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Drishyam (2015)

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9/10: Ma'am, this family is even tougher than we thought
Monday, November 13, 2017

It's easy to feel conflicted about the story presented by "Drishyam". After all, there's an unjustified death that took place, and an entire family gets behind a plan to cover it up. To my thinking, the kid Sam was a victim of manslaughter and not attempted murder, but not knowing how the law deals with these things in India, I'd have to assume that the penalty would have been almost as severe as actual homicide. When Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) decides that he'll pull out all the stops to protect his family, the intrigue and suspense mounts in this rather offbeat thriller.The other facet of this story that baffles me somewhat is why teenage daughter Anju (Ishita Dutta) became so distraught over the cell phone video. At first one doesn't know under what circumstances she was recorded, but it's eventually revealed that she merely went into a bathroom to change her clothes and...

10/10: Good movie
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) is an orphan who dropped out of school after his 4th grade. Now he is a contented successful businessman running a cable TV service called Mirage Cable in Pondolem, Goa. He is married to Nandini (Shriya Saran), and they have two daughters, Anju, his adopted daughter (Ishita Dutta), a class twelve student, and Anu, a class six student. His only interest apart from his family is watching films. He spends most of his time in front of the TV in his small office. He has gained much fame in his rural area for helping people out with the help of methods he watched from films. During a nature camp, a hidden cell phone camera records Anju removing her clothes and showering in the bathroom. The culprit, Sam aka Sameer (Rishabh Chaddha), is the son of Inspector General of Goa Police, Meera Deshmukh (Tabu). Sam comes to blackmail Anju for sexual favors when Vijay is not home...

6/10: Family Plot
Monday, May 7, 2018

Whilst taking part in the French film challenge on ICM in April,a friend told me about a Bollywood Thriller he had seen on Netflix. Finding the long run time to be an interruption with the challenge,I decided to save the title for viewing on the May Day Bank Holiday.View on the film:Re-making Jeethu Joseph's 2013 Malayalam film Drishyam, director Nishikant Kamat & cinematographer Avinash Arun gather round the Salgaonkar's with artful group shots that capture the sharp intake of breath over they each take over telling the correct lies. Digging up the family secrets, Kamat and Arun dip the film in deep red lights and long shadows that steam up a gritty atmosphere over the battle of wits between Vijay and Meera Deshmukh. Holding tightly on to his family, Ajay Devgn gives a great performance as Vijay, whose roar of aggression when family is threatened is threaded by Devgn with a calculating calmness.Swaggering...

5/10: Scene to scene copy of original
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Drishyam was first made in Malyalam and then recently it was made in Tamil as Papanasam and in Telugu and other languages as well. Director is Nishikant Kamat who gave us Mumbai Meri Jaan(2008) and FORCE(remake of Kaakha Kaakha) The film almost just replicates the original Drishyam almost scene to scene with a few minor changes, like the religion In the original Mohanlal was a catholic, here Ajay is a hindu(thankfully no artificial catholic character), Also in place of going for a retreat there go for a Ashram trip. The film is set in Goa, thankfully no focus on beaches and bars.etc yet there are some stereotypes like the character of Martin who runs Martins corner, he offers the cop a beer at breakfast. But this can be ignored. the film keeps you on the edge though it does lag behind compared to the original yet it is watchableDirection is decent, though most of the film...

7/10: Intelligent but tiresome
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

This film's entire conceit lies in the plots between the protagonist's family and the corrupt police force. The sneaky cat-and-mouse game stretches them to their limits as they attempt to outmaneuver each other in more and more daring ways. The schemes are intelligent and demand close viewing, as more is revealed gradually throughout the film, culminating in surprising plot twists near the end. However, the film relies too much on revealing the family's scheme and it gets tiresome to watch the same thing over and over - how many times can I see someone buying "pav bhaji" to get receipts? The characters seem to fulfil only the most basic archetypes - stoic family man, brutally corrupt cop, weeping wife, evil stalker (who, by the way, was too dumb to live) and so on. Although the film had good points, its runtime leaned too heavily on the same clever schemes at the expense of character development and other...

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