Drishyam

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Drishyam
DrishyamMovie.jpg
Directed byJeethu Joseph
Produced byAntony Perumbavoor
Written byJeethu Joseph
StarringMohanlal
Meena
Ansiba
Esther
Kalabhavan Shajon
Siddique
Asha Sarath
Music byAnil Johnson
Vinu Thomas
CinematographySujith Vaassudev
Editing byAyoob Khan
StudioAashirvad Cinemas
Distributed byAashirvad Release Through Maxlab
Release dates
  • 19 December 2013 (2013-12-19)
Running time164 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
BudgetINR4.60 crores[1]
 
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Drishyam
DrishyamMovie.jpg
Directed byJeethu Joseph
Produced byAntony Perumbavoor
Written byJeethu Joseph
StarringMohanlal
Meena
Ansiba
Esther
Kalabhavan Shajon
Siddique
Asha Sarath
Music byAnil Johnson
Vinu Thomas
CinematographySujith Vaassudev
Editing byAyoob Khan
StudioAashirvad Cinemas
Distributed byAashirvad Release Through Maxlab
Release dates
  • 19 December 2013 (2013-12-19)
Running time164 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
BudgetINR4.60 crores[1]

Drishyam (Malayalam: ദൃശ്യം) is a 2013 Malayalam dramathriller film written and directed by Jeethu Joseph and starring Mohanlal and Meena.[2] The film was produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner Aashirvad Cinemas. Mohanlal appears as a common farmer while Meena plays his wife. The film's music was composed by Anil Johnson and Vinu Thomas. The cinematography was performed by Sujith Vassudev. The film was shot in Thodupuzha and nearby locations.[3]

This was the first Malayalam movie to complete 10,000 shows within 26 days and also became the highest grossing Malayalam movie in overseas.[4].

Plot

Georgekutty (Mohanlal), an orphan who had dropped out of school after the fourth grade. He has come up in life by tilling his land. Now he is a businessman running a cable TV service in a rural area. He is married to Rani (Meena) and they have two daughters, Anju (Ansiba), a Plus Two student, and Anu (Esther), a student of class sixth.[clarification needed] Georgekutty is stingy and does not like to spend money on anything beyond the basic necessities. 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 so obsessed with movies that he makes every major decision in life by subconsciously taking an example from some film he has seen.

Toward the middle of the film, Georgekutty’s teenaged daughter gets photographed in the bathroom at a nature camp by a hidden cell phone. The culprit, Varun (Roshan Basheer) is the son of police inspector general Geetha Prabhakar (Asha Sarath). Varun is accidentally killed by Rani and her daughter when he comes to blackmail them. They hide his body in a compost pit, which is witnessed by Anu. Rani tells Georgekutty about the incident and he devises a way to save his family from the law. He removes the broken cell phone and disposes of Varun's car, which is seen by Constable Sahadevan (Kalabhavan Shajon), who has a grudge against Georgekutty. Georgekutty takes them out on a trip to Thodupuzha to pray in a church, watch a movie and eat at a restaurant. Geetha, realising that her son has gone missing starts an investigation.

After a preliminary investigation, Geetha calls Georgekutty and family for questioning. Georgekutty had predicted that this would happen and taught his family how to change their alibi at the time of murder. When questioned individually, they replied the same thing and they had also shown the bill of the restaurant,the movie ticket and the bus journeys' tickets as proof of their alibi. Geetha questions the owners of the establishments they have been to and their statements prove Georgekutty's alibi. Geetha realises that on the day of the incident, Georgekutty had taken the tickets and the bill, made acquaintance with the owners and had gone for the trip with his family the next day, thus proving his alibi and making the owners unwittingly tell the lie.

Geetha arrests Georgekutty and family and Sahadevan uses brute force to beat the truth out of them. Eventually, Anu gives in and reveals the place where the body is buried. After digging the compost pit,they find the carcass of a calf, indicating that Georgekutty had moved the body. Anu reports to the media and complains against Sahadevan. The constable is suspended and Geetha resigns from her post. Geetha and her husband meet Georgekutty to ask forgiveness for their rude and violent behavior. But Georgekutty indirectly tells them that he had got rid of 'the uninvited guest'. Georgekutty,now in remand,signs a register at the newly constructed local police station. As he leaves, a flashback shows him leaving the incomplete police station with a shovel in hand,indicating that he has hidden Varun's body in the foundations of the police station itself.

Cast

Production

Writing

Jeethu has always wanted to do a project with Mohanlal[according to whom?] and jumped at the chance after completing Memories.[5] A thread similar to that of Drishyam has been with the director since the early nineties. When the director overheard a conversation about the plight of two families involved in a legal battle, the idea got a fillip.[clarification needed][6] Jeethu had penned the story of Drishyam even before Memories.[7] He says, "I started working on the subject some two years back. But I wanted to stick to the planned order and hence postponed the project till I finished Memories".[8] The script was initially planned to be filmed by another director but since that director could not find a producer, Jeethu took back the script and decided to direct it himself.[9] Drishyam is completely different from the director's previous films. He says, "Different films require different treatment. I toiled hard while filming Memories as the film was full of twists and turns and the handling of the subject mattered a lot. But Drishyam is a complete script-oriented film that does not require any special effort. We shot the film sticking completely to the script, and the shooting was completed effortlessly."[10]

Casting and filming

Drishyam is the first movie since the 2005 release of Chandrolsavam to feature both Meena and Mohanlal.[10] Jeethu had earlier planned Simran for the role[which?] but the actor was busy with her TV show. It was reported that Jeethu had also approached many actresses, including Priyamani, but none of them showed interest to play the role.[11] According to the director, actor Mammootty was instrumental in roping in actress Meena (she was on the sets of his film Balyakala Sakhi) for Drishyam.[6] After the release of the film, Oneindia.in reported that the director had earlier approached Mammootty to play the lead in Drishyam but when Mammootty had date clashes, he opted Mohanlal. The report cited the director as saying that no changes were made in the script when Mohanlal agreed.[12] However, the director, in an interview with The New Indian Express, stated that he wrote the screenplay with Mohanlal in mind and the character was tailor-made for Mohanlal.[10] However, in another interview with the The New Indian Express published in September 2013, the director said: "It was always my dream to do a film with the amazing actor [Mohanlal]. ActorKalabhavan Shajon, who was previously been in the industry as a comedian and the sidekick of the lead actors, was chosen for the main antagonistic role. The director says, "I had two-three actors in mind, but at last decided to pick Shajon.[6] I was very clear that I did not want anyone who has played negative characters so far to do the role. Shajon was a total revelation." Roshan Basheer, who debuted through Plus Two a couple of years before, was chosen after conducting a screen test.[13] Actor Prithviraj was rumoured to play a cameo role in Drishyam but eventually this did not happen.[5]

Drishyam commenced production in the first week of October 2013.[14] The film was shot exclusively at Thodupuzha in Kerala.[3] Drishyam was initially planned to be filmed in 52 days but the principal production got completed in 44 days.[6][15]

Reception

Reviews

Sify.com's reviewer gave the verdict "Excellent" and stated, "It is not often that you sit in a theatre with bated breath, never wanting to miss a moment of the film on screen. Writer director Jeethu Joseph's Drishyam is one such film, a gripping tale that leaves you spellbound with its skillful craft."[16] Veeyen of Nowrunning.com rated the film 3/5 and commented, "In Drishyam Jeethu attempts a stunning mix of the real with the imaginary, and the result is an unpredictable cinematic artichoke that takes you by surprise at every turn."[17] Rating the film 3.5/5, Paresh C Palicha of Rediff.com said, "Drishyam can be credited for bringing Mohanlal back to form and pushing director Jeethu Joseph into the big league as he has made a cracker of a thriller."[18] Jabir Mushthari of The Hindu wrote: "It takes craft, intelligence, and the superior acumen of a genuine storyteller to pull off a film in such an engaging manner." He also noted that the film's "thread and treatment are new to Malayalam cinema in many ways" and its "principles go against the set rules film goers here are familiar with".[19] Shibu B S of The New Indian Express wrote : "For his latest outing 'Drishyam', Jeethu attempts a splendid mix of emotions, relationships, suspense and thrill. End result: a spectacular cinematic experience."[20] Dalton L of Deccan Chronicle gave the film a 3-star rating, writing, "The limelight belongs entirely to Mohanlal. Like the versatile greats of Hollywood, this actor possesses such a vast repertoire that he isn't required to always attempt the radically new to stamp his towering persona."[21] Mythily Ramachandran wrote in her review for Gulf News: "Drishyam is an unforgettable picture, shorn of irrational fight sequences and mindless dance numbers."[22] Aswin J Kumar of The Times of India said, "Drishyam is an elegantly crafted piece of film which Lal and Joseph can proudly hold close to their hearts."[23] Unni R. Nair wrote in his review for Kerala9.com: "The care with which the script is done, the finesse with which the direction part is executed and the characterization and performance plus the thoughtful placing of the songs makes 'Drishyam' worth real appreciation. That the film has almost zero-'filmy' humour is also worth noting. It's the logical manner in which the story unfolds and the very convincing manner in which the characters behave makes it impressive." The critic rated the film three in a scale of five.[24] Indiaglitz.com's reviewer rated the film 8/10 and stated: "Drishyam is undoubtedly cladded with exceptional story telling combined with bravura performances. An undoubtedly exceptional film as far the content is concerned, the movie is a must watch for all the audiences of family and thriller movies."[25] Subhash Sabu of Yentha.com concluded his review saying, "A well knit thriller, which can keep you on the edge of your seats for most of the time. Easily one of the best films to have released in Malayalam this year. Very rarely you will get to see a thriller of such sheer brilliance."[26]

However, noted critic Gautaman Bhaskaran was not fully impressed with the film and wrote in Hindustan Times: "Scripted more or less in a convincing manner and mounted with finesse, writer-director Joseph fleshes out his characters. However, Drishyam often seems like a radio play, long dialogues mar its cinematic qualities, and like many other helmers, Joseph too does not know where to end his film. Cinema need not be so explanatory; certainly this is not how contemporary movies are made.[27]

Box office

The film netted INR6.70 crore (US$1.1 million) gross in eight days[28][29] and collected a gross of INR10 crore (US$1.6 million) within eleven days, in the Kerala region.[30] The film has grossed INR19.6 crore (US$3.1 million) within 25 days.[1] 44 days after its release, the movie had grossed INR27.40 crore (US$4.4 million).[31] Drishyam grossed more than INR35 crores in its 50 days from theaters. [32][33] Drishyam is the first Malayalam film to cross INR 1 crore mark in USA and UK.[34]

In less than one month following its release, Drishyam became the highest grossing movie in the history of Malayalam cinema.[35][36][37][38] The film's satellite rights was bought by Asianet for a record amount of INR6.5 crore (US$1.0 million).[39] Drishyam holds the record of having acquired the ever biggest satellite amount in Malayalam cinema.[40]

Accusation of plagiarism

There have been[weasel words] accusations that the film's plot is inspired by 2008 Japanese film Suspect X which is an adaptation of the novel The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Some[who?] pointed out that the film's first half has similarities to the 1996 film Before and After, which is based on the 1992 novel of the same title by American writer Rosellen Brown. However, Jeethu rejected these allegations in an interview given to Malayala Manorama. When asked about the similarities with Suspect X, Jeethu said, "Both films revolve around a murder and cover up. I haven’t seen Suspect X, though I have asked for a DVD of it. From what I heard, Drishyam doesn't have many similarities with it. Triangle love stories have been the theme of many films, but can we say these films plots were all lifted."[41][42]

Awards

Kerala Film Critics Association Awards[43]
Vanitha Film Awards[44]
Asianet Film Awards
Nana Film Awards[45]

Soundtrack

Drishyam
Soundtrack album Drishyam by Anil Johnson, Vinu Thomas
Released1 December 2013
Recorded2013
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length12:48
LanguageMalayalam
LabelMathrubhumi Music
ProducerAntony Perumbavoor
Anil Johnson, Vinu Thomas chronology
Memories
(2013)
Drishyam
(2013)
Onnum Mindathe
(2014)

The film features a soundtrack composed by Anil Johnson and Vinu Thomas with lyrics penned by Santhosh Varma. The background score was composed by Anil Johnson.

TrackSongArtist(s)ComposerDuration
1"Maarivil"Najim ArshadVinu Thomas5.11
2"Nizhale" (Broadcast version)Vijay YesudasAnil Johnson3.27
3"Nizhale" (Film version)Anoop G KrishnanAnil Johnson3.27

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