Whoever has seen the first part in Malyalam or Hindi is sure to be a fan of this film and now there is ever reason to be happy as the film Drishyam 2 comes with its second installment in Malyalam. This time and it is already being touted to be remade in Hindi, there are reports that Kumar Mangat has paid a huge sum for the story and the old cast will be repeated.
Back to Drishyam 2. This again is solely carried on his shoulders by the Malayali power house actor Mohanlal… there aren’t words to describe his skills. The story starts 6 years after the inquest where George Kutty (Mohanlal) is exonerated of the murder of the Inspector General’s son. The family is living happily and George owns a cinema in the muffosil town but there still exists an uneasy calm in the household.
As the story goes through various twists and turns, we are made to believe that now the judgement day has come for George and his family. Then we reach the lengthy climax and that’s where the story starts, till then the story was moving at a slow pace establishing the various characters, but still keeping us interested while slowly building up like the Crescendo of a tidal wave and then everything falls into its place.
One should learn the nuances of acting from this powerhouse, when you put yourself in the shoes of a murder suspect and have gone scott free, but when are inwardly aware that the law could catch up but still you show that outward confidence, every action and reaction is caught perfectly. The whole system is conspiring and then you come out of it still keeping a straight face and showing no acknowledgement or your intense ire to the backstabbers only conveying it in the eyes that too as a fleeting glance as you come face to face with the person. The body language, the intensely underplayed reactions are a work of a thespian.
One swings in sympathy to both sides viz the family and the boys parents. You marvel at the police investigation and you resent it too. You are caught on both sides and then there is the dialogue which the judge says that sums up the mood of the film, and this is just before delivering his order in his chamber in conversation with the current IG. The families do get closure but the protagonist is still treading on thin ice as this being a black spot on the Police department they are never going to get a closure the case will go on leaving it open to being a franchise.
You never feel you are watching a movie whose language in incoherent and this is the beauty of it while all throughout the background score is in sync with the story. The only sour point or gullible fact is about how the protagonist manipulates the system. Well we will leave it to the viewers to decide on which side they are on.
As a footnote: If you liked the hindi version of the first part and as things stand, if there comes the second part of the same film in Hindi then I assure you that you are in for a treat though Ajay Devgan is no Mohanlal but still he is the best amongst the current breed to portray the protagonist.
As the Nishikant Kamath, the director of Hindi version’s first part is no longer amongst us, it is being contemplated that they may rope in Jeetu Joseph the original director of this Malyali franchise.
This engrossing thriller is released on the OTT Platform Amazon Prime and it is worth a dekko.
– Reviewed by PAWAN GUPTA
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Drishyam 2 (Malayalam) Cast:
Mohanlal as George Kutty (Anju and Anu’s father)
Meena as Rani (George Kutty’s wife)
Ansiba Hassan as Anju (George Kutty’s elder daughter)
Esther Anil as Anumol (George Kutty’s younger daughter)
Asha Sarath as Geetha Prabhakar (former Inspector General)
Siddique as Prabhakar (Geetha’s husband)
Murali Gopy as Thomas Bastin (the new IPS)
Saikumar as Vinayachandran (Geoge Kutty’s screenwriter)
K. B. Ganesh Kumar as Philipp Mathew (Circle Inspector under Rajakkad Police Station circle)
Drishyam 2 (Malayalam) Credits & Crew:
Produced by Antony Perumbavoor
Directed by Jeethu Joseph
Written by Jeethu Joseph
Music by Anil Johnson
Cinematography – Satheesh Kurup
Edited by V. S. Vinayak
Production company – Aashirvad Cinemas
Released on Amazon Prime Video