Drishyam | Movie Review 03 Aug 2015   1582


Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rajat Kapoor, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta
Direction: Nishikant Kamat
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 2 hours 43 minutes

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India (TOI):

The story revolves around the fourth-standard school drop-out Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay) who lives in Goa with his wife Nandini(Shriya) and their two daughters. He is a movie buff who runs a cable-video business. Crazy about cinema; he laughs, cries, plots and plans
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Drishyam reiterates the fact that when you have a gripping story, other things kind of fall in place, even if the film is somewhat at a disadvantage because of a fairly unsteady, under-confident execution. A fantastic story by Jeethu Joseph was earlier made in two other languages, Malayalam and Tamil
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Hindustan Times (HT):

Luck is everything. My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film. – Alfred Hitchcock
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Vijay Salgaonkar is a chauthi pass, anpadh gawaar cable guy, and the screenplay takes pains in never letting you forget that.
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Bollywood Hungama:

The last few weeks have been really good for Bollywood. It all started off with the magical BAHUBALI, which, despite being a dubbed film, went onto register huge figures at the ticket windows all over. This box-office magic was continued by Salman Khan starrer BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN.
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NDTV Movies:

Drishyam, a thriller that eschews the standard trappings of the suspense genre, is replete with surprises. That, however, is true only if you haven’t seen any of the four southern versions of the film, especially the recently released one in Tamil – Papanasam, starring Kamal Haasan in full flight.
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One of the big downsides to being an avid movie watcher in this age of information overload is that it’s hard to go into a film knowing virtually nothing about it. Trailers tend to give away too much.
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The Indian Express:

Drishyam sets us up for a couple of welcome things: a plot which piques our curiosity, and a leading man retracting from the brink. An unwelcome intruder disrupts the placid progression of a man devoted to his family, leading to a shocking event.
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India Today:

In a hilly town in Goa, cable company owner Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) lives with his wife Nandini (Shriya Saran) and two daughters. Vijay loves his family to the core and can do anything for them as long as it does not involve (too much) money.
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Several parts of Drishyam work but the film is more tackiness than craft, says Raja Sen. Some movies appear on our viewing doorstep carrying far too much baggage.
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A simpleton living his quite life, with values intact returns one morning to find his family in shock. He quickly picks up the pieces, literally, and goes about setting things right. All the while, he is thinking on his feet on how to save his family from this unholy mess.
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