Drishyam 2 (2021) is a sequel to a hit film that actually works, big applause for director Jeethu Joseph for achieving the impossible in Indian cinema. The lead couple Mohanlal and Meena have repeated their successful performance. I was never a fan of the original (I had watched the Tamil version Papanasam), in my opinion, it was clinically made and trying hard to be real but was not, the sequel follows the same formula invoking similar feelings in me. Available on Amazon Prime Video.
The second half in Drishyam 2 is all about the suspense, so I will refrain from revealing the happenings. In this Georgekutty (Mohanlal) continues his efforts to keep his family safe – we are able to feel for the poor girl, her mother and it is painful to watch their sufferings continue. That aside I have several questions. Why are the police spending huge resources to keep the investigation going for a dead-end case for over six years? The reason provided is flimsy. Why is George’s family continuing to live in the same house which keeps haunting them? Anyone else in George’s place would’ve relocated with his family to some other state or country, far away from the reaches of the local police and the town that keeps reminding them of the fateful day. What happened to George’s in-laws around him who helped him in the first part?
The film was too long, especially the first half which added nothing new. Having said it, the last 30 minutes was brilliant and that makes the whole sequel worth watching – but sorry still no ‘Ripe” from our MangoIdiots rating.