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Malayalam Movie Review: 'Drishyam'

DC | Dalton L | December 22, 2013, 09.12 am IST

Film: Drishyam
Actors: Mohanlal, Meena, Kalabhavan Shajon, Siddique, Ansiba, Esther
Director: Jeethu Joseph
Rating: Three stars

Chronic movie buffs have minds that bustle with a zillion clever ideas. 'Drishyam' (Seeing) itself, suspiciously, is the result of such. Its protagonist uses ideas from the movies he’s watched to continuously outfox the entire police outfit.

Cable TV owner, Georgekutty (Mohanlal), has been schooled only up to standard four and does not read the daily news. But he’s good natured, and knows everyone and everything. On a day when he isn’t at home, his wife Rani (Meena) and daughters Anju (Ansiba) and Anu (Esther) get their hands dirty. Something terrible happens by accident that shouldn’t have.

The success of the scripting and dialogues lies in its effectiveness in empathizing with the common man. The wife and kids desire a better lifestyle. But the man of the house is a little tight with his purse, for he has larger hopes and dreams. They are an ordinary family which commits a mistake that could happen to anyone and find themselves locked up in an inescapable situation. The antagonist here is the supposed enforcers of the laws.

The opening take is very long, and stylish; and seemingly meaningless. The camera stares at the passengers in a moving bus till all the credits roll up the screen. Then, it gets down, and follows a man. When he enters a teashop, the camera walks around him, and observes his expressions as he orders a tea and converses. What the cameraman found so interesting in a bit actor may appear as something of a mystery. Until one realizes: it’s just the producer doing a cameo.

The shots when people are seated around a table are unimaginative; mostly static. And ensure that some of the actors shift uneasily in their seats, clueless on what they ought to be doing with their hands. The lighting on certain occasions adds to the comedy: the hot fumes from the HMI bulbs actually float over the heads of the actors.

Keeping with the circumstances, the mother and daughters change the color of their respective skins. Kalabhavan Shajon too, in the role of the bad guy, a cop, puts up a striking performance. But the limelight belongs entirely to Mohanlal. Like the versatile greats of Hollywood, this actor possesses such a vast repertoire that he isn’t required to always attempt the radically new to stamp his towering persona.

Jeethu Joseph’s cat-and-mouse thriller, comprising elements that aren’t exactly fresh, underscores the necessity of street smartness and alternate sources of information, for survival. And sprinkles glitter on the megastar.


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by Joe Thaliath (not verified) on
Have you even watched the movie ? This is not how someone should be reviewing a movie ! Thumbs down to DC and the writer . A big thumbs up for the movie ! Focus on the technicalities of a movie after analysing the story script and the emotions it instills in a viewer! Who gives a damn about the lighting when you are forced to clap hands N number of times during the movie! Movie of a Lifetime!
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by ustaad (not verified) on
Well it is not the critics fault they give only good reviews if you pay them thats why some stupid movies like chennai express and dhoom 3 are praised by these mindless freaks just ignore these vagabonds
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Drishyam is Director Jeethu Joseph’s fourth venture after hugely successful memories with Pritviraj. His debut as director was the investigation thriller Detective which had interesting plot but execution was not up to the mark. But he improved drastically after each film and Drishyam can be considered as his best till date. His three films are thrillers and he delivers best in this genre. After Memories now he is considered one of leading and very promising among new comers. http://thevibrationsmusic.blogspot.in/2013/12/drishyam-2013-malayalam-movie-review.html
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ഹാഫ് ടൈം കഴിഞ്ഞ ശേഷം ഞാൻ കാന്നുനത് സിനിമ അന്ന് എന്ന് ഞാൻ മറന്നു പോയി ഞാൻ അപ്പോൾ ആഗ്രഹിച്ച ഒരു കാര്യാ ആണ് സഹദേവന് എന്നാ ഷാരോണ്‍ ഇ തീയട്ര്രിൽ കാണാനേ എന്നൂ അങ്ങനെ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നെങ്കിൽ ഞാൻ ayalle അടിക്കും അയിരുന്നൂ inagan ഈദികനം എന്ന് മനസ്സിൽ തോനിയപോൾ ഞാൻ തൻ എന്റെ മനസിനോട് പറഞ്ഞു അയാൾ ഒരു അഭിനേതാവ് മാത്രമാണെന്ന് അപ്പോൾ എന്റെ മനസ് എനോട് പറഞ്ഞത് ഇങ്ങനെ ആണ് നെ അയാളെ അടികുംപോൾ നെ സഹാടെവാൻ മാരെ പോലെയുള്ള പോലീസ് കാരെ ആണ് അടികുന്നത് ഷാരോണിനെ അല്ല അത് കൊണ്ട് അയാളെ കൈയില കിട്ടിയാൽ അടികണം ഞാൻ തീയട്ര്രിൽ നിനും ഇറങ്ങുമ്പോൾ അയാളെ അടികണം എന്നാ തീരുമാനത്തോടെ ആണ് ഇറങ്ങിയത്‌ അല്ല അടികുന്നത് സ്വപ്നം കണ്ടു കൊണ്ടാണ് ഞാൻ ഡ്രൈവ് ചെയ്തത് പോലും ഇപ്പോൾ സഹാടെവനെ കുറിച്ച് ഒര്കുമ്പോൾ എന്തോ ഒരു വിഷമം മനസ്സിൽ ഉണ്ട് എന്റെ പ്രിയ ശരോനെ എന്റെ മനസിനെ ഒന്ന് തൃപ്തി പെടുത്താൻ എങ്കില്ലും ഞാൻ തന്നെ ഒന്ന് അടിച്ചോട്ടെ ? ഇ അടി ഷാരോണ്‍ എന്ന നടനുള്ള ഓസ്കാർ ആണ് സഹദേവൻ മാരെ പോലെയുള്ള പോലീസ് കര്കുള്ള തകിയതും താങ്ക്സ് ജിത്തു സർ അങ്ങയുടെ ഇ കഴിവിനെ പുകഴ്ത്താൻ ഞാൻ അല്ലല്ല അങ്ങ് എടുത്ത ഇ സിനിമ ഞാൻ ജീവിതത്തിൽ കണ്ട ഏറ്റവും നല്ല സിനിമ ആണോ എന്നെനികരിയില്ല ബട്ട്‌ ഞാൻ ഒരു സിനിമ കണ്ടപോൽ ഇത് സിനിമ ആണ് എന്ന എൻറെ ബോധം നഷ്ടപെടുത്തിയ ഒന്നാമത്തെ സിനിമ ആണ് ഇതുവരെ, എന്റെ മനസിനെ അങ്ങ് കീഴ്പെടുത്തി അത് ജിത്തു സർ അങ്ങയുടെ കഴിവ് ത്തനെ , എന്റെ കഴിവുകെടനെങ്കിൽ പോലും സൂപ്പർ ജിത്തു സർ ലാലേട്ടനെ കുറിച്ച് പറയാൻ ഞാൻ ആളല്ല താങ്ക്സ് very very താങ്ക്സ് ദൃശ്യം ടീം ഞാനും ഇപ്പോൾ ആ ടീം ൽ ഒരു മെമ്പർ അന്ന് എന്ന പൂർണ വിശ്വാസത്തോടെ രാജേഷ്‌ നെടുമ്പന
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by Ranjini Menon (not verified) on
Is this a review? Are u kidding me??? There is nothing about the movie that Dalton L speaks of! "underscores the necessity of street smartness???" what is this! Shame on you! Terrible review I must say!
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by prasanthab (not verified) on
Dont spoil good films.review is not a thing that making others feel that "i am a review writer,i know all technical aspects of film and I am capable of writing reviews"
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by ajesh p (not verified) on
heee heeee heeee heeee hoooo hoooo hoooo heeee hoooo heeee hoooo heee hooooo hoooo heeee hoooo heeee hoooo eeee
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by vasudev (not verified) on
After long time I am seeing a movie in theater and wow!what a movie.Full credits to the actors, director and technicians. I am happy that I saw the move in the theater itself and enjoyed all the moments. An entirely different approach and it succeeded well. Khudos to team Jithu!
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by Ajeesh Ashraf.P (not verified) on
I pity you.. Dalton..you should have shown more justice to your work.
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by Mridhun (not verified) on
kudos to the writer of this review for proving that you don need any knowledge about what you say to become a critic!! I feel sad to say a newspaper of deccan chronicle standards stooped to a level where in they criticize a truly good movie.. if you want to talk about technical details of a movie I might as well challenge you on board for the same coz I understand you don know any nuances about movies. I may not have directed or been a part of any movies but in my lifetime I can assure you I have collected and watched movies which account for more than what you will do in a life time. This movie caught my attention through each and every frame they depicted. I feel to say a movie I would name with the same breath as of shawshank redemption and co when it comes to thrillers. Regarding jeethu joseph we should be proud of having such a director ( he proved the same with the mode of killing in detective and the shots of "memories") when it comes to thrillers ( apart from "My Boss" which was a loosely adapted copy in my eyes of "The Proposal" ).Asha Sharath has been a revelation in the movie. Shajoon showed what he is really capable off and is here to stay. All the cast played exceedingly well and the script and story was like hand in glove. Cant talk about Mohan Lal though as I don think I can ever reach a point to even talk about him ( God knows how he pulls it off and he really is an institution of acting )- Overall This is a Must Watch with a much better higher and sensible rating than what you gave..
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by shameem (not verified) on
Dalton, now you have officially replaced the top contender in my all time idiots list.. Film review is not your forte dear.. get a life..!!
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by Lakshmi (not verified) on
Most pathetic review ever read. Are you trying to review the movie or show of your technical knowledge. If the story is as catchy as this movie, no body will even notice your HMI bulbs and all Dalton. First learn how to do your job than giving stupid complaints on such a good work
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by Lakshmi Dash (not verified) on
Most pathetic review ever read. Are you trying to review the movie or show of your technical knowledge. If the story is as catchy as this movie, no body will even notice your HMI bulbs and all Dalton. First learn how to do your job than giving stupid complaints on such a good work
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by aneesh dash (not verified) on
I don't know, some stupids are laughing at this movie.Will they are able to come out with such an wonderful script, direction, acting and other vital works of the film.Or any one of this?
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by elias (not verified) on
Which idiot wrote this review? Dont pretend to be a man who knows everything about cinema. It is a really good movie in all respect.
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by prada (not verified) on
I just watched the movie... and it was a late night show. I was scared tht i may sleep through the entire movie.. but the movie had me hooked till the last scene. this is a terrible critique of the movie - you just do not base an entire review on technical aspects alone.
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by Maju Kurian (not verified) on
Dear critic, better you consult a psychiatrist at the earliest, you have brain damage or no brain at all. stop doing this mockery or just start a butcher shop
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by eldho jacob bathery (not verified) on
hats off jithu sir.. after classmates i have come across a good script.. superb...... no words to say... thanks for the entire team...
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by Tony Joy Chalakudy (not verified) on
Drishyam...!! Wonderful script... Outstanding Dialogues... Perfect Casting... Superb Acting... Good Message... Stunning Climax... Sharp Direction... Excellent work by Jeethu Joseph & Mohanlal...!!
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by Pussy (not verified) on
Shit of a review for a gem of a movie
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by SreeNair (not verified) on
I saw Drishyam today only. A top class thriller, and each link is well joined. I could not understand why this review is saying so negative about this film. Either the person who wrote have not seen the movie, or he/she does not know anything about a good movie. Sorry to read such a review in Deccan.
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by rakesh v (not verified) on
Seat edge thriller !!!! Movie of de year ! Brilliant screen play !
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by dil (not verified) on
drishyam is exactly a copy movie like all other jithu joseph filim....... why malayalies still cant understand that
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by Rajesh (not verified) on
Drishyam Is family thriller ,and the sequence of the story narration is also excellent .and I doubt the author of this article watched this movie.And the review he wrote is just hearing from someone who is really addicted to south Indian low class Masalas..
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by Sachin Antony (not verified) on
How on earth could you criticise such a good film?is there anyone who supports him?He better consult a psychologist or else quit the job.i feel this review totally unjustified.
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by Jobin George (not verified) on
Hey, Kindly watch movie before writing or commenting. Studid review
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by Ano (not verified) on
Movie is a very well executed movie., But the concept or some dialogues that the hero tells does not set the best example, In my opinion Mohanlal slowly becomes sort of Anti hero, and in the last scene with meena, He even tells "If we think like that (Like Meena thinks) we cant survive in this world)"..Hope the film could have been told in a more ethical way.
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by joe Canada (not verified) on
Drishyam, ofcourse a family thriller captures the full attention and sympathy from the viewers for the innocent victim and her family. Jithu has done it wonderfully to make it a commercial hit by cleverly considering the targeted population and the chosen actors.Congrats Jitu for the commercial success for the filim.Many scenes resembles Mohanlals previous family hits from Blessy and others, Though?!..
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by Amal P Prahlad (not verified) on
This is the most bad review that i had seen y u r giving importants to technical side..... drisham is the most beautiful movie of 2014


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