The trailer of actor Ajay Devgan’s Drishyam, which was released in early June, garnered over 1.5 million views, indicating the intrigue surrounding the movie. There was an overwhelming response and the audience expectations were heightened in anticipation of the release!
This is the trailer:
The movie, released on July 31st 2015, became a critically acclaimed movie with a box office collection of Rs. 39 crores in first four days. It sets us up for a couple of welcome things: a plot which piques our curiosity, and a leading man retracting from the brink. An unwelcome intruder disrupts the placid progression of a man devoted to his family, leading to a shocking event.
Viay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) is a ‘fourth class fail’ self-made orphan who has climbed his way up to a modest little business of his own. He runs a cable outfit in a sleepy Goa village, with the help of a young assistant, and watches films with an obsessive passion, often spending nights in front a screen. His pretty wife (Shriya Saran), and two bubbly daughters vie for his attention, and we see them do stuff that regular folk do: outings to nearby Panjim, joshing at the dinner table. Into this idyll walks in a brash teenage boy with an unconscionable demand, and ruin stares them in the face.
The disappearance of the boy who turns out to be the son of top cop Meera Deshmukh (Tabu) and her wealthy businessman husband (Rajat Kapoor), and the investigation that follows makes up for the rest of the film. Vijay is under the scanner, the beady eye of corrupt sub-inspector Gaitonde (Kamlesh Sawant) fixed on him and his family. The premise is engrossing enough, and there is enough of a pay-off when things gather steam, but the film tries our patience in the languid build-up.
Finally, though, the film holds. In the way it unravels for us the street-smartness of a near-illiterate man intent on protecting his family at any cost, and how forgiveness can, sometimes, lead to a kind of acceptance. And in the way it delivers the stinging twist to the tale.
The movie was highly appreciated by the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who says that Ajay Devgn’s latest film Drishyam is a “must watch”!