Abhishek Pathak’s Drishyam 2, which is a remake of the Malayalam film by Jeethu Joseph, defines how a worthy remake.
The plot of Drishyam 2
Drishyam 2 follows the story of its prequel. In Drishyam 1, Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn), bent over backward to save his family after a catastrophe hit them. The prequel ended with Vijay getting away with murder.
But, seven years later, the past events came back to haunt him.
This time, a new IG, Tarun Ahlawat (Akshaye Khanna), took charge of the Pondolem police station. As fresh shreds of evidence come to light, the authorities bring their A-game forward to prove the crime. Will Vijay once again be able to safeguard his and his family’s future? Or will he meet his ends? Or is there something more that Vijay is hiding? The answer forms the crux of the film.
Drishyam 2 Cast and Crew
Directed by Abhishek Pathak, Drishyam 2 stars Ajay Devgn, Ishita Dutta, Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Tabu, and Mrunal Jadhav.
Drishyam 2 is a remake of Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam film of the same name, starring megastar Mohanlal which released in 2021.
The movie has Devi Sri Prasad’s music and has been produced by T Series, Panorama Studios, and Viacom18 Studios.
Drishyam 2 contiinues from 2015’s Drishyam. The Salgaonkars are still living in Goa and Vijay is still the same cinema-crazy guy. Time has moved and the changes in time and growth have been clearly shown in the film. But the past has not been forgotten. The best part of the story writing was that it showed how time has moved on, but the past continues to linger. The remains and memories of the past are still bedeviling. The site of a police officer still makes Anju, the elder daughter, suffer from seizures whereas, Nandini continues to feel suffocated thinking of the fateful night.
Directed by Abhishek Pathak, who is known for crime thrillers such as Section 375, Khuda Hafiz, created an impactful film. While sticking to the template of the prequel, the film takes the first half an hour to introduce various characters and to establish itself.
It begins at a slow pace, in the first half but soon catches up in the second half as various mysteries unfold. The second half of the film is deeply engaging.
Drishyam 2 boasts the excellent performances of its cast. Ajay Devgn lived the role of Vijay. He was one with the character, his acting was sharp, lucid, and smooth. Akshaye Khanna’s delivery of a sense of desperation and authority in one frame is splendid. Shriya Saran continued her part as the docile housewife, but her acting was slightly off.
The film shines as an excellent and praise-worthy sequel, making it a must-watch.
Drishyam 2 hit the theatres on November 18. And the response is massively positive.
At the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Drishyam 2 will have a special screening. It will be on November 21.