When Jeethu Joseph made “Drishyam” no one would have expected it to turn it into such a big blockbuster that would go on to be remade in multiple languages. The accusation of lifting the core idea from “The Devotion of Suspect X” will always remain and despite interviews claiming otherwise; the nagging suspicion will always remain for people who read the novel. A few years later when “Kolaigaaran” was made in Tamil; the director acknowledged the influence of the novel in the credits. If you have not seen “Drishyam-2” please do not read any further.
In “Drishyam” we were introduced to the family-man George Kutty played by Mohanlal, his wife Rani and their two school-going daughters; one a teenager Anju and the other a small girl Anumol . George Kutty is a local cable-operator and a self-made man who worked very hard to become a prosperous man and buy land in the region and work as a farmer. At a school educational trip, Varun the son of a police officer shoots a video of Anju bathing on his mobile phone and threatens to upload it on the Internet unless she grants him sexual favours. Rani and Anju confront Varun and when Varun threatens to molest Rani, Anju hits Varun on the head with a log. Varun dies. From here on the story gathers pace as George Kutty takes various measures to safeguard his family and disposes Varun’s body. Varun’s mother Geetha Prabhakar an IG of police sets things in motion and spearheads an investigation. How George Kutty and his family handle all the investigative pressure and evade the various tactics employed by the police-force to find the truth forms the basis of the first movie.
In “Drishyam-2” the story moves forward by six years. George Kutty is now a rich man owning a cinema theatre. He is also keen on producing a movie and is in talks with a respected screen-writer. We are introduced to several new characters a bickering couple who are George and Rani’s neighbours – Saritha and Sabu. Anju is traumatized and has epileptic fits and she is also afraid of the mere mention of the police. She is undergoing treatment to overcome her trauma and is supported by her parents. Meanwhile Anumol is studying in a boarding school in another city.
All through this we observe that the police are still keeping tabs on George Kutty and family. A new IG – Thomas Bastin – played by Murali Gopy is now spearheading the investigation.
The movie moves at a slow pace for the first 45 minutes or so and we are constantly dreading that something bad is going to happen to George’s family. Around the interval-time we are made aware of certain secrets that shock us and reveal the identities of some people. We also are introduced to a convict who has been released from jail who has an interesting secret to reveal. In the first part, the audience knows that the body has been buried in the police station that was under construction. Based on the convict’s statement the station floor is dug up and a skeleton is found.
George is now arrested. Is George finally punished for his crime and is he sentenced to death? Are Rani and Anju implicated in the case as well? To find these answers, you have to watch the movie. Well – am sure that most of you would have seen the movie and George walks away scot-free again.
Some questions to ponder:
- Is emotional penance sufficient punishment for a crime? (Thanks to Narayanan Sheshadri sir for this thought).
- Would you continue to remain in a place that has traumatised you and your family to such a great extent? Would you not move to another place?
- Where does an individual’s right to privacy begin and end? Is the State free to monitor anyone that it chooses to place under surveillance?
- What is the interpretation of the body, its soul, and their connection? If certain rites and rituals are not performed will the soul never find peace?
- How far will you go to protect the ones you love?
- For someone who is under surveillance using bugs; would not the police track his movement?
- Yet again a movie which portrays the police falling flat on its face and the judiciary making a statement warning the police to be extra vigilant. It is demoralizing and for a case that’s personally handled by an IG and his select team – it is a shabby investigation that is completely derailed by “one switch”.
Irrespective of all these thoughts that may seem negative or be like shortcomings; the movie is shouldered brilliantly by Mohanlal who just emotes with his eyes and silence. Some sequences that are meant to be comic relief between husband and wife seem forced and artificial. Murali Gopy has tremendous screen presence and have always enjoyed his acting. Hoping to see more of him as an actor and not a writer or director. A great win for Amazon Prime. Enjoy the movie 😊.