Drishyam 2 Cast: Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna, Tabu, Shriya Saran, Rajat Kapoor, Ishita Dutta, Mrunal Jadhav, Kamlesh Sawant
Drishyam 2 director: Abhishek Pathak
Drishyam 2 movie rating: 3 stars
Bollywood isn’t really known for churning out suspense and suspense films, and certainly not for keeping steam on sequels. But, like Drishyam in 2015, Drishyam 2 lulls you with its unassuming settings, simple characters, human cops, and a family caught up in events beyond its control, until you get home from its lesson a second time – it doesn’t matter what’s in front of you; What matters is what you see.
What does the world see when it looks at it? Vijay Salgonkar (Ajay Devgn)? A family man and father of two, who runs a local cable service and has an obsessive love for movies, or just a “chauthi (class 4) fail”, illiterate man it doesn’t matter. It was certainly the latter that overshadowed Goa’s IGP, Mira Deshmukh (Tabu), last time out, causing her to lose the battle of wits with Salgaonkar.
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Drishyam 2 Very subtly picks up where these two main protagonists, both fierce parents, left off in Drishyam. The story is again by Geethu Joseph, who also directed both Malayalam versions. With the death of Nishikant Kamat, who directed the Bollywood remake of Drishyam, the reins of Drishyam 2 passed to Abhishek Pathak.
Almost all the characters from the first film appear again, and the sequel is enriched with it. It very much shows the aftermath of the past seven years – the salgaonkar in hiding the terrible secret of a murder; and the Deshmukhs who live knowing that the former got away with killing their only son, the wayward Sam. The only one who stands out is Shriya Saran, who plays Vijay’s wife with the same perfect hair and sari cropped, with unshaded eyes but for Kajal – despite the sleepless nights haunted by the murder she’s talking about though.
The words that spread here and there, the nervousness that couldn’t be swept away, the stray talk of the town that wouldn’t be silenced, the doubts that followed the Salgaonkars, the two-and-two witnesses of that fateful night, every inch till Sam’s body, which remained unsound last time.
So, as the evidence points irrevocably to his family, what will Vijay, who keeps repeating that he can do everything and anything for them, do now?
The plan turns out to be as complex and unexpected as it was in Drishyam. However, in its execution, it was not smooth sailing, requiring an incredible breach of basic protocols by the police, which would lead any competent judge to throw out the case, as well as a series of people who are extremely naive about Vijay. The remarkable change in his fortunes adds a whiff of notoriety to him now.
Perhaps the weakest link is Akshaye Khanna, as IG’s new Taron. While Tabu brought moral authority, steely fortitude and heightened helplessness to her role in Drishyam, as a stern chief of police who is also a desperate mother, Khanna was all sarcastic lines, glowing eyes and exaggerated mannerisms, with little at stake. Tarun is built as the genius cop who spends a lot of time playing chess boards in the company, but in reality he only comes close to solving the case due to an unexpected stroke of luck.
Tabu and Kapoor, as her businessman husband Mahesh Deshmukh, return as grieving parents. Their roles are limited, but whenever she is there, watching, waiting, amazed, bearing the pain in the lines of her tired face, Tabu once again owns this movie.
Constable Mira did not see what was before her. But as Vijay concedes, when it comes to mother Meera, it’s hard to meet her eyes.
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