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Drishyam Review: Tabu and Ajay Devgn Shine in This Imperfect Picture

In a hilly town in Goa, cable company owner Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) lives with his wife Nandini (Shriya Saran) and two daughters. Vijay loves his family to the core and can do anything for them as long as it does not involve (too much) money. Salgaonkar stays away from his family on most nights. The phone’s off the hook all night and there’s no way for his family to reach Vijay if there’s an emergency. No,, there’s no paramour here. Vijay’s only liaison is with films. This ‘IVth fail’ orphan is loved by all the residents of the town, save a certain police officer Gaitonde (Kamlesh Sawant). Gaitonde’s corruptness meets a tough contender in Vijay’s straight-backed-ness, and the latter let’s slip no opportunity to douse the former with vitriol.

In Vijay’s happy family life, there arrives a Sam. Stalker par excellence, and after Anju’s (Vijay’s elder daughter) happiness. A bizarre turn of events lands this Sam, the son of Inspector General Meera Deshmukh (Tabu), among the ‘missing’. The story takes numerous twists and turns, much like Goa’s serpentine roads, and finally, it reaches a climax. One, which leaves you with a ‘What the…’. Take it whichever way you want to.

Director Nishikant Kamat’s Hindi remake of the 2013 Malayalam Drishyam has many praiseworthy parts, and even more bleh-inducing ones. Touted as an edge-of-the-seat thriller, this Drishyam does take you to the edge of the seat occasionally, only to push you back to comfort. The film sees some classy acting by its two leads, Ajay Devgn, and Tabu. While Ajay manages to convey his honest do-gooder well, Tabu’s shades-of-grey policewoman act is first-rate. On screen, the electric chemistry between the two is palpable to the hilt. But that’s hardly enough to redeem this Drishyam.

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