Mollywood star Mohanlal’s Drishyam 2 is remade in Telugu as Drushyam 2 by Malayalam director Jeethu Joseph. Starring Venkatesh, Meena, Kruthika, Ester Anil in the lead roles, the film had a direct OTT release on Amazon Prime Video today. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: Drushyam 2 opens where the first installment ended. Six years later Rambabu(Venkatesh), who was seen as a cable TV operator in the first part will be seen as a theatre owner in the second installment. The police department which is under deep stress for not being able to crack Varun’s murder mystery will start re-investigation on the case. In the process, the cops will target Rambabu’s family once again. How will Rambabu face the circumstances and save his family? Forms the rest of the story.
Performances: Venkatesh literally lived in the given role and gave a good performance. His ease in acting as a protective father carries the feel of the movie nicely.
Meena is decent with her screen presence as Rambabu’s wife. Kruthika and Ester Anil did their part quite convincingly. Other noted actors like Sampath, Naresh, Nadiya, Satyam Rajesh are okay in their respective roles.
Technicalities: Anup Rubens has composed music for the movie. The film has one situational song and is passable on the screen. Coming to background score, Anup tried nothing new but tilted towards original sounding scored by Anil Johnson which is apt for the film’s genre.
Cinematography work is fine and so is the case with the editing by Marthand K Venkatesh.
While the production design is okay, production values are adequate for this star-studded movie.
Analysis: Malayalam director Jeethu Joseph directs Drushyam 2. As the Malayalam version ended up as a blockbuster, the director remade the film in Telugu with Venkatesh. Literally, Drushyam 2 is a scene by scene adoption of the original version.
It is Venkatesh’s screen presence and his natural acting which makes difference in this remake. Though the initial episodes run at a slow pace, Venky’s presence and his comic timing make us watch the show. Compared to the first installment, the second part has more emotional content which will be liked by the audience who did not watch the original version.
To summerize, Drushyam 2 is a passable family thriller that has some good performances from the lead actors. While the first-half run at a slow pace, the racy screenplay in the second half makes Drushyam 2 a passable watch for the viewers.
Verdict: Venky’s presence makes difference!