Drishyam 2 Review: The Second Film In Ajay Devgn’s Series Is A Dull But Steady Remake!

Drishyam 2 Review

Everybody is aware of Vijay Salgaonkar’s previous exploits. He’s back with more of the same, including some potentially incriminating evidence that the police can use to finally catch him. Because its most important secrets have been revealed, Drishyam 2 will not be the blockbuster that its creators had hoped it would be.

Streaming users have had access to Drishyam 2021, the follow-up to the 2013 Malayalam film, for over a year. The world knows the Salgaonkars still have a long road ahead of them with all their problems. The police are on the trail again, and Vijay will need to use all of his resources to foil their investigations.

With the help of an accidental witness, a limited-run book, and two undercover cops, Drishyam 2, a 140-minute sequel that is both inevitable and wholly gratuitous, shows us why and how Vijay Salgaonkar throws caution to the wind as the cops close in on him seven years later.

Drishyam 2, adapted by Aamil Kenyan Khan and directed by Abhishek Pathak from a screenplay by Jeethu Joseph, fails to excite and intrigue despite the fact that it is technically proficient. There is nothing new to learn about the cable guy who becomes a movie distributor and his family, as their story has been retold countless times in a wide variety of languages.

The lead role calls for Ajay Devgn to be his usual grumpy and secretive self, and he does not disappoint in this regard. With the success of his movie theater, our hero has amassed enough wealth to fund the hiring of a screenwriter and the development of his own film.

Once Akshaye Khanna’s character, Tarun Ahlawat, the new Goa Police inspector general, arrives in Pondolem, things look up for Vijay. Former Inspector General Meera Deshmukh (Tabu), in town for her son’s annual memorial service, visits the Salgaonkars at his behest and prompts them to reopen the case.

Drishyam 2 Movie Review: Script Analysis

It’s important to clarify that this is a remake, so when I give credit to Jeethu Joseph for something that was accomplished in 2021, it’s not because of anything he did in this film.

The reason I included the caveat is that I think Jeetu did a great job of not breaking the fourth wall. It’s true that Ajay’s remake draws heavily from the original’s strengths, but the extraneous elements are what ultimately ruined the experience for me.

Drishyam 2 Movie Review Script Analysis

Reintroducing the ‘corrupt’ goon Gaitonde undermines the conflict between the two sides by undermining the credibility of the lead investigator (Akshaye Khanna) and his investigation.

The intrigue surrounding the villager characters in Jeethu’s version, which was developed alongside the plot, is noticeably absent here.

While the camerawork by Sudhir K. Chaudhary does help to elevate the gloomy setting, I can’t help but feel that Jeethu’s attempt at “keeping it basic” with Satheesh Kurup was more effective.

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No other actor could possibly replace Mohanlal’s original magic in the film, but Ajay Devgn comes close. Both stars share the much-discussed ability to influence others by manipulating their gaze.

Since his character spends most of the movie in a relatively calm state of helplessness, we don’t get to see the fiery side of him that was on display in the prequel.

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For various reasons, Shriya Saran’s Nandini is a plot and cinematic weak spot. Even though her personality isn’t exactly above-board, she doesn’t cross any lines herself.

That’s not the Akshaye Khanna I knew growing up. Murali Gopy’s Thomas was much more shrewd and intelligent than Akshaye’s Tarun. This movie’s trailer made me think of his performance in Ittefaq, but that’s not at all how it plays out.

Again, certain choices made by Tabu’s character distanced her from the audience in comparison to the original film’s audience. Ishita Dutta’s Anju doesn’t even come close to matching the depths to which Ansiba’s Anju dove into the character’s PTSD.

Not even Mrunal Jadhav can improve the story in any significant way. Both Saurabh Shukla and Rajat Kapoor do an acceptable job in their respective roles.

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Drishyam 2 Movie Review: Direction, Music

The worst possible thing happened, and Abhishek Pathak should not have embellished the original. The film’s budget was wasted on pointless digressions into no-man’s-land by the film’s extras. The change is for the better, but the enhancement is unnecessary.

Drishyam 2 Movie Review Direction, Music

Is there a Vishal Bhardwaj and Gulzar film I somehow missed? Yes! How did I feel about DSP and Amitabh Bhattacharya’s attempt? No. There’s no doubt that I yearned for the intensity of Dum Ghutta Hai once it ended.

Unfortunately, King’s first film in Bollywood is Sahi Galat, which plays after the credits have rolled but could have been much better.

Last words

However, Drishyam 2 is a great movie that meets the expectations of most Bollywood viewers. This is the kind of masala film you’d love to see in the theater, but only if you don’t bother the actors with too many questions.

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Karan Siradi

I am an author and a public speaker. I was born in India and have travelled to many different countries. I have a masters in public communication from California University and I love to write about famous peoples from different industries.

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