Medium : Malayalam Starring : Mohanlal, Meena, Asha Sharath, Ansiba, Sidhique, Kalabhavan Shajon, Sreekumar, Kunjan, Irshad, Narayanan Nair, Roshan, Neeraj, Baby Esther, Sobha Director : Jithu Joseph Music : Vinu Thomas, Anil Johnson Bg Score : Anil Johnson
After giving a series of hits like 'Mummy & Me', 'My Boss' & 'Memories', director Jithu Joseph comes with a Mohanlal movie 'Drishyam'. Such a scenario, creates lot of expectations. I sensed, there might be something special in the project, when the actor has decided to choose the script of the 'four movies old' director (don't forget, Jithu's first movie was 'Detective'). The movie is produced by Ashirwad Cinemas. It has got Sujith Vasudev, who worked with the director in his previous venture, as the cinematographer.
We heard that finding the heroine for Mohanlal in 'Drishyam' was a herculian task, as no body was ready to do the mother role of a 17 year old girl. Simran has agreed, but due to date problems she can't make it and in the end, the chance is given for Meena, who comes to malayalam after a short gap.
The movie tells about Georgekutty (Mohanlal), the owner of a local cable network, who lives with his wife (Meena) and daughters (Ansiba, Baby Esther), in a hill side village in Idukki. They leads the life of ordinary middle class people. When every thing was going smoothly, some thing unexpected happened and the whole family was forced to go through a certain crisis period. The second half portions shows, how they survives the crucial days of their life, in a thrilling manner.
If you really want to watch the movie, please don't go through the next paragraph...
Till first half, the director has taken his own time to show the family atmosphere and the bondage between them. The main attraction of the movie is its gripping screenplay and the thrilling execution in the second half. The subject discussed in the movie, can happen to any one in real life, which shows that the theme is relevant. The message is about the importance of family for every one and how the chief of the family safe guards other members, in a crucial situation. There are no big loop holes to point out, as the charecterisation of the hero is a trump card sorting out many such things. The investigation episode is carried out in a different manner. The last scene punch takes the movie's grade to a greater level. A small element of theme in tamil movie 'Naan', acted by Vijay Antony is visible here, but the director had brilliantly executed it in a new family background, without giving any scope to connect both. A couple of lengthy shots like the one with Antony in the beginning and the interior of the hotel area having the hero, should have been properly trimmed.
The last few movies from 'Lokpaal' to 'Geethaanjali', didn't worked well for Mohanlal, but he bounced back with an impressive show here. His role has got a humorous shade in the first half. The role of an ordinary man has been done neatly in a subtle manner, without any heroism. It shows that he still has got the fire to approach different kind of subjects. Meena made her second arrival, a notable one. Kalabhavan Shajon shines well as the corrupt police man, his best role so far. Sidhique, Asha Sharath, Ansiba, Baby Esther etc gave good support.
Sujith Vasudev's cinematography is excellent and colorful. Ayoob Khan is the editor. Songs should have been better, the director had used them mainly to incorporate some situations needed for the story. Anil Johnson's bg score is ok. The majority of the credit regarding the good outcome of 'Dirshyam' should go to the writer - director Jithu Joseph, who maintains an excellent craft in his every projects.
Drishyam is a good family thriller by Jithu Joseph - Mohanlal team, don't miss it.