Story of a film is its first Hero, and movies in which this first hero is strong; they are a winner. Drishyam is one such movie. It has a very good and story line, which will grasp your every thought and make you wonder; what will happen next.
This is a story where you know the crime; you know the person who has committed it; you know the victim; you know everything except what will happen next. Is it possible to cover a crime so cleverly? That too by a person who can hardly be considered a literate? Moreover, hide a crime co efficiently that a hard-hitting IG of Police couldn’t bring the culprit to justice?
But, wait. Did I say story is Hero here? But this story is taken/inspired from someone else. Drishyam, 2015 Hindi Movie is based on 2013, Mohanlal starer, Malyalam movie, with the same name.
Wait, that’s not all.
Even that story is inspired by a 2005 Novel by Keigo Higashino, named ‘The Devotion Of Suspect X‘.
Great. So this novel was the real hero.
Leaving all the inspiration behind, Drishyam, 2015 movie is directed by Nishikant kamat; and stars Ajay Devgan and Tabu in the lead roles. Shriya Saran and Rajat Kapoor plays important supporting cast.
I don’t want to reveal much of the story, just that Ajay Devgan who was living peacefully with his wife Shriya and two girls; falls into a crime trap to protect his family; while Tabu is the one who is fighting to bring justice to the killers of his only son. She is a mother who has lost his kid and don’t even know how or why; and she is the IG of Police who has to uncover the mystery of this crime.
Both the lead actors, Ajay and Tabu has performed excellently. Tabu is always a treat to watch and Ajay puts fiery depth in his roles where he has to show more from his eyes and not his muscles.
There are although some silly little-little moments which make you just say, ‘why did you just ruin this movie’?
Ajay Devgan is shown as a calm and composed person, throughout the movie. Problem is one fine day you come to your home and see your family has killed a young boy, and still you are calm. That is too much. There was no change of expression. No fear in Ajay’s eyes. He started plotting to cover the crime from the very moment he see it.
Tabu is introduced as a tough Police woman till she realize that her only son might be dead. Understandable, she is a mother who has lost her son, and she shows that emotion beautifully. Problem is she never comes back. From there on she is just shown clinging to her husband Rajat Kapoor. Even when she is interrogating Ajay’s family, and almost beating them to death; she is not that fiery self. She didn’t lose control even when she came to know for sure that her son is murdered by the person standing right in front of her.
What I missed was some face to face conflict between Ajay and Tabu. This kind of never happened. She never confronts Ajay directly much. She did plead to his wife, relating to her as a mother. This was weak and doesn’t go well with her character. Overall it felt like that screenplay writer forgot that they wanted Tabu’s character to be a strong and tough woman.
It was a good movie to watch. Afterall you rarely see this kind of fast paced thrillers in Indian cinema. My opinion – do watch it, but if you have watched Mohanlal starer, Drishyam, than give this one a break.