Drishyam: Ajay Devgn lacks the Finesse of Mohanlal in the Original
By Fresh Box Office Network
Jun 29, 2017
Drishyam features the iconic pair of Ajay Devgn and Tabu once again, after 18 years. A remake of the Malayalam film of the same name by Jeethu Joseph, Mohanlal had portrayed the nuances of a desperate common man shackled by corrupt police forces in a much more convincing manner than we see Devgn doing. Maybe his previous films like Singham have had an effect on him.
Devgn is the quintessential good family man. However, when his daughter’s modesty is compromised, he takes up a violent path, but with caution. Tabu plays the IAS officer who fails in bringing up her son by the right values. But you would feel sorry for the incredible Rajat Kapoor who plays Tabu’s husband without anything to add to his role. Coming to Shriya Saran, one wonders why she was cast as the mother of two daughters, one of which is already a teenager. The pair adds nothing to the film. Mohanlal, on the contrary, did not let his star power affect the role at all. It was his desperateness that made the performance so relatable. Sadly, in spite of a good script, that is one thing which is not present in Ajay Devgn’s performance.
Tabu maintains a poker face throughout the film. You would see her as a femme fatale in some while in the others she gets all weak in the knees over the disappearance of her son and falls on her husband for support. The pain of a mother does not really come through as it should have. Kamlesh Sawant plays Inspector Gaitonde who, because of exposure of his corrupt practices by Vijay, is eager to put him behind bars by pinning the disappearance on him.
Drishyam could have been so much more than just another Ajay Devgn thriller. Too bad, in spite of a good script, that does not happen.