Drishyam 2 movie review: solidly gripping, brilliantly thrilling sequel
What: Drishyam 2 - Ajay Devgn as Vijay Salgaonkar does it dobaara (again) under Abhishek Pathak’s captivatingly slow burn narration in the follow up of the cult Drishyam (2015).
Drishyam 2 movie synopsis
Seven years have passed, Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) is now a wannabe filmmaker, own a cinema hall and of course his cable business is already running well.
However, former IG Meera Deshmukh (Tabu) – Sam’s (Rishab Chadha) mother could get over her resentment with Vijay Salgaonkar and the case gets reopened.
IG Tarun Ahlawat (Akshaye Khanna) is in charge.
Vijay Salgaonkar ‘s family Nandini Salgaonkar (Shriya Saran), Anju Salgaonkar (Ishita Dutta), Anu Salgaonkar ( Mrunal Jadhav) feel the tension once again.
What will Vijay Salgaonkar do now to protect his family?
First of all, Drishyam 2 is not just a follow up of a cult blockbuster designed to mint in hooplas by cashing on the original’s phenomenal success.
Drishyam 2 starring Ajay Devgn and directed by Abhishek Pathak is an exception, the sequel to Drishyam is a crime suspense thrillers delight, and it’s a solidly gripping follow up, a rare occasion in Hindi cinema big screen. Small screen has created absolute wonders in their follow ups – Panchayat, Gullak, Family Man etc.
The writers of Drishyam 2 - Aamil Keeyan Khan and Abhishek Pathak do exactly what the doctors of fine engaging thrillers have ordered – thoroughly engaging screenplay right from the word go, unexpected twists, stunning final moments making it a fascinating experience.
Abhishek Pathak’s smooth slow burning is a masterly done build up and when the revelation and the connecting of dots begins, the audience is elated and it won,t be a surprise if the audience start whistling and clapping in the last 20 – 30 mins.
Abhishek Pathak successfully crosses the acid test of giving a loyal, faithful sequel, here the challenge was steep as the simple innocent Vijay Salgaonkar from the original walked away with the sympathy of the villagers and audience.
But in the sequel, the same Vijay Salgaonkar is a part of gossip, mystery, jealousy and most important – the audience now knew that he is a cunning fox.
Ajay Devgn is solidly controlled, a cunning smart player from inside with refined subtlety.
Tabu as Meera Deshmukh is fantastic.
Akshaye Khanna as IG Tarun Ahlawat is a treat and simply brilliant.
Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta, child artiste Mrunal Jadhav are good.
Rajat Kapoor as Mahesh Deshmukh, Meera's husband has his moments.
Kamlesh Sawant as Sub-Inspector Laxmikant Gaitonde is fabulous
and finally last but not the least
Saurabh Shukla is remarkable
No doubt liberties are taken and Vijay Salgoankar is too lucky at crucial times. Plus those who have seen the Malayalam version starring Mohanlal may not find it to be that exciting as they are aware of the twist and turns.
Drishyam 2 is a solid sequel, one of the finest moments in Hindi cinema’s thriller genre to come in recent years. Missing it will be an offence.