Director Nishikant Kamat’s DRISHYAM starts off with Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) waiting at Pandolem police station in Goa. The story, then goes into a flashback mode in which it mirrors all the events that led Vijay in the present day situation. Vijay Salgaonkar is a ‘fourth standard failed’ middle class hard working businessman, running a cable TV business. His life revolves around movies and his family consisting of his wife Nandini Vijay Salgaonkar (Shriya Saran), his teenage daughter (Ishita Dutta) and his younger daughter.
First things first. Writer Jitu Joseph needs to be applauded for having created such a flawless masterpiece that Bollywood, probably, has never witnessed before. When you are aboard on a ship named DRISHYAM, which has ‘powerhouse passengers’ like Ajay Devgn and Tabu, the responsibility of the captain becomes more than double. And this responsibility has been carried off and executed not just extremely well, but also in the most meticulous manner by the ‘captain’ of the ship Nishikant Kamat, who makes absolutely no mistake right from the first frame till the last one. He succeeds immensely in keeping the legacy of the film’s ‘vision’ alive. One really has to give it to him for keeping the audience on the edge of his seat, and not losing them even for a moment.
As far as the film’s performances are concerned, it is needless to say that the film belongs totally to Ajay Devgn and Tabu. They are the quintessential torchbearers of the film right from the word go. It is really heartening to see Ajay Devgn to underplay his usual self and yet come out a winner. One just cannot to afford to miss him in the scenes where he and his family recreate the entire events and incidents and also his helpless condition in the police station when his family gets beaten up mercilessly. His smoldering eyes emote effortlessly. On the other hand, Tabu plays an inspector with elan. At the same time, she also handles the role of a concerned mother with equal ease. With the kind of portrayal that she has done in the film, it becomes almost impossible to think of any other actress to have played this role with such flawless perfection. Shriya Saran, on the other hand, comes up with a winning performance in the role of Ajay Devgn’s wife.
There is hardly any scope for music. Still, Vishal Bhardwaj manages to deliver a handful of soothing tracks that go with the flow of the film and do not seem thrusted. It is the film’s background music (Sameer Phaterpekar) that acts as a major driving force in the narrative of the film. When a film is of a thriller genre with a ‘whodunit’ as its central theme, it’s editing becomes one of the key factors that can make or break the film. This film keeps it edgy. There is no single moment in the film suffers a lag. DRISHYAM is an absolute winner that keeps you hooked completely right till the end. It is definitely a must watch movie this weekend.