Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Drishyam

Revised from to 4.5, based on popular feedback

Cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Siddique, Asha Sarath, Kalabhavan Shajon, Ansiba Hassan, Esther
Genre: Family Drama – Thriller
Direction: Jeethu Joseph
Production: Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Ashirvad Cinemas
Cinematographer: Sujith Vassudev
Music: Anil Johnson and Vinu Thomas
Duration: 2 hours 43 minutes
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)
  

Drishyam (ദൃശ്യം) is a 2013 family drama-thriller Malayalam film written and directed by  Jeethu Jospeh starring Mohanlal and Meena in the lead roles. The film starts with a tag line that “Visuals can be deceiving” and it actually lives up to it. George Kutty (wonderfully essayed by Mohanlal) is an orphan and 4th class dropout who is running a local Cable TV network. He is a big movie buff who watches movies in a much focused manner and many of his decisions are influenced by the same. The movie portrays good family moments where George Kutty tries to be stingy (he has his own justifications for the same) and his wife Rani (Meena) occasionally demands of shopping, enjoying movie in a theater and food in a restaurant.

George Kutty, Rani and their two kids Anju (Ansiba Hassan) and Anu (Esther) together form a beautiful family picture until an unprecedented event hits them. The audience gets completely absorbed in the twist of events that begin to unfold from the end of the first half. The second half is more like a thriller and is about how the family, despite the vengeful villainy of a corrupt cop Sahadevan (Kalabhavan Shajon), stands its ground even as the law takes its course. The psychological cat-and-mouse game that ensues between George Kutty and the lady IPS officer Geetha Prabhakaran (Asha Sarath) has several moments that thriller buffs will dig into with delight. What is appreciable however is the adversary's acceptance of defeat, and the eventual respect that the two develop for each other. Prabhakaran (Siddique), husband of Geeta Prabhakaran also plays a vital role who seems to have non-biased approach. The movie doesn’t try to justify what is right and wrong. It showcases the journey of a head of the family who protects his family by all means.

Sujith Vaasudev was successful in capturing the visual beauty of Rajakkad-Idukki. Music scored by Anil Johnson and Vinu Thomas was good. The editor's table was safe with Ayoob Khan. Overall, the movie Drishyam has been packaged well.