‘Drishyam’ – A South Indian movie


Netflix and Amazon Prime Video India have been trying to enhance their regional content. Decent storytelling and content that connect with the audiences are restricted to one language and travel beyond regions.

A Netflix India spokesman mentions that the viewing priorities of audiences have evolved. The platform has observed a trend of films and stories in a specific regional language revealing new audiences across India and worldwide.

The language barrier is not an issue anymore because of the availability of subtitles and dubbing.

That feeling you get when you make an excellent dosa and remember fluffy, perfect idli is precisely what you’re left with after watching “Drishyam” of Nishikant Kamat.

Drishyam movie is the Hindi remake of a Malayalam super hit by the same name, engineered by writer and director Arthur Joseph film was recently made in Tamil, as the gripping Papanasam.

In Hindi, the Drishyam movie is about a Marathi family, set in Goa and devoted to every scene from the original, including the numerous shots and frames. Kamat pares down a contrarily lengthy first half, which may not have been a great move.

This length was particularly significant to creating the central relationships between the lead actor and his family in the original version. Keeping other things aside, “Drishyam” has a terrific, killer plot, though it is inspired still.

Vijay SalgaOnkar (Ajay Devgn) is a 4th class fail, a movie enthusiast, and an audacious man who owns a cable business in a Goan village. He loves watching movies so much that he stays in his office all night, helping with every film scene. And then, when most people are going to work, in the morning, Vijay comes home to his wife, Nandini (Shriya Saran).

Joseph’s script is the real hero of DriShyam, in all three versions. While his story shares much in common with The Devotion of Suspect X, the plot is grasping, and the characters are intriguing.

We see a father with a heart of gold and realize that he is capable of devious scheming for all his goodness. Blemished against a mother who is equally determined and unrelenting.

The war between Vijay and Meera becomes a deadly contest embodying the grey areas between good and evil, moral and immoral, black and white, right and wrong. The main turning point of the crime — a truly tense moment in Drishyam is done away with too soon.

The impact is that with every scene of the Hindi Drishyam, you find yourself desiring the Malayalam and Tamil versions. All said and done, Kamath’s Dris proves to be a carbon copy.

There is a kick-ass political drama movie like ‘Malik’. A thriller like ‘Drishyam 2’. A clasping drama movie like ‘Sorrarai Pottru’. A high-powered crime thriller movie like ‘Kuruthi‘. A film like ‘Sarpatta Parambarai’ does a fantastic job of showcasing the hints of a micro-culture.

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