Mohanlal’s Drishyam, directed by Jeethu Joseph, is one perfect film that manages to keep you glued to the screen till the last frame. Eight years later, the film’s sequel, Drishyam 2, skipped theatrical release and hit the web on Amazon Prime Video on February 19. Did Drishyam 2 live up to expectations? Was Jeethu Joseph able to pack in twists and turns that looked convincing?
Drishyam 2 begins right where it ended in the first part. It has been six years since Georgekutty (Mohanlal), Rani (Meena) and their kids were stuck in the case of murdering Varun, son of Inspector Geetha Prabhakar (Asha Sharath). But, the village where Georgekutty lives, doesn’t want to let go of them. And neither do the police.
Asha’s friend, who is the current IG investigating the case, deploys shadow police officers to get the truth out of Georgekutty and his family. But, Georgekutty is always prepared. How does he manage to escape from the police officers this time forms the rest of the story.
Like Drishyam, the second part starts as a family drama as well. George, Rani and their two daughters are still going through the trauma of dealing with police brutality and the murder of Varun. Every time a police vehicle crosses their house, it rattles them. Even though Varun deserves to be punished, Georgekutty and family live a punished life for murdering him.
The complexity in their lives and the constant fear they live in are shown perfectly well in the initial set of sequences. The story also moves forward Georgekutty, who owned a cable TV service in the first part, is now a theatre owner. His passion for films has pushed him to work on a script that he’d produce.
Of late, sequels in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam film industries have been underwhelming. Simply because these sequels are made for the sake of it. Drishyam 2 took over 5 years to take full shape and we need to credit director Jeethu Joseph for packing in several surprise elements that are well within the story and most importantly, believable.
Georgekutty is known for manipulating and deceiving anything that exposes him or his family. Once the police officers know the place where Varun’s body is hidden, they are taken for a crazy ride. Along with the audience, Jeethu Joseph’s staging and strengths to work on a solid script are the film’s assets.
Mohanlal is yet again a revelation in Drishyam 2. In the film, especially during emotional sequences where the actor’s eyes are moist with tears, Mohanlal is just excellent. Even though the supporting characters had relevance, Drishyam 2 is all about Mohanlal and rightly so.
Throughout the film, we get some deja vu moments, like in the climax or where Varun’s father pleads with Georgekutty to reveal the crucial information. We don’t mind because that only connects Drishyam 2 to the first part. Overall, Drishyam 2 is a fitting sequel to the first part.
3.5 out of 5 stars for Drishyam 2.