. Undoubtedly, Drishyam 2 has the right amount of word power and even the dash of humour in some places does not seem forced.
The first half, which mainly narrates the present life of Vijay and his family, unfolds at a slow pace. Even though some of the scenes looked unnecessary initially, all of them made sense in the end.
Things take a different turn at the beginning of the second half, and we are in for a bunch of surprises. The final 30 minutes are applause-worthy.
Talking about other technical aspects, cinematographer Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary makes sure to keep the frames dark side to add the right amount of tension as the drama unfolds.
When a film is of a thriller genre, its editing becomes one of the key factors that can make or break the film. In the case of DRISHYAM 2, Sandeep Francis keeps the film edgy.
Speaking of music, the songs are forgettable. But the background score by Devi Sri Prasad is rousing and elevates impact.
As far as the film’s performances are concerned, it is needless to say that the film belongs totally to Ajay Devgn, Tabu, and Akshaye Khanna. In fact, each time the actors are together on screen, their exchanges are quite powerful. It’s also their arresting screen presence that makes the film worth watching. Apart from them, other actors like Shriya Saran, Rajat Kapoor, Ishita Dutta and Mrinal Jadhav too deliver an excellent performance.
To summarize, Drishyam 2 is a perfect sequel that keeps you hooked and on the edge of your seat, minus the first half. Overall, it’s gripping, thrilling and riveting delivering an unforgettable experience.