Banner: Aashirvad Cinemas
Cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Kalabhavan Shajon, Siddique, Irshad, Roshan Basheer, Baiju V.K, Balaji, Koottickal Jayachandran, Neeraj Madhav, Asha Sharath, Ansiba, Esther
Direction: Jeethu Joseph
Production: Antony Perumbavoor
Director Jeethu Joseph since his debut with ‘Detective’ has managed to create a number of hit films including a ‘Mummy and Me’ which even entered Indian Panorama. And now with his first outing with Superstar Mohanlal, he has proved how mature he is as an inspiring director who surprise viewers with his storytelling methods. In this process he also delivers another hit for Mohanlal who had a bad time with his films in 2013. A gripping tale that keeps you engaged , the also have an impressive script, technical sides and performances to make it to the bests of the year from Mohanlal.
Mohanlal is clad in an earthy role as Georgekutty, a man who just managed with his school education to make it big with his hardwork. He now runs a cable TV business in a sleepy village called Rajakkad, a few miles away from Thodupuzha. A miser even in his limited dreams, he has a very supportive family including his wife Rani(Meena) and his daughters Anju(Ansiba) and Anu (Esther). They though make fun of his tight fisted ways, they are happy that Georgekutty is able to meet their modest demands.
Much of the former half is dedicated to tell about the closeness of the family and the deep ties that they share within. But as Varun (Roshan), an intruder walks abruptly into their lives, they are left to be tested for their power of togetherness.
Though the movie start s in a slower pace with few attempts on double meaning wits that doesn’t deliver , it soon falls on track on the later half. Much of the moments here leave you with real surprise as the fine scripts and execution from Jeethu Joseph, makes way for spellbounding movie that leaves you engrossed all the way from a simple plot. The suspense element and the climax is finely executed which makes everyone leave the seat with applause.
Impressive performances from Mohanlal is another highlight of the movie The most versatile actor of our times use the best of the subtle ways to weave multiple dimensions to a character which makes it the best from Mohanlal after ‘Bhramaram’. In an earthy role that works well for him, the actor excels in all the shades and priceless expressions provided. Kalabhavan Shajon excels as a corrupt police officer which may be called best in his career till date while esther and Ansiba proves that they are powerhouse of talents. Meena, Siddhique and others also deliver bravura support to the lead man.
Sujith Vasudev ‘s cinematography is fine and appropriate in creating the thriller mood of the film. The musical scores and two songs by Anil Johnson and Vinu Thomas are also refreshing, which builds the tempo.
In the final analysis , this ‘Drishyam’ is undoubtedly cladded with exceptional story telling combined with bravura performances. The director Jeethu Joseph is receiving a standing ovation for his fine execution of a well written material from a very simple plot. An undoubtedly exceptional film as far the content is concerned, the movie is a must watch for all the audiences of family and thriller movies.