Ever since the movie ‘Drishyam’ was announced, Polly got excited. Polly saw the movie and she just can’t stop sharing her reviews with us! Stunning, gripping, edge-of-the-seat, shocking, engrossing… use any of these adjectives for this Ajay Devgn version of Drishyam, and you are spot on says Polly!
Drishyam is in a perpetual loop of rise and fall which is directed by Nishikanth Kamat. The film offers promising elements. Director Nishikant Kamat’s tale of a common man’s dilemma, courage and deceit is the film that will reinstate your faith in the suspense genre. If Kahaani was the last memorable mainstream Hindi suspense thriller you watched, then Drishyam will be a grand new entry to that list.
The film is set in the Goan countryside where Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) lives with his wife Nandini (Shriya Saran) and daughters Anju (Ishita Dutta) and Anu (Mrinal). A school dropout, Vijay runs a cable business and is a hardcore film buff. A simpleton, films and TV shows are his reference to the world of educated people, but he’s not apologetic about it.
Everyone loves Vijay because he’s the quintessential family man. Even his assistant and the local tea stall owner adore him for his sheer niceness. The only person who has a bone to pick with him is the corrupt cop Gaitonde (Kamlesh Sawant), because Vijay has a tendency to belittle Gaitonde for his corrupt ways. So when a freak murder takes place and Vijay seems to be involved, Gaitonde takes it upon himself to put Vijay behind bars. The central premise is borrowed from The Devotion of Suspect X, in terms of the actual murder and a lot of the reasoning behind Vijay’s actions.
Vijay’s world is turned upside down when the only son of IG Meera Deshmukh (Tabu) goes missing and he’s made the prime suspect in the case. This is the point where Drishyam takes off and sets the tone for a gripping cat and mouse game between the system and a technically illiterate villager. And all through the struggle, you are not sure who’ll win in the end. And Polly says that is where this film scores.
Tabu holds her own as a top-notch police officer. The film’s 163-minute length restricts the actors from rushing into overblown emotional scenes. Rajat Kapoor also makes his presence felt as an urbane businessman. Shriya Saran and other supporting cast are also satisfactory, but one character whose piercing eyes and proverbial ruthlessness will haunt you for days is police officer Gaitonde.
Gulzar’s lyrics open the film and Vishal Bhardwaj’s music keeps haunting you till the end credits roll, ensuring Drishyam’s spot in top Hindi suspense films of all time.
After watching the film Polly feels that It’s a multi-layered story that’s not confined to just one household. It could be anybody’s story and that is what makes the film beautiful.