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Drishyam

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Already a hit in four regional Indian languages, this Hindi remake of the Malayalam original of the same title (meaning ‘Visuals’) is a sober account of the violent interrogation faced by a middle-class Goan family at the hands of local cops.

When Vijay (Ajay Devgn) a ‘fourth grade dropout’, his docile wife Nandini (Shriya Saran) and their two daughters cover up the manslaughter of a teenager by burying the body in their front yard, they become the chief suspects in the ensuing missing person investigation. Vijay concocts a foolproof alibi, but no-nonsense Chief Inspector Meera (Tabu) is determined to unearth the truth – especially as the disappeared kid is her beloved spoilt son.

This mainstream Bollywood film addresses a pertinent issue in modern day India, namely the questionable level of justice an ordinary citizen can expect from a largely corrupt and inept police force. The depressing answer appears to be that all men are not created equal in the eyes of Indian law-enforcers, especially when the ‘victim’, who is actually the initial law-breaker, is rich and well-connected.

Admirable but frustratingly simplistic in places, this overlong drama feels a bit too heavily plotted in places. It is redeemed by the dignified performances from its seasoned cast, especially A-listers Devgn and the talented Tabu (‘Life of Pi’), who manage to convey the real ethical dilemma faced by both the oppressor and the oppressed.

Written by Anil Sinanan

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 31 July 2015
  • Duration:163 mins
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