For Ajay Devgn, can his performance compare to the role of Mohanlal in the movie? I’d say, far more than I expected. The portrait of a man who is determined to defend his family at all costs is simultaneously powerful and yet vulnerable.
It requires a lot of courage and a spirited spirit to be a Hindi actor to be able to step into Mohanlal’s mighty Malayalam zone, as his fans believe that no one could improve the way he’s performed especially in Drishyam. Drishyam brand has gained a cult following since its launch in the year 2015. Even the legendary Kamal Haasan was compared poorly to Mohanlal when he attempted the Drishyam franchise with Tamil.
However, Ajay Devgn -the actor – God bless his entrepreneurial spirit has done it not just the first time, but twice. Drishyam which was released in 2015 stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the first. The sequel is now out is it able to stand up solidly in comparison to the first?
The purists, the ones who believe that all remakes should be avoided regardless of their actual quality, could look down on Drishyam 2. that’s like doing nothing but a rash examination into pavlovian objections to remakes.
However, the reality is that Drishyam 2. performs. As a remake as well as an independent venture. It is thanks to the unstoppable Devgn who has come to us with his best clear performances of recent times. He plays Vijay Salgoankar as a husband and father who is a long way ahead of his rivals and lets them know that he is not.
A character in the film says “Salgaonkar is a highly clever mind. However, like many intelligent people and he believes all the other people to be stupid.”
I’m not convinced that’s the accurate interpretation of the protagonist’s mind. Vijay Salgaonkar, as played by Devgn is a man that wants to defend his family following an incredible self-defense crime. While in the first film, he appeared to be extremely intelligent in covering his bases and defending his family, in the sequel his screams of family fortification could be considered a genius.
“Audiences do not like their hero being in jail in the end,” Vijay a shrewd film producer, says at the beginning of the film in the beginning when trouble is a distant possibility. As the plot morphs into a terrifying path and director Abhishek Pathak conveys the sense of urgency that could be an absurdist take on a sinister crime if it weren’t due to the restraint we witness in the narrative.
The characters of the original film are stripped of sharp edges and sometimes making them look a bit blunt. A husband and wife duo who are Salgaonkar’s troubled neighbors are much more clearly depicted in the initial Malayalam film, perhaps due to the fact that the characters were played by more skilled performers Anjali Nair and Sumesh Chandran in the Malayalam original. The actors in Hindi, Neha Joshi and Siddharth Bodke barely make it through Perhaps it’s because of the clumsy scripts of their crucial parts in the new version.
Barring Devgn The actors in Hindi appear poorly played, none more so as Akshaye Khanna whose constant grimacing as Inspector General is nowhere as close to the ruthless investigative tenacity in Murali Gopi in the original.
But the most disappointing thing comes from Tabu. In her role as the bitter grieving mother of a deceased son, there’s so much that she could have accomplished as a character in the second film. Instead, she is disinterested in the story like the actor has no connection to her character.
In terms of Devgn is he able to stand well against Mohanlal in the first film? I’d say he does more than we expected. The image of a man who is determined to defend his family at all costs is simultaneously powerful and vulnerable as well as a nexus. He is the ultimate superhero without a cape. Let his imagination take care of everything flying whenever the entire planet as well as his family is in danger. But not all his moves and tricks to outwit laws are convincing. However, Salagaokar’s Devgan never stops doubting anyone. Sometimes, to safeguard your loved ones you must protect them from themself.
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