Review of Drishyam 2: Ajay Devgn and Tabu’s film reinforces its point once more.

Review of Drishyam 2: Ajay Devgn and Tabu’s film reinforces its point once more.

 

Bollywood isn’t exactly recognised for its ability to pull off suspense thrillers, and certainly not for keeping audiences interested in a sequel. However like Drishyam in 2015, Drishyam 2 lures you in with its understated surroundings, straightforward characters, human cops, and family caught up in uncontrollable events until it drives home its point a second time: what matters is what you are witnessing, not what is in front of you.

And how does the world perceive when it glances at Ajay Devgn’s Vijay Salgaonkar? Or just a “chauthi (Class 4) flop,” a nondescript family guy and father of two who owns a small cable company and loves movies obsessively. The latter is unquestionably what last time caused Meera Deshmukh (Tabu), the IGP of Goa, to lose the mental match with Salgaonkar.

Very skillfully, Drishyam 2 continues the story of these two major characters—both strong parents—where Drishyam left off. Jeethu Joseph, who helmed both of the Malayalam versions, wrote the story once more. Abhishek Pathak has taken over directing duties for Drishyam 2 following the passing of Nishikant Kamat, who was responsible for the Bollywood version of Drishyam.

Nearly all of the protagonists from the first movie return, and it improves the sequel. The Salgaonkars’ decision to keep the horrific murder a secret and the Deshmukhs’ decision to live with the understanding that the earlier got away with murdering their lone son, a wayward Sam, are two repercussions of the past 7 years that are mostly visible in them. The only person who stands out now is Shriya Saran, who portrays Vijay’s wife and has the same flawless hair and clipped saris. Her eyes are unshadowed except for kajal, despite the fact that she frequently complains about having nightmares about the murder.

The strategy turns out to have been complex and unanticipated, just like it proved in Drishyam. It is not as easy to carry out, though, as it takes both a series of much too naïve persons near Vijay and a ludicrous breakdown of fundamental protocol by the police, which would cause any intelligent judge to dismiss the case. His dramatic shift in fortunes has added to the air of notoriety that surrounds him at the moment.

Akshaye Khanna, the new IG Tarun, may be the weakest link. As a strict police chief who is also a desperate mother, Tabu managed to bring moral authority, steely fortitude, and increasing hopelessness to her role in Drishyam. Khanna, however, is all catty lines, glowering eyes, as well as exaggerated demeanour, with little at stake.

Rating: 4/5

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