(Vijay Salgaonkar), Shriya Saran (Nandini Vijay Salgaonkar), Tabu (IG Meera
Deshmukh), Rajat Kapoor (Mahesh, Meera’s husband), Ishita Dutta (Anju, Vijay’s
daughter), Mrinal Jadhav (Anu, Vijay’s daughter), Kamlesh Sawant (Inspector
Gaitonde), Prathamesh Parab
Company: Panorama Studios
successful Malayalam film and Mohanlal Starrer (2013) by the same name. Drishyam in Malayalam had done huge amount of
business at box office. It has already been remade in Kannada (Drishya in
2014), Telugu (Drushyam in 2014), and very recently in Tamil (Papanasam in
2015). The remakes were very well appreciated and received by the audience. So,
now, it is the turn of Drishyam in Hindi.
team has 10 national award winners coming together: Ajay Devgn (Zakhm, The
Legend of Bhagat Singh), Tabu (Chandni Baar, Machis), Gulzar, Vishal Bhardwaj
(Haider, Ishqiya, Omkara, The Blue Umbrella, Godmother), Director Nishikant
Kamat (Best Feature Film in Marathi – Dombivali Fast), Cinematographer Avinash
Arun (Killa – Best Marathi Film 2014), Editor Aarif Shaikh (Best Editor –
Samay: When Time Strikes’), Viacom 18 Motion Pictures (Best Popular Film
providing wholesome entertainment – Mary Kom and Best Hindi Film and Queen),
Producers Kumar Mangat Patahk and Abhishek Pathak (Boond).
very special for me, since, it has come full circle for me as a blogger. I
started my movie reviews’ blog with the review of Malayalam Drishyam on 1st
January, 2014 and here I am reviewing its official remake in Hindi on 1st
August, 2015, exactly after 19 months of my blogging journey.
with the punch line: “Visuals can be deceptive”. Indeed it turns out to be so. What we see
could be absolutely deceiving. This film does not deal with the ‘right / wrong’.
It neither promotes the ‘right’ nor condemns the ‘wrong’. No justification is
given through the screenplay. The film depicts what one could do in a particular
crisis. Especially, when it comes to one’s family, he / she can turn out to be
very protective and go to any extent to save his / her family. Drishyam has to
be watched not with the lens of wisdom, but with the lens of it being a piece
of art, which showcases the journey of a head of a family who protects his
family by all means.
credits, we get to see a new Police officer taking charge in a Police Station,
where Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) is waiting. Flash back takes us to the
events which led Vijay to be sitting in the Police Station. The story is set up
in Goa and is about a Marathi family. Vijay is a local businessman, running his
cable company. At many occasions, during the movie, his journey as a self-made
man is reiterated. He is an orphan and a 4th class fail.
be part of a happy family with Nandini (Shriya Saran) as his wife and two
daughters Anju (Ishita Dutta) and Anu (Mrinal
Jadhav). Although it does appear to be strange that most of the nights Vijay is
hooked on to movies at office. Vijay is also a great movie buff and he
keenly watches various movies and also rationalizes the scenes. He emotes watching movies. Some very light moments are
shown in his family, where he acts stingy and wife demands shopping, movie,
eating at a restaurant etc. I just wished these family moments could have been
made more engaging rather than limiting its portrayal through a song. These
moments were very slow.
frames is Inspector Gaitonde (Kamlesh Sawant), with whom, Vijay ends up having
verbal tiffs most of the time. Inspector Gaitonde becomes an integral part of
the whole plot.
assistant, who takes care of the day-to-day cable network activities and
event hits them. This event sees the entry of IG Meera Deshmukh (Tabu) and her
husband Mahesh Deshmukh (Rajat Kapoor) in the scene. Situations take such a
turn where Vijay finds himself opposite to Meera and in the shackles of law.
You are definitely going to get completely engaged and absorbed in the twist of
events that begin to unfold in the second half. It is all about how Vijay and
his family stand together, and despite the vengeful villainy of Inspector
Gaitonde and the law taking its own course. Drama follows. Meera, who initially
underestimates the uneducated 4th standard failed Vijay, later understands
that Vijay is too smart. The psychological cat-and-mouse game that ensues between
Vijay and Meera has several moments which you are going to enjoy. Mahesh, although in a brief role, brings a lot
of balance to the situations with his very objective outlook even during the
trouble? How they find themselves in the clutches of law? What is the thread
which connects Meera and Mahesh to this event? How do the story move further,
and the events unfold? Will Vijay and his family’s lives be same ever again? Who
is right: Vijay and his family or Meera & Mahesh? The climax is the high
point of this movie, which is absolutely unpredictable. Watch it out yourself.
between the Original and the Hindi Remake
draw the parallels between the original and the remake. Mohanlal could bring so
much depth and spontaneity to his character of Georgekutty in Malayalam. I
remember watching Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam Drishyam with bated breath, never
wanting to miss a moment of the film on screen. This gripping tale had left me
spellbound with its skillful craft.
Drishyam misses the punch. The first half is very slow as well as shallow. The
movie definitely picks up in the second half. Ajay Devgn is such a great actor
and generally he is able to bring so much intensity to the character he plays, but
somewhere his real intensity hasn’t come out optimally. Ajay Devgn has interpreted Vijay in his manner than
the original. He has underplayed himself, was it the need of the script? His
intensity does come out in the second half, still, I would like to say that we
have seen more intense Ajay in other movies viz. Zakham, Gangajal, Once Upon a
Time in Mumbai etc.
could not decipher is that characters played by Ajay, Shriya, and their kids –
Ishita and Mrinal all have been given a very submissive tone of communication
even during happy times. In the original version, the whole family was full of
life in the first half, banter between Mohanlal and his leading lady Meena was
really interesting. The stingy behaviour of Georgekutty and demanding nature of
his wife Rani generated lot of lighter sub plots in the original. Also, lots of
hilarious moments were there between Mohanlal and his assistant in office. Mohanlal’s
playfulness is missing in this version of Ajay Devgn. Shriya Saran’s portrayal of Nandini lacked
depth. Shriya definitely is looking very pretty on screen, but there is nothing
more than this.
strongest in this Hindi version is Tabu and her portrayal of Meera Deshmukh.
She is so convincing. Rajat Kapoor has a very small supportive role but he does
add lot of value to the film with his sheer presence. Also, Kamlesh
Sawant does a wonderful work.
Hindi Drishyam has immense scope of improvement. Having said this, I feel, for
all those viewers, who have not watched the original or any other South Indian
version, Drishyam must be watched for its interesting gripping storyline and especially
for the 2nd half.
starrer Malayalam film Drishyam), will not disappoint you with its extremely
gripping storyline unraveling with twists & turns in the 2nd
half, and also the very climax. My rating for this movie goes as 3 mainly because
I did comparison with the original version. Am sure, in case, you are first
time watchers and have not watched the original, you might be able to rate higher.