Drishyam was a super hit in Malayalam and the film’s Telugu and Hindi remake versions too did well at box office. Jeethu Joseph who directed the original version came up with a sequel titled Drishyam 2 with Mohan Lal and Meena reprising their roles from the original. The makers opted for OTT release and it is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Did the sequel live up to the expectations?
After six years after the events of the Varun missing case, Georgekutty (Mohan Lal) and his family lead a happy life, though they still fear of being caught in the case. Georgekutty who runs a movie theatre in his township plans to produce a film with the story provided him and being developed with a senior writer. The neighbors who once sympathized with Georgekutty are now gossiping and propagating made-up stories destroying their goodwill as the present wealthy status of the family made them jealous. On the other hand, Inspector-general of police re-opens the case to prove Georgekutty and family are guilty in the case. Will he ever find the truth? Will Georgekutty’s tactics work this time? What’s the main motive behind his plans of making a film?
Director Jeethu Joseph is an expert in dealing thriller movies and Drishyam is a classic example of his writing and direction skills. However, like the first part, second part is not racy. Things go at slow pace, but there’s strong reason for all the drama in the first half. Last 30 to 40 minutes is an engaging watch with twists and turns in the story. However, the final twist will blow our minds for sure. However, a better screenplay with some commercial ingredients would have worked wonders for the film. Though the film features Malayalam industry’s biggest star Mohan Lal, the film was made on moderate budget, but that didn’t much impact on the output. Cinematography by Satheesh Kurup is decent, wherein Anil Johnson’s music is laudable. VS Vinayak’s editing work needs cuts in first half which was lengthy with unnecessary drama.
Onto artists, Mohan Lal is at his usual best. He appears to be a normal middle class man with big dreams of producing a film. He is simply brilliant in crucial scenes in second half. Meena is cool as Mohan Lal’s wife and she goes on cautions him about the case and his lavish spending for script-writing. Murali Gopi is remarkable as IG who reopens the case. Ansiba Hssan and ther Anil were good as Mohan Lal’s daughters. Others were okay.
Twists And Turns In Story
There’s huge risk involved in making sequels for super hit films, as expectations will be sky high and audiences don’t accept any shortcomings. Coming to Drishyam 2, the film doesn’t look as outstanding as original in the beginning due to slow take-off, but you will witness a series of thrilling elements in the second half which will surely make you forget about the slow-paced first half. Jeethu Joseph proves time and again what he is capable of.
The film starts off on slow note with establishment of Mohan Lal and family’s wealthy lifestyle which made neighbors jealous of them as they spread gossips on Varun missing case. Mohan Lal’s passion for cinema takes next level as he plans to make a film and is working on a script with a veteran writer. Though narration looks tedious here, motive behind all the activities will blow our mind in second half. Mohan Lal takes everything lightly which bothers his wife and family. Intermission is with a twist in the tale as a man recollects six years back memories of Mohan Lal coming out of under-construction police station with a shovel in his hand.
Things speed up in second half as police intensify the investigation. The real identity of a couple residing next to Mohan Lal’s is revealed and it tells the kind of work the police department did to unveil all the secrets. When you think, Mohan Lal is almost caught, there starts the real drama with his mission to protect family begins. The last 40 minutes is a rollercoaster ride with back to back twists in the tale. It’s completely unpredictable. The last portions indicate there’s possibility of Drishyam part 3.
On the whole, Drishyam 2 is an engaging thriller with sluggish narration in first half. The script is a fine example of connecting the dots convincingly. Most of the scenes have a purpose and Jeethu Joseph delivers an exciting puzzle. CJ goes with 2.75 stars and we recommend you to watch the film.