Inspired by Japanese crime-writer, Keigo Higashino’s novel The Devotion of Suspect X, Drishyam was originally adapted in Malayalam.
That version went on to become a blockbuster, paving the way for copies. The latest is Nishikant Kamat’s #Bollywood adaptation that has adequate promise.
The story revolves around the fourth standard school dropout Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay) who lives in Goa with his wife Nandini and their two daughters and he is a movie buff who runs a cable-video business.
Crazy about cinema; he laughs, cries plots and plans or for that matter even allows films to dictate his sexual desire. All in all, Vijay has a blissed-out existence.
Till his teenage daughter Anu(Ishita) goes for a inter school nature camp. There she encounters Sameer Deshmukh the son of IG, Meera Deshmukh and the brat shoots a video clip of the naive girl in the shower.
On their return home, crafty Sam seeks to trade ‘favours’ from Anu. The teenagers are negotiating when an untoward incident occurs, leaving Anu stumped and her family in a fix.
The film gathers momentum as an interesting chase ensues between the cops headed by Sam’s mum, the Inspector General of Police and Anu’s father, Vijay.
Though the first half feels sluggish, the pace kicks in when Tabu, the hard-nosed cop enters. Since all evidence from the time her son goes missing, points to the Salgaonkars, she bays for their blood, like a wounded lioness.
A suspense drama with a nail biting finish, Drishyam holds the viewer by the eyeballs till its’ engaging climax.
Ajay, who is the prey here, shines in his role of the protective father. While his family definitely needed to be cast in a more discerning fashion, half a star in this review is reserved for Tabu, who is outstanding as his predator.