Review: Drushyam 2

‘Drushyam 2’, the drama thriller, is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Produced by D Suresh Babu, Antony Perumbavoor and others, the film is a remake.

Story:
Rambabu (Venkatesh) is a theatre owner and an aspiring film writer-producer. A middle-aged man, he has for a company his doting wife Jyothi (Meena) and grown-up daughters Anju (Kruthika Jayakumar) and Anu (Esther).

Six years ago, he had covered up the murder of a young man to protect his elder daughter and wife from legal issues. Today, the cops are back in action to uncover the cover-up and ensure punishment for Rambabu and his family. Can they succeed?

Performances:
When ‘Narappa’ was released, Venkatesh said that it was an exhausting character to play. In ‘Drushyam 2’, he is mellowed. One good thing is that he maintains the subtlety of Mohanlal (the male protagonist of the original).
Meena doesn’t make much impact, while Kruthika and Esther fit the bill.

Sampath Raj plays the investigator, joined by Vinay Verma, who was most recently seen in ‘Aakashavani’. Nadhiya and VK Naresh play the couple who are yet to overcome the turmoil of their son’s death. 

Tanikella Bharani plays a filmmaker, while Chammak Chandra is an aspiring actor. Tagubothu Ramesh has a camo. Satyam Rajesh and Poorna are seen as husband and lawyer, respectively. Shafi plays a former criminal. 

Technical Departments:
Anup Rubens’ background music stays in tune with director Jeethu Joseph’s vision. The BGM is not stunning, though. Satheesh Kurup’s cinematography is both basic and cinematic, as the case may be. Marthand K Venkatesh’s editing could have been better.

Analysis:
The film is a faithful remake of ‘Drishyam 2’ (Malayalam). At 155 minutes (approximately), the thriller gains pace in the last 40 minutes.

The film is a sequel to ‘Drushyam’ (2014). Since it’s a much-loved thriller, we remember the incidents that happened in Rambabu’s life. Getting into the zone of this movie still becomes somewhat difficult because of the bland narration in the first half.

To spice up the proceedings, Jeethu Joseph (who is the director, story- and dialogue-writer of the movie) should have shortened the first half.
The accidental murder of a harasser is not what the investigation procedural is bothered about. It’s more about the acumen with which Rambabu acts. His family members, in this effort, have been given a raw deal. Anju and Anu, not to forget Jyoti, don’t have much to talk.

The final act of the movie is terrific. Despite the convenient writing, the film keeps our interest intact. Without causing distractions, the writer ensures that we track Rambabu’s intelligence steadily.

The courtroom scenes are minimal but they don’t take care of the nuances. Perhaps, the casting should have been better. The sequel doesn’t quite make us feel for the plight of the family members. The first part was more than adequate at that. That’s why we still remember it as a classic.

Bottomline:
‘Drushyam 2’ has an engaging second half. It could have been more engrossing had the plot been hefty.

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