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Although the number of multilingual films is on the increase, there is no shortage of filmmakers keen to make quality remakes. The Drishyam series is a good example of this. Since the release of the Malayalam sequel, Drishyam 2, there have been huge expectations for the Kannada remake of director P Vasu’s film. If asked if the Crazy Star Ravichandran version of Drishyam 2 manages to match the original Mohanlal-starrer? The answer is: yes, to a large extent.
In Drishya (2014), Rajendra Ponnappa (Ravichandran) with his small family, led a happy life. An untoward incident puts the police on the radar. The first part of the film was to outsmart the law and the cops to keep his family safe. Now the case is reopened and the next question is whether Rajendra Ponnappa can pull it off again. The film starts slowly and we see Rajendra Ponnappa, a wealthy theater owner, who aspires to become a film producer. He is seen working on a story with Vijay Shankar (Anant Nag).
On the other hand, his wife’s conservative mindset hasn’t changed. She is very worried for her family and her two daughters. And to top it off, she is now also worried about her husband’s new consumption habits. Rajendra Ponappa, who tries to balance his wired business with his passion to become a producer, makes sure his family is protected. He is vigilant and aware of the evolution of the perception of his family’s neighborhood. Things get intense when the police get a breakthrough in the murder case.
Yet once again, Rajendra Ponnappa is doing everything in his power to save his family. The film is rich in emotion and fascinating at the same time. The climax may have brought relief to Rajendra Ponnappa, but there is a hint that there may be some in Drishya’s universe.
Director P Vasu retains the original flavor. He only changed the location, cast, and atmosphere to match Kannada’s nursery, and the running time was shortened by 6 minutes. Ravichandran also retains the charm of Rajendra Ponnappa in the sequel. Even though he is aware that the character is played by many prominent stars in their respective industries, the Kannada star brings his individuality to the character.
Navya Nair, who burns a good screen space with the hero, also gave a nice performance. The other supporting actors Aarohi Narayan, Unnathi, Anant Nag, Asha Sarath, Prabhu and Pramod Shetty have justified their respective characters. Shivaram, Lasya Nagaraj and Sampath also play crucial roles in the film. A tense narrative is lightened with the comedy of Sadhu Kokila.
Drishya 2 is a staunch remake but it’s still fresh for Kannada audiences who can experience it in theaters. Drishya 2, which is globally owned by Ravichandran, is a good family outing.
|Movie: Drishya 2|
To throw: V. Ravichandran, Navya Nair, Aarohi Narayan, Unnathi, Anant Nag, Lasya Nagaraj and Pramod Shetty
Director: P Vasu