If you’ve already seen the original Malayalam movie ‘Drishyam 2’ starring Mohanlal and Meena then you should know that like the Hindi remake of the first Drishyam, the sequel too is quite faithful to the Mollywood original. And both versions are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Directed by Ajay Pathak and written by Jeethu Joseph, the sequel stars Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta and Mrunal Jadhav as the Salgaonkars, the family which notoriously manages to hoodwink Goa police and successfully gets away with the murder of a top cop’s son. ‘Drishyam 2’ picks up the family’s story seven years later – the Salgaonkars are leading a comfortable life, but Meera Deshmukh (Tabu) has still not given up hopes of sending her son’s murderers to jail. When a new witness turns up in the case with some crucial information, Vijay Salgaonkar must outwit the police again to save his loved ones.
The only major difference between the Malayalam and Hindi version is the fact that Pathak’s team has a bigger budget and it shows. Akshaye Khanna as IG Tarun Ahlawat who’s determined to solve the case looked out of place in the cast, Tabu was far more intimidating as the IG. Bulk of the film is shouldered by Ajay Devgn, who is calm, confident, and calculated as Vijay Salgaonkar. Tabu as a mother hellbent on vengeance doesn’t have as much screen-time as last time but still packs a punch, while Rajat Kapoor as her level-headed husband is the Yin to her Yang.
Gripping for most parts, ‘Drishyam 2’ highlights the kind of psychological impact a crime can have on perpetrators, apart from that, the case resolution wasn’t too convincing. But if viewers don’t ask too many questions, the ending will seem satisfactory enough.
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