- Written by Jeethu Joseph
- Directed by Sripriya
Drushyam - Movie Highlights
Drushyam is the proof that Telugu Film Industry has changed and is coming of age. But serious movies do not conform to the usual Tollywood formulaic trash. It is not that the industry has not made good films. Earlier many films (Shiva, Kshana Kshanam, Jayam, Bommarillu, etc) were like a whiff of fresh air. But in recent years the change is happening more often. Another film Kshanam (2016) also confirms the change happening within the industry. And Drushyam is not only just opposite of Tollywood regulars but also an unconventional and refreshing film which went on to become the highest grossing Telugu films of 2014. When Drishyam was made in Malayalam last year, it not only garnered rave reviews but was also phenomenal success. The box-office success of the Malayalam film prompted the demand for its remake in other Indian languages. Thus a Telugu remake made its way giving the necessary change the Telugu audiences needed from usual hero based films which by now have come to be known as a Tollywood standard.
Ram Babu (Venkatesh) is a cable operator in Rajavaram, a village located in the Araku region, living a simple life with his wife Jyothi (Meena) and their daughters - Anju (Kruthika), a twelfth-grade student, and Anu (Esther), who is in secondary school. He has become a success in life despite being an orphan and a school dropout. His only interest apart from his family is watching films. He spends most of his time in front of the TV in his small office. He is well respected by everyone in his town except for one, the corrupt Police Constable, Veerabhadram (Ravi Kale), who has a grudge against Ram Babu. The first half of the film is intentionally slow-paced and shows the lighter moments in the family of Ram Babu. Life is pretty smooth for the family, till one day his elder daughter bumps into a notorious guy Varun (Roshan Basheer) in a school nature camp. Varun demands sexual favour from her in return of the MMS being deleted, that he captured during their encounter at the nature's camp. Jyothi intervenes and pleads with Varun to leave their family alone, but he refuses. In an attempt to break the mobile, Anju hits Varun with a rod that results in him collapsing on the spot. At morning, Jyothi tells Ram Babu about the incident. They learn that Varun was the only son of none other than IG Police, Geetha Prabhakar (Nadiya). Ram Babu then hatches a master plan to get his family out of this and from the clutches of the police. Thus, begins the cat and mouse game between Ram Babu and the Police. To what extent does Ram Babu goes to save his family and to what extent does Geetha, who has handled so many criminals, will be able to extract the truth from them forms the real interesting part of the story/film which has to be watched to be enjoyed thoroughly.
Time & again there comes a film to prove that what a script can do to a movie. Drushyam is a pure example of a director's faith in his script and his screenplay. Though a remake, this film is surely one of the well-written and innovative films that Tollywood has produced in recent years, an industry known for it's regular song, dance and action entertainers. It is a simple story of a happy family and how they stand together when an unforeseen trouble threatens to wipe out everything. It is completely a screenplay-based film where every character plays an important role. Also takes one on a thrilling ride. The film does not disappoint. While the movie does get off to a slightly slow start taking time to establish the characters, it soon picks up and there's never a dull moment. The subject has been handled well and Director Sri Priya has done an excellent job. The makers have dutifully followed the Malayalam version. Drushyam would have gone a different route had they changed the film to suit Telugu audiences. Other technical departments have also done a commendable job. Be it the BGM or the cinematography, everything is slick and apt.
Venkatesh steals the show as Rambabu, plays his age and you can instantly connect with the character. He emotes well as a father. He is remarkable in the confrontation scenes with the cops and the film lies on his shoulder entirely. This might easily go on to become one of his best performances in recent times. Meena as his wife lends able support and manages to hold her own against Venkatesh's charm. Nadiya plays the super cop with ease and she steals the show in the second half with her exceptional performance. The two girls, Kruthika and Ester, have delivered amazing performances. While child artiste Esther does a good job, newcomer Kruthika portrays the role of a victim rather well. And last but not least it is Ravi Kale as the corrupt constable who is simply excellent.
Drushyam is a must watch for audiences who are looking for a different type of Telugu film!