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Patience. Patience is what you need to get intrigued into the Drishyam thrill. As the first half of the movie goes into building the characters, you may feel drowsy sometimes, but stay awake, it is from here that the line between wrong and right becomes blur. Can the reasons behind a missing teenage boy ever be right?

Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta, Rajat Kapoor, Kamlesh Sawant

Production: Viacom18

Director: Nishikant Kamat

Engagement meter: 3.5 stars

Bollywood has had a vacuum when it comes to good thrillers this year, Drishyam fills it. Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) is a semi-illiterate person, has a placid life going on with his sweet little family of a pretty wife and two lovely daughters. His obsession for cinema seems his only hobby. To this serenity walks in the bone of contention, the missing son of a top cop Meera Deshmukh (Tabu) and her wealthy businessman husband (Rajat Kapoor). The movie puts multiple stress on the ‘fourth fail’ tag on Vijay, but none ever said that intelligence necessarily has to come only from education.

The plot revolves around the unity in the family, the sacrifices each one is ready to give, even the youngest character- a six year old. The movie challenges the extent to which each side could go- one to protect and the other to grab. The degree of planning, the intensity of the investigation and the neatly woven characters, may it be the corrupt and brutal policeman Gaitonde or the oscillation between a tough cop to a soft mom in Tabu, makes you hold onto your nerves till the end.

It is good to see Ajay Devgn try on a ‘character’ for size after a long gap. Tabu too fits into the shoes of her character. It is Shriya Saran, playing Vijay’s wife who seems a miss-fit for Ajay. The music too fails to make its own mark. The scenes of offbeat Goa have been captured beautifully and the stillness of the place compliments the story. The Malayalam ‘Drishyam’, and the Tamil remake ‘Papanasam’, both were written and directed by Jeethu Joseph. The Hindi remake, also called ‘Drishyam’, credits Joseph’s ‘original story’.

Hold onto your patience until it reaches the boiling point and then let the thrilling second half take over it. You won’t be disappointed for that wait.

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