It's a film which captures your attention, thanks to its screenplay, sans any deviation.
Movie Review :
Drushyam is an ode to classic style of filmmaking - clinical in its approach and hits just about the perfect notes to keep the audience hooked, without much gimmickry. One might argue that the story or the characters themselves in the film are too simple to warrant a closer look. However, this is precisely where the film triumphs to keep the proceedings going. Moreover, in recent times, Drushyam is the closest a writer has ever got while pulling off the rug beneath our feet right in the middle of all the action.
Towards the middle of the film, the subtext becomes apparent and that single-handedly makes the lead character's modus operandi, a sublime experience. The film begins as an ordinary story about an ordinary man, Rambabu (Venkatesh), who's content with his life. He runs a cable TV service in a village, where almost everyone, except a police constable, Veerabharam (Ravi Kale), has a good impression about him. His doting wife Jyothi (Meena) and daughters Anu (Kruthika) and Anju (Esther) mean the world to him. One day, his seemingly perfect life gets shattered when Jyothi and Anu get into a big trouble and the rest of the story is about how Rambabu takes upon the onus to save his family.
A deeper look into the subtext of the film reveals the extent to which people go to keep their loved ones out of trouble, even if it means embracing their grey side. Innocence takes a backseat and even the younger characters are sucked into the whirlpool. And the moment Rambabu's modus operandi is revealed, the fact that Jeethu Joseph, who wrote the original script in Malayalam, was clever enough to take you for a ride, hits you like a fireball. It's all so effortlessly done that you might even wonder if you have missed something all along. No wonder, the film comes across like an odd one out amidst a deluge of 'entertainers', which leave no stone unturned to make us laugh. There are no laughs in Drushyam, except for that content smile which remains on your face in the end for having watched a sensible film.
This is not to say that Drushyam is completely flawless. The screenplay is so good that it covers up for the mundane visuals and at times, loud background score. One would expect a little ingenuity in terms of cinematography, since the film is a thriller with plenty of suspense. While the emotion amongst the family members is genuinely heart-felt for the most part, there are times when it appears staged and that feeling of togetherness appears only during the more melodramatic scenes.
It's easily one of the better roles Venkatesh has essayed in a long time and he holds the film together until the end. Meena and Naresh have done a commendable job, along with Raghu Kale and Sameer. Nadia's stellar performance is another silver lining in the film and she brings plenty of gravitas to her role as a police officer. Drushyam is a fine beginning for director Sri Priya, who shows great promise in handling some of the film's most tense scenes.
Leave aside romantic notions that Drushyam is truly a different film because it's devoid of all those commercial elements which we have got used to over the years. It's a film which captures your attention, thanks to its screenplay, sans any deviation. The film's biggest achievement is that it respects our intelligence and reinforces the principle that story-telling isn't a dying art.