Director: Jeetu Joseph
Cast: Daggubati Venkatesh, Meena, Kritika, Esther Anil, Nadia, Naresh, Sampath Raj
Not every movie can be turned into an endless franchise. Some, like Bond Adventures, have managed to keep us hooked, mainly because they have a completely different storyline each time they come along. In the case of Mohanlal starrer Malayalam film Drishyam, the second part was submerged in water and looked weak. Of course, the actor, who has managed to maintain his star status, was as brilliant in part two as he was in one. Both one and two were directed by Jeetu Joseph.
Now, Drishyam 2 has been remade in Telugu as Drishyam 2 (played by Joseph, and now on.) Amazon Prime Video) – with Daggubati Venkatesh reprising the character played by Mohanlal. The Andhra Pradesh star was also seen in the first edition of 2014, which was directed by Sripriya. At that time, a producer-writer friend of mine said that Venkatesh was not really as good as Mohanlal.
In fact, when the Tamil version of Drishyam 1 was released – titled Papanasam, also starring Joseph – Kamal Haasan, who reprized the part of Mohanlal, the Malayalam hero, became little less than a humble cable operator, whose ideas came from innumerable. Keep watching movies.
One may ask why is it that Papanasam directed Joseph, who did Malayalam Drishyam, was not as good. I remember Joseph telling me that Kamal wanted to build strong emotions into his character. I felt it robbed the core value of Papanasam.
Mind you, Georgekutty (Mohanlal) was a clever man, and knew how best to play his game of chess with the police. Mohanlal called this man T. Not lotus at all. Similarly, Venkatesh in Drishyam 2 in Telugu does not come close to Mohanlal’s talent in the Malayalam version of Drishyam 2.
Be that as it may, Mohanlal’s amazing performance (but of course) notwithstanding, Drishyam 2 in Malayalam – as a cable operator who graduated to own a cinema theatre, a good house And with a great car – it wasn’t as compelling as part one.
So, what is the story of Venkatesh in Drishyam 2? Here Rambabu (Venkatesh) has started drinking after earning some money from his new business. This enrages his wife, Jyoti (Meena), but the man never fights when it comes to protecting his family with two daughters, Anju (Kritika) and Anu (Esther Anil).
He has an ambition. He has a story and script ready and wants to make a film. The plot is published as a book, and later, it will turn the tide in his favor. The old case of the disappearance of Varun (the Inspector General’s son), with his body never found – although viewers will remember that it was buried beneath the newly constructed police station, a place men in khaki never dreamed of seeing. Still a subject of local gossip, Rambabu’s growing prosperity fueled jealousy.
When a new police chief takes charge in Rambabu’s town, the case against him reopens, and a game of cat-and-mouse begins with Varun’s parents flying to America, where retired cops The chief and her husband were gone.
Rambabu’s peaceful family life comes under scrutiny once again, with Anju suffering an epileptic seizure after a painful police interrogation in part one of Drushyam. His condition worsened with renewed fear, but Rambabu had resolved that, whatever happens, he would protect his people.
Drishyam 2 explains how he does it, but this part lacks the pulse-fast stimulation seen in the first version. There are some situations that are a little hard to believe, and the court scene is just too dull and dreary. The fire we saw earlier is missing. This is a clear indication that both Georgekutty and Rambabu have exceeded their charisma. Yes, Mohanlal shines in both, not Venkatesh, who seems a little lost without his sweet moments.
(Gautman Bhaskaran is a writer, commentator and film critic)