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Drishyam 2 movie review: Ajay Devgn, Tabu film lands home its lesson a second time

Drishyam 2 Movie Cast: Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna, Tabu, Shriya Saran, Rajat Kapoor, Ishita Dutta, Mrunal Jadhav, Kamlesh Sawant
Drishyam 2 Film Director: Abishek Pathak
Drishyam 2 Movie Rating: 3 stars

Bollywood isn’t really known for pulling off suspenseful thrillers, certainly not for sticking with a sequel. But, like Drishyam in 2015, Drishyam 2 lulls you to sleep with its humble settings, simple characters, human cops and a family embroiled in events beyond its control, until it brings home its lesson a second time – it doesn’t matter what awaits you; what matters is what you see.

And what does the world see when it looks at it Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn)? A family man and father of two, who runs a local cable service and has an obsessive love of movies, or just a “chauthi (grade 4) fail”, an illiterate man who doesn’t matter. It is certainly the latter that is the vision of Meera Deshmukh (Tabu), the IGP of Goalast time, making her lose the battle of wits with Salgaonkar.

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Drishyam 2 very deftly picks up where these two protagonists, both fierce parents, left off in Drishyam. The story is again by Jeethu Joseph who also directed both Malayalam versions. With the death of Nishikant Kamat, who directed the Bollywood remake of Drishyam, the reins of Drishyam 2 have passed to Abhishek Pathak.

Almost all the characters from the first film return, and the sequel is enriched by them. They largely show the effects of the past seven years – the Salgaonkars of keeping the horrible secret of a murder; and the Deshmukhs live with the knowledge that the former got away with killing their only son, a wayward Sam. The only one who stands out is Shriya SarahVijay’s wife play in the same perfect hair and cropped saris, with eyes unshaded except for kajal – despite the sleepless nights haunted by the murder she talks about.

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Words that come out here and there, nervousness that can’t be contained, stray city talk that can’t be silenced, doubts that haunt the Salgaonkars, witnesses that put two and two together of that fateful night , all inches to Sam’s body, which remained untraceable last time.

So, since the clues point irrevocably in the direction of his family, what will Vijay, who reiterates that he can do anything and everything for them, do now?

The plan turns out to be complicated, and as unexpected as in Drishyam. However, its execution is not so smooth and requires an unbelievable breach of basic protocols by the police, which would lead to every competent judge dropping the case, as well as a series of far too gullible people around Vijay. The remarkable change in his fortune adds to the touch of fame he now has.

The weakest link might be Akshaye Khanna, as the new IG, Tarun. While Tabu brought moral authority, ironclad fortitude and growing helplessness to her role in Drishyam, as a stern police chief who is also a desperate mother, Khanna is all snarky lines, menacing eyes and exaggerated mannerisms, with little at stake . Tarun is built up as this genius cop who broods long and hard on chessboards for company, only to really solve the case through an unexpected stroke of luck.

Tabu and Kapoor, as her businessman Mahesh Deshmukh, return as the grieving parents. Their roles are limited, but when she’s there, watching, waiting, shivering, carrying the pain in the lines of her tired face, Tabu owns this movie again.

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Meera the agent did not see what was waiting for her. But as even Vijay admits, it’s hard to look at her when it comes to Meera, the mother.

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