Drishyam 2 aims to dispel whatever qualms you may have had about Vijay Salgaonkar's ability with the help of Ajay Devgn, Tabu, and Akshaye Khanna.
The movie is a remake of Mohanlal's Malayalam film of the same name, which was first made in Hindi. Primarily, it brings back what Drishyam was famous for, which was his subtlety, his intelligent writing, and his excellent performances. However, whether contrasted with the original film from the south or the first Hindi release in 2015, the effect of this version is far less.
The movie clocks up at 142 minutes, but it seems much longer than that since the whole first half moves at an unacceptably glacial pace. However, the second half makes up for it by continuing in the same direction and picking up the pace.
After seven years have passed since the events of the first movie, the sequel picks up with Vijay Salgaonkar having settled back into his happy life with his wife and two kids. Nevertheless, they have not forgotten about the events that took place on October 2nd, 2014. The events of that night and the things that came after have left each of them unable to recuperate from the trauma.
The creators provide a fresh fact about the night, as if intentionally trying to torment the audience further. Vijay is shown burying Sam's body when he encounters a new character, a fugitive from the law who was fleeing from the police on October 2, 2014 and who occurred to cross the building site of the police station when Vijay was doing so.
Seven years later, he is released from prison and makes his way back to his hometown of Pondolem, where he runs into Vijay and his family. In the meantime, Meera Deshmukh, the former IG, has returned from London in time for the anniversary of the passing of her son. She has not given up on finding those responsible for the death of her son. But now that Vijay has more going on in his life, including a thriving theatre business and a film that is in pre-production, he can't afford to take the chance that his life would be flipped completely upside down.
The police have not yet located the corpse, the locals continue to back Vijay, and the people who are simply passing through the area have a lot to say about the rumours. In the midst of everything going on, the dead corpse continues to lie still and undiscovered beneath the police station. The remainder of the movie consists on Vijay and Meera's new IG Tarun Ahlawat playing a game of cat-and-mouse with each other in an effort to outdo the other.
Tabu's comeback to the big screen in the role of Meera Deshmukh is a real delight to witness. She retains the same vulgar allure and charming qualities as she did previously. While all is going on, Rajat Kapoor portrays the role of Mahesh Deshmukh, a humanitarian parent who is merely searching for closure, to perfection in the role of Deshmukh.
Even when he isn't a comedic character, Kamlesh Sawant's presence contributes most of the show's humour, thus his return to the role of sub-inspector Laxmikant Gaitonde is the last nail in the coffin. Akshaye Khanna is the new Inspector General of the Goa Police, and he plays the position just as ruthlessly. He is here for justice, even if it's his own interpretation of it, and he doesn't care who gets hurt in the process. Finally, Ajay Devgn recreates everything about Vijay Salgaonkar that the viewers cherished, but with a greater degree of restraint this time around.
Before the release of Drishyam in 2015, the world has never witnessed criminals evading capture or earning the trust of law enforcement. The shift in Vijay's personality, on the other hand, is plausible in a culture that is fixated on real crime stories and crime thrillers. Instead of making Vijay appear like a monster, the filmmakers have taken sure to establish a distinction by depicting him as someone who is attempting to safeguard his loved ones (which the police are convinced he and his entire family is).
The screenplay makes everything as routine as possible in order to preserve the straightforward nature of the previous film; unfortunately, this detracts from the first half of the movie and prevents the pace from altering at any point.
The lethargic first half makes you wait for the twists and turns that you have been longing for for a little bit longer than necessary. However, the second half makes up for the lost time by having a rapid pace and, sadly, telling the denouement for the most of its running time. It is the cinematography done by Sudhir K. Chaudhary that ensures its success right up till the very end.
The verdict is that the movie does a fair job of wrapping up the traditional suspense story, but it does not provide anything new or exciting to an audience that has been inundated with films about real crimes and psychological suspense. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic experience for viewers who adore both the performers and the characters.