Drishyam – Movie Review

Visuals can be Deceptive

  


By Pawan G

Genre: Thriller   Recommended: General Audience   Released: 31 July 2015
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Tabu, Ishita Dutta
Directed by: Nishikant Kamat

Drishyam - Hindi movie review

A superb thrilling drama movie of an ordinary man who would go to any extent to safeguard his family.

After a brief scene at the Police Station, the story goes into flash-back. A small hilly town in Goa, Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) a straightforward Cable Operator, spares no words when he witnesses corruption around, to that extent that he takes on a local cop for demanding haftas (bribes).

A school dropout, Vijay has managed to come up the hard way,owns a decent home with a garden and leads a happy life with his doting wife (Shriya Sharan) and two daughters.

His wife is shown more of an upwardly mobile lady who aims of providing best school education to her daughters. Whereas Vijay is more of a down to earth, practical thinking (being an orphan himself) individual and thinks it is the education that counts, and not how much money one spends on the academics.

Taking care of his business, he stays back in his office often at nights, which gives him the opportunity to watch as many movies one would want to, which ‘literary’ makes him a movie buff.

Being a ’4th grade failed’, Vijay has gained street smartness working his way up and now the daily dose of ensemble films has enhanced his knowledge, smartness, wit and wisdom.

One day his elder daughter is selected by her school to go on a Nature trip which is attended by teenaged students from a whole lot of surrounding schools. One of the students is a brat, Sam who clandestinely clicks pictures of girls, is reprimanded by another girl whose mother is an ace lawyer. Yet Sam is in his own world.

Back from the trip Vijay’s daughter is confronted in the market by this boy Sam, who shows her the video clip taken by him while she is taking a bath. Sam blackmails her and now he expects favours from this girl.

Vijay, his wife and kids represent a quintessential happy middle class family who meets with an unusual traumatizing incident that jolts their being. What follows is Vijay Salgoankar’s fight to shield his family beyond the realms of life and death.

The plot centers around this mild-mannered 4th standard failed self-employed businessman (The Cable TV operator) who plans the perfect alibi for the people who mean the most in his life – his wife and two daughters. This despite the face that his daughter unexpectedly murders the boy, who incidentally happens to be the son of Inspector General of Police in Goa.

What ensues is a high level battle of wits, as Vijay Salgaonkar tries to protect his wife and daughters by outmaneuvering and outthinking IG Meera Deshmukh, who faces her most clever and determined opponent yet. Meera Deshmukh finally gives up cracking the case and resigns from her post. She and her businessman husband decide to leave the country.

Ajay Devgn speaks less and expresses a lot through his eyes. Tabu comes up with another powerhouse of performance in the role of the Inspector General of Police.

Drishyam is film to watch for the brilliant performances from the lead pair, as much as it is for its riveting suspense.
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Cast:
Ajay Devgn as Vijay Salgaonkar
Shriya Saran as Nandin Vijay Salgaonkar
Tabu as IG Meera Deshmukh
Rajat Kapoor as Meera’s Husband
Ishita Dutta as Vijay’s daughter
Credits:
Banner : Panorama Studios & Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Producer : Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak, Ajit Andhare
Story : Based on original story by Jeetu Joseph
Star-cast : Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran
Genere : Thriller
Director : Nishikant Kamat
Screenplay, Dialogue : Upendra Sidhaye
DOP : Avinash Arun
Music : Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyricist : Gulzar
Production Designer : Sukant Panigrahy
Editor : Aarif Sheikh
Publicity Design : Brain On Rent

 

Drishyam – Movie Review