Drishyam 2 picks up where Drishyam (2015) left off. Here’s a recap of what happened in the first movie. Vijay Salgaonkar’s (Ajay Devgn) elder daughter Anju (Ishita Dutta) unintentionally murders the son of Goa Police Commissioner Meera Deshmukh (Tabu). The boy had taken a nude video of her and was blackmailing her because of it. Vijay hides the body and weaves a narrative saying that he and his entire family were out somewhere else on the day of the murder. After a long investigation, Vijay is released due to lack of evidence, even as the police are accused of using brutal methods to extract a confession from Vijay and his family. In the sequel, which is six years later, the Salgaonkars have moved up in life. Although they are still traumatized by their past. Anju is reportedly suffering from epilepsy due to the guilt and pressure we have seen in the first movie. Desperate for closure, Meera Deshmukh and her husband Mahesh (Rajat Kapoor) have not forgiven the Salgaonkar family for the loss of their son. The new IG of Goa Police, Tarun Ahlawat (Akshaye Khanna) is an old friend of Meera and vows to catch Vijay at any cost. He is as clever and as dedicated as Vijay is, and what ensues is a battle of wits between two strong-willed men.
The former film was a frame-for-frame copy of the Malayalam original starring Mohanlal and the latter is also based on the sequel of the original Malayalam film which released a year ago on OTT. This Hindi version has nothing new to offer to those who have seen the Malayalam version. For those who haven’t seen it, the film will offer some exciting moments and some shocking twists. The climax, especially, is sure to shake you up and leave you begging for more.
If you want to enjoy the movie, you have to take everything that happens with a big pinch of salt. In terms of plot, this movie is more implausible than the previous one. Vijay is shown to be more cunning and forward thinking than ever before. He has thought through all the various possibilities that may arise in the coming years and has a solution for each one. While it all looks great on screen, life as we know it is too random for anyone to really prepare for every contingency. Anything and everything can go wrong at any moment but here all of Vijay’s plans yield success. It’s something that’s definitely hard to stomach. The first one showed that Vijay learned everything about life through films and so it is here too. The film offers some realistic touches in the sense that the neighbors actually feel guilty about Vijay and his family and constantly mock them for it. The older daughter, as mentioned before, suffers from epilepsy brought on by post-traumatic stress disorder, the police are shown to be quite brutal, and the mother’s character is more ruthless than in the first film.
Everything depends on the performance and the entire cast has contributed with their best. Tabu looks like the very image of grief and anguish. She is a wounded tigress, grieving for the loss of her cub, and woe to anyone who crosses her. On the other hand, Rajat Kapoor’s stoic acceptance of what has happened and his dignified way of handling it makes you root for him. Akshaye Khanna is the new player on the field and his quirks and punchy dialogues will make you smile. He can pose a threat even when he’s smiling and is a welcome addition to the franchise. Shriya Saran also plays a worried mother who is forever afraid of finding out. Ishita Dutta is also having every moment in the sun. The film rests entirely on the capable shoulders of Ajay Devgn. He plays a concerned father and husband with the weight loss it deserves. He never deviates from the character and his sincere performance follows you from the first frame to the last. He imbues his character with such conviction that you are ready to forget the improbable events on screen. The film is all set for a sequel, so get ready to be amazed once again.
Trailer: Drishyam 2
Archika Khurana, November 18, 2022, 03:51 am IST
Drishyam 2 story: Vijay Salgaonkar and his family are still haunted by the fear and trauma of what happened seven years ago. With the police using new ways and paths to uncover the case, how long can the truth be buried? And can Vijay save himself and his family again?
Drishyam 2 Review: The continuation of Drishyam, adapted from the Malayalam thriller of the same name, picks up where the 2015 film left off — Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) emerges from a police station with a shovel. Seven years ago, the almost perfect crime was witnessed and that is what gives the police the motivation and ammunition to revisit the investigation of the Sameer Deshmukh case so many years later.
Vijay is now a theater owner who dreams of making a film based on a story he has written. His elder daughter Anju (Ishita Dutta) is still reeling from the shock of the trauma, while his younger daughter Anu (Mrunal Jadhav) is a teenager. Every member of the family, including his wife Nandini (Shriya Saran), carries on with life as usual – but always on guard. And with an intense sense of dread that never leaves them. A series of unexpected events turn the lives of the Salgaonkars upside down when a truth threatens to change everything.
Even the support Vijay received from his community seven years ago, begins to diminish as the plot unfolds, and they begin to question whether he actually committed the crime. The film builds up as the police investigation led by Superintendent Tarun Ahlawat (Akshaye Khanna) and Sameer (who died accidentally in Drishyam formed by the core of both films) mother and former IG Meera (Tabu), swings into action. This time they follow the lead without underestimating the protagonist.
Following a similar pattern to the first, helmed by the late Nishkant Kamat, director Abhishek Pathak takes things slow in the first half. The family’s fear and anxiety is palpable as it gradually builds the tension of the narrative. As the investigation progresses, each character serves a specific purpose and helps increase the drama and tension.
Ajay Devgn shines as a protective father who loves his family unconditionally; he is a simple man with a straight mind. Akshaye Khanna, who has previously played a cop, in films like Mom swear alliance, gives a lot of weight to these engaging actions. Tabu is simply outstanding as Meera, a mother who seeks justice for her son. Rajat Kapoor shines as her husband who desperately wants everything to be settled soon. Kamlesh Sawant reprises his role as Gaitonde, who remains ruthless and bloodthirsty for revenge. Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta and Mrunal Jadhav who play other Salgaonkaras have almost similar roles as they had in the previous part. Saurabh Shukla as writer Murad Ali is well suited to solve the mystery.
Jeethu Joseph’s original story is deftly adapted by Aamil Keeyan Khan and Abhishek Pathak. They deftly weave in multiple threads, leading to a stellar climax filled with numerous twists that are just as good as the first film. Although the first one undoubtedly had a certain novelty in it, the sequel also stands strong, it fascinates and entertains. The story here is unpredictable for the most part, however some of the setups seem contrived and some of the situations too far-fetched. Having said that, it is quite a challenge to make a sequel to a very successful first part where most of the characters are the same.
Song by Amitabh Bhattacharya Sahi Galat which accompanies the credits and the title track is upbeat. Saath Hum Rahein is slowly but fully adopted to capture the object of the family. The background score by Rockstar DSP (Devi Sri Prasad) blends well and adds to the intensity of the drama.
the cons, Drishyam 2 offers plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked, just like its predecessor. And the story of Salgaokars will remain in the public memory.