There are murder mysteries that make the viewers apply their brains to connect the dots and keep a check of every scene as the story keeps progressing further. However, here is a murder mystery which makes its plot and concept clear right in the first half and what follows next is a game of visual deception! Yes, as the tagline suggests- Visuals Can Be Deceptive!
Here, all the audience has to do is watch how a common man protects his family from a kidnapping case using his brains. Is he guilty? Or is the man the police department thinks of him to be- a cunning mastermind? You'd find out when you watch the movie!
Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta, Mrinal Jadhav, Rajat Kapoor, Prathamesh Parab, Kamlesh Sawant
Director: Nishikant Kamat
Producers: Panorama Studios, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Production
Story: 'Drishyam' opens with a scene where Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) is seen waiting at Pandolem police station in Goa. The film then goes in the flashback mode where we are introduced to Vijay, and his family and how an unfortunate incident changed their lives forever. A fourth grade dropout and a cable operator by profession, his life revolves around his family consisting of his wife Nandini (Shriya Saran) and his two daughters Anju and Anu (Ishita Dutta and Mrinal Jadhav). He is also an avid film lover. The Salgaonkars are a happy family until tragedy strikes one day when they are accused of kidnapping Sam, son of IG Meera Deshmukh (Tabu). Thus begins a cat and mouse game between Vijay who is hell-bent on proving his family innocent and Meera who believes that the Salgaonkars have a terrible secret to hide.Questions are asked, alibis and evidences are cross-checked until there finally you have the shocking last piece staring at you.
Performance: After his previous two duds 'Himmatwala' and 'Action Jackson' Ajay Devgn truly needed a film that would establish him again as the versatile actor who not only performs with intensity in his eyes, but also knows how to select a good script. With 'Drishyam' he makes a terrific comeback and how! His portrayal of a common man who is ready to fight all odds to protect his family is praise-worthy. Tabu enacts the tough cop act with such ease and finesse. She comes across as a bold and ruthless woman who can adopt any methods to get a case solved; but at the same time she makes sure that the tears and sobbing don't look fake or a sudden transformation but another side of the character she plays! Together with Ajay she is a show-stealer. Shriya Saran gets her emotional scenes right and looks gorgeous on the big screen. Ishita and Mrinal who play Ajay-Shriya's daughters have done a commendable job. It is a delight to watch them act with such ease and confidence and make their roles look equally believable! Rajat Kapoor as Tabu's calm and supportive husband is good in his parts. Last but not the least watch out for Kamlesh Sawant as the corrupt Inspector Gaitonde!
Direction: Nishikant Kamat has churned a whodunit suspense tale that strikes a right chord with the audience. While most thrillers are all about finding the culprit who committed the crime 'Drishyam' scores a brownie point for being different. Aarif Sheikh's crisp editing keeps the film edgy. Avinash Arun's camera work adds a dash of mystery to the simple frames and makes it more interesting. Upendra Sidhaye's water-tight screenplay is intriguing enough to keep the viewers hooked to the screen. The songs from the film flow smoothly with the narrative and don't disrupt you.
Combo-on-Offer: Emotions+Suspense+ Twist in the end
Verdict: The movie is crisp, to-the-point and has its own share of humor apart from the main suspense story line. A worth-watch for all movie-goers who love flicks with a great script and realistic performances. Not an entertainer but surely a movie that might attract footfalls, taking away audience from Salman Khan's latest release 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'. We give 'Drishyam' thunderous Claps for Ajay-Tabu's intense performances, hooking storyline and its brilliant execution.