Engrossing plot about innocence

Actress Tabu plays a tough top cop looking for answers to what happened to her missing son.
Actress Tabu plays a tough top cop looking for answers to what happened to her missing son.PHOTO: VIACOM18

The first 25 minutes of this film are all over the place. It does not help that the gorgeous Shriya Saran, who plays Vijay's wife in Drishyam (Visual/Sight), delivers her dialogue with what must be marbles in her mouth.

Then a nude video of a girl surfaces, a teenage boy blackmails her and a seemingly perfect world falls apart.

With that, Ajay Devgn, who plays the hapless girl's father, takes over the big screen. He has your attention with his brooding eyes and a quiet intensity with which he meticulously plans things to keep his family together and safe.

The arrival of Tabu as Meera, a top cop you never want to mess with, pits two excellent actors against each other.

With Vijay as her prime suspect, the grieving mother ignores all police protocol and brings in the entire family to get a confessional when the first round of investigations fails to yield any result.

Tabu can act with just her eyes, which pack so much anger, rage and menace that even if you want to feel for her, you do not. There are brutal, gut-wrenching scenes of a family being beaten up in front of one another. Vijay can do nothing as his wife and his daughters are violently punched.

  • REVIEW / THRILLER

  • DRISHYAM (PG)

    163 minutes/Now showing/ (3/5) stars

    THE STORY: In a village near Goa, cable company owner Vijay Salgaonkar's (Ajay Devgn) teenage daughter is blackmailed by a boy who filmed her secretly during a school camp. When the boy mysteriously disappears, Vijay, his wife (Shriya Saran) and his two daughters clash with Inspector General Meera Deshmukh (Tabu), a tough cop and the missing boy's mother.

A remake of the 2013 Malayalam- language hit of the same name, the movie raises questions about innocence and guilt.

Its engrossing plot and thrilling ending leave you thinking about how normal lives can sometimes change overnight.

While director Nishikant Kamat's direction needs some help in the first half in particular, there is nothing to fault in writer Jeethu Joseph's "original story", which is the stuff cult classics are made of.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2015, with the headline 'Engrossing plot about innocence'. Print Edition | Subscribe