Drishyam 2 cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Murali Gopi, Saikumar, Asha Sarath
Drishyam 2 director: Jeethu Joseph
Drishyam 2 ranking: Three stars
Where’s the physique? No physique, no case.
That was the purpose the place we bade farewell to prime suspect Georgekutty (Mohanlal) in ‘Drishyam’, Jeethu Joseph’s smash-hit 2013 homicide thriller. In the sequel, which opens six years later, we reunite with Georgekutty, now the affluent proprietor of a cinema theatre, his spouse Rani (Meena), and daughters Anju (Ansiba Hassan) and Anu (Esther Anil). There are seen modifications of their way of life. Georgekutty drives a fancy automobile, the youthful daughter goes to an costly college, they usually all look a little sleeker. But the residue of that dying lingers over them, like miasma, lifting and settling, however by no means going away solely. Can you kill somebody and get away with it? Does your ethical centre shift? How do you reside with your self when you have blood in your palms?
Those unsettling unanswered questions imbue this follow-up, and make it extra than simply a police procedural. As viewers, we all know proper from the outset the place the physique is, as a result of we had been made witnesses within the unique film. And we see that the household hasn’t actually been capable of put that incident behind them. The particular person most impacted is the elder daughter Anju, who suffers from epileptic suits, and who begins shaking at any time when she catches sight of cops. Rani spends all her time watching over Anju like a hawk, when she’s not holding up the spirits of her new neighbour, who has an abusive husband.
Things begin rushing up when the case is re-opened, and a bunch of characters, each acquainted from the primary film and freshly added to the plot, fire up bother. The dad and mom of the lifeless boy, particularly the enraged mom (Asha Sarath), a former cop herself, are demanding closure-cum-retribution. An eyewitness from six years again, conveniently having gone lacking all these years, pops up. Is this the tip for Georgekutty, who has been busy attempting to provide a film and giving concepts to a well-known scriptwriter?
Mohanlal is spot-on as the person who is in a spot. Georgekutty’s previous as a movie lover (he used to run a cable TV service and spent all his spare time watching thrillers) has led him to be the place he is. We get some amusing throwaway remarks about him ready to launch (*2*) in his theatre. And the concept that actual life can imitate reel life is nonetheless a pivot this time round. Mohanlal holds the film collectively, by no means letting his straightforward, relaxed mien sag into a frown, by no means letting down his watchful guard, even when his co-actors sink sometimes into loudness and obviousness. Yes, the noose is getting tighter, however Georgekutty is all the time going to be one step forward of the legislation.
It’s not straightforward to craft murder-mystery sequels. ‘Drishyam 2’ jumps over the familiarity hurdle by broadening its ambit on crime and punishment. If the sufferer was not a ‘good’ particular person, does the killing carry as a lot weight? Equally, can terminating a life, even when unintended, ever be justified? ‘Drishyam 2’ is a strong, satisfying sequel.