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I don't remember the last time my emotions were engaged in a thriller, let alone a pounding heart and racing mind. A psychological thriller that hooks, thrills and keeps you thinking after it is done.Read more
Drishyam comes across as a thriller that will completely engage. Yes, I have heard of the malayam film, but have intentionally avoided reading up on it, so I can enjoy this version better. As the trailer plays out, I was hooked by not Ajay Devgn's non-action persona or Tabu's vampish existence in the film, but by the story.
Sure, when you delve on it a bit, you realise it could be like any other “common man getting trapped by the system” story. However, there is an element of whodunnit, which makes the combination a really interesting.
After Piku, this is the other movie after a really long while where I have looked forward to a film with mainstream actors. Hope the story is the mystery it promises to be rather than the foregone conclusion of frustrated common man beating up the system with good winning over evil, just like that.
- meeta, a part of the audience
My heart raced through most of the length of the film, and a long one at that. This is even though I know most of what has happened as the characters find out themselves. This even though there is drama, very average performances to distract you from the events in the film. The anxiety comes from not knowing if the protagonists will get out of the situation. The anxiety comes from not knowing how much they will suffer before getting out, if they do at all. The anxiety comes from knowing the odds are against them - not just the situation they are in, but also knowing the writer/director might not necessarily be kind to them either. The anxiety comes from being involved with the characters to such an extent. I don't remember the last time my emotions were engaged in a thriller.
Sure, the situation itself a little out there and the way it is handled a little too smart to be believable. But, once you have suspended that initial disbelief, given into the situation, and the drama begins to unfold you realise the intricacy of the set-up and build-up. Little questions like – why would a mother with a relatively uncommon name Nandini name her daughter a rather common, Anju – are answered and they add to the narrative. Some explanations, of course are a little convenient. But largely, you are doing something beyond rooting for the family you have begun to care for – you understand why people who love them, love them; you want to hurt the people who hurt them.
Drishyam has one of the most riveting second halves I've seen in a long while. Usually, thrillers build up well and fizzle out in the second half. But here most of the action come post-interval. This also means that it takes its time to build up. The start does make you restless and wants you to tell the story to get a move on. And maybe had the film gotten to its crux 10 or so minutes earlier, it would not make you wait for the interval. But, it is difficult to tell what impact that would have had on the audience's involvement with the Salgaokar family.
Also, a lot of the drama took me away from the characters into the reel world. The cheeky-cheesy reference to cinema being an educator is well, cute but a little far-fetched. A self-aware statement that films manipulate thrill using edits and music is instantly followed by use of “comic”music to bring in a laugh – that too when it wasn't necessary at all. The scene was funny by itself and the music actually took away from the smile. Again, a tighter rein on these bits could've also enhanced the story-telling.
Even so, there are things that worked for Drishyam that are otherwise trappings of a thriller. For instance, usually when a character unveils the mystery by speaking it out loud, it is a put off because it feels like you are reading a report. Here, the character is revealing the events as she is figuring it out herself. There are other instances where a shot from earlier in the film is repeated when a character is retrieving it from their memory. Usually, this is annoying because it is more to serve as a reminder to the audience than the character. Here, however, it is an essential piece in the narrative.
Other than commenting on the role of cinema in our lives, the misuse of power, the parenting style of the afffluent, Drishyam poses a question about right and wrong. You do wonder what you would have done if you were in IG Meera's (Tabu) place and how you would have worked your way around the situation that Vijay Salgaokar's (Ajay Devgn) finds himself in.
When a film largely works, it is difficult to find fault with the performances. But, except for a shot or two, Ajay Devgn looks like he is sleep walking. Shriya Saran too comes across as functional. Tabu has an enormous screen presence, yet it can hardly be called a challenge for her. In fact, the two little actresses are the ones who come across as the best actors in the lot. So, Drishyam becomes one of those rare films that has a narrative so strong that mediocre performances don't hamper it.
That is not to say Drishyam is taut. It is hardly flawless, but it glues you - body and mind alert - to the story. A thing you can only rarely say for a thriller. It is not a visual treat that ought to be watched in the theater, but it is a film which can be appreciated and encouraged for its writing. And of course, no home theater can enhance the thrill like a dark cinema hall.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ... a unique thriller for parents of sons and daughters, for those with a point of view on stalking, voyeurism, police high-handedness, the nature of life in small towns, definitions of self-defence and the power of the visual.... full review
Thumbs up, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...‘Drishyam’ is not your run-of-the-mill thriller. Director Nishikant Kamat executes some really interesting sequences, particularly the ones involving Tabu and Ajay Devgn. However, he fails to keep a check on the runtime and the gratuitous melodrama. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Zehra Abbas, fullhyd.com : ...Drishyam is worth a watch, especially if you haven't seen any of the other remakes. But is it a great film? It could have been, if they had the guts to cast Tabu as Salgaonkar instead.... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...DRISHYAM is a spot-on crime thriller that has some 'heart-in-your-mouth' moments. It's set up in a made-up village called Pondolim in North Goa. What's satisfying about the entire screenplay is that what Vijay is doing on screen is what you will do for your family. Nothing less; after all, family is all that we have! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Gulzar's lyrics open the film and Vishal Bhardwaj's music keeps haunting you till the end credits roll, ensuring Drishyam's spot in top Hindi suspense films of all time. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...When was the last time you enjoyed a film for its gripping plot, its compelling story? Drishyam, with its refreshingly original screenplay and its many moments of tension, is just that. Kamat's Hindi version pales in comparison to both the original Malayalam film and the Tamil remake, but the plot nevertheless keeps you hooked till the end.... full review
Thumbs up, by jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...With some editing, Kamat could have made a crisper and tauter thriller, but nevertheless, Drishyam is definitely good fun and will have you rooting for the underdog, who takes on the mighty police machinery with an unnerving calm and a methodical mind.... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well, the movie has lots of dum as it has some brilliant performances, gripping screenplay and a neat direction. As they say, good things come to all those who wait and in the case of 'Drishyam',Â you will have to wait through the initial snail paced part and once you pass this phase you will be rewarded with a relishing brain twister which is a must watch for all those who love good cinema.... full review
Thumbs up, by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster : ... If you have seen both the Malayalam as well as the Tamil versions, the Hindi remake will not keep you engrossed. If you haven’t seen them, you better go and watch Drishyam in Hindi, though it needs slicker editing.... full review
So-So, by Tushar Joshi, Bollywood Life : ...Drishyam is worth a watch. It has a strong engaging second half that will have you on the edge of your seat. Watch it for some terrific performances from Ajay and Tabu.... full review
So-So, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...Strangely, Tabu, whose IG Meera in uniform gets a dramatic hero’s entry, does absolutely nothing. Sure, it’s only an outline of a character. But there are intense scenes she sleepwalks through in terribly distracting falsies.... full review
So-So, by Bryan Durham, DNA : ...This film isn't so much a whodunnit as much as it is a why- and how-dunnit. But it takes too much time building a convincing case of it. Watch this one for Tabu. Or if you're an Ajay fan.... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...In the end, it all comes down to the twist ending. The story has all the trappings to keep you engaged and then the surprise climax rounds it all up nicely. But these are things not original to Drishyam’s Hindi iteration. And yet those are the strengths of this film.... full review
So-So, by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost : ...In a murder mystery, it isn’t a bad thing if the best scene comes right at the end, with the big reveal. However, if the audience doesn’t really care for any of the characters and if the only reaction the scene elicits is delighted relief because the film is finally over, then the storytelling has failed. Handicapped by its stars, Kamat ends up making a decent film that doesn’t live up to its potential, lacks wow moments and seems too long at 163 minutes. And that’s a shame, because there’s a good story and an intelligent adaptation hidden out of sight in Drishyam.... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...This is not really a film about family honor, it’s more of a film about human ingenuity. In fact Vijay Salgaonkar’s ingenious use of cinematic smarts to save his family from incarceration highlights his own descent into corruption!... full review
So-So, by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today : ...In all, Drishyam squanders much of its potential, leaving one wondering what the film could have been, had it been executed well. Watch it if you have to, for Ajay and Tabu's display of duelling willpowers. ... full review
So-So, by Archita Kashyap, koimoi : ...For an engaging battle of wits, watch this film. The second half, thankfully a direct adaptation of the original, also draws you in as audience, making you think of right and wrong, justice & fairness. Also do catch it if you are an Ajay Devgn or Tabu fan. Otherwise, for those who like watching quality films on crime & passion, I would rather leave the decision to you.... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Directed by Nishikant Kamat (Force, Mumbai Meri Jaan), the film remains watchable for the story, a few suspenseful moments, and Tabu's electrifying act.... full review
So-So, by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu : ...On paper it belongs to Ajay but on screen it is Tabu who walks away with it. And even when she is effortlessly seeking attention, the underrated Rajat Kapoor excels as the husband who retains his sanity amidst the moral chaos... full review
So-So, yahoo! India : ...Since this is a remake of a staggeringly successful film, you wonder why Kamat needed to reinvent the wheel and rob it of its emotional heft and uniqueness. In one scene Meera makes the connection between Vijay and cinema and you think now things will get interesting, but the much needed head-to-head is passed over. While the first half is quite a plod, the second half delivers the twists making ‘Drishyam’ a satisfactory watch, at best.... full review
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ramraj22: Watched drishyam ... simply excellent.. Superb
rakeshchaki: When was the last time you enjoyed a Movie for its gripping plot ? It is such movie which hooked you up till the end. @ajaydevgn #Drishyam
raj_kundalia: #Drishyam Boring 1st half and in the next half you'd be on the edge of your seat because of a perfectly gripping story. @ajaydevgn
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racquel_erika: To watch #Drishyam of @ajaydevgn is the best way to enjoy weekends with the family
PushparajS_: #Drishyam An intelligent Thriller movie. Ajay's acting is awesome. First half is a bit slow but second half makes up for the lull.must watch
puri_follower: #Drishyam is simply superb I just loved @ajaydevgn amazing performance :)
princeofodds: Please don't mind words of some negative critics. Drishyam must watch
PatankarAvinash: Current spate of good Hindi films continue. Drishyam has a different theme & is gripping especially second half.Strong message to all.
OnlyForDevgn: Saturday morning shows showed upto 80% and more occupancy!! WOM plays very great role Drishyam Must Watch
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MrDffrnt: All the moviegoers go and watch Drishyam!! Achchi nahi lagi toh I'll reimburse.
MoviePlanning: Drishyam is consistently above average to good, but just doesn't deliver big punches to make it brilliant.
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katha_kartiki: #Drishyam made me realise how much I've missed seasoned actors on screen. More movies together Tabu & @ajaydevgn
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iankitsrkvivek: Just Watched #Drishyam. Best Movie of 2015 till date. Awesome script, awesome direction, d best Acting of @ajaydevgn http://twitter.com/iankitsrkvivek/status/627218591574700033/photo/1
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elect84: #Drishyam Ajay fans go and watch it will take you next level simply outstanding my rating 5/5
di_vella: अगर आप अपने परिवार को प्यार करते हैं तो परिवार के साथ अजय देवगन की "दृश्यम" मूवी जरूर देखें Drishyam Must Watch #Drishyam #AjayDevgn
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DevgnPrince: Drishyam Must Watch @DrishyamTheFilm brings back Prestigious @ajaydevgn back on track !! Proud
DCranchi: Ajay Devgan/Tabu at his best.... Drishyam Must watch movie
CoolWalaHandle: Drishyam is one hell of a movie. Must watch.
ChhaganL: Drishyam movie .....awesome
chatterjeeworld: Just watched #Drishyam. While one cannot compliment Tabu enough, guess we should get to see @mrrajatkapoor more often. #OneGoodFilm
Capt_Ck: #Drishyam has been watched !! Loved the movie !! Would not advise for kids though !! 4/5 !!
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BALLYGG: Mazza ay geya. Round of applause to @ajaydevgn & all the team of Movie "Drishyam".East or west this film smashed it... What a Movie!
BalluMishraAJ: Drishyam Must Watch Dhoom macha do
A_Jay_FanNepal: ANG Drishyam Must Watch
aThakkali: #Drishyam remake in Tamil though was pretty impressive enough for me to enjoy it in spite of having watched the Malayalam original earlier!
asifwaggan: #Drishyam a movie to enjoy
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Arun2406: #Drishyam after a very long time a superb movie, brilliant acting ajay, tabu & @ajaydevgn @DrishyamTheFilm @tabu @Nishikantkamat
ArtistYashwant: Last night saw #Drishyam @ajaydevgn , @ShriyaSharan & @Tabu great acting hats off to the director @kamat
anuragi89: #Drishyam what a movie! A must watch.
Ankur_NG: #Drishyam Watched and enjoyed @ajaydevgn #KamleshSawant u both nailed the show..
ankitpathak04: Drishyam was quite nice.
ameyapc: #Drishyam is a good film. Dir Nishikant Kamat is successful in keeping you at the edge of ur seat. AJay n Tabu are expectedly superb.
aman_gudawala25: Awesome... excellent.... outstanding...trully impressed..All the characters are very good..Ajay devgan rocksss
AkshatTaman: What a fantastic movie Drishyam is...just love that.. Go nd watch once
akshatjdave: saw #Drishyam though nothing new. but still loved to watch it. In hindi, it's hard to believe anyone but @ajaydevgn could have pulled it off
AJPuneFC: This is a common man Drishyam Must Watch http://twitter.com/AJPuneFC/status/627393614612529152/photo/1
AjActionJackson: Indian boxoffice doesn't deserve this movie. Drishyam Must Watch
aamitpalsingh: Just one word amazing @ajaydevgn 5/5 #Drishyam
a09ea2180ded422: Saw #Drishyam today. Very well made movie! Gripping , with good suspense!
3fa172b8d3bb470: Full on faadu performance sir ajay Drishyam must watch
17_jan_2015: Drishyam Must Watch Brilliant act
161b9070cb7841d: #Drishyam One of the best suspense movie in Bollywood. Hats off to Director Nishikant Kamat. Can't leave your seats till last frame. ****
cetuwifynoz: Drishyam review: Tabu is good, Ajay Devgn forgettable and the film is average
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