A simpleton living his quite life, with values intact returns one morning to find his family in shock. He quickly picks up the pieces, literally, and goes about setting things right. All the while, he is thinking on his feet on how to save his family from this unholy mess.
The cops will soon come knocking on their door and he ensures that his wife, older daughter and the youngest daughter too respond in the same manner, with no change in 'facts'. He has to prepare a water-tight alibi if his family has to escape from the authorities. He is willing to take on the physical assault and he prepares his family for the same too. That is the only escape route for them.
It's the morning of October 3 as Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) a local cable operator who is hooked onto cinema, and who likes to live a life less luxurious, requests his family to lock the doors and stay indoors. He himself has to move quickly if things have to be 'swept' clean.
That settled, he takes off with his family to create a water-tight alibi for October 2 and 3. That's the day (October 2) his wife Nandini (Shriya Saran) and his older daughter Anu (Ishitta Dutta) were witness to an 'uninvited guest', who happens to be the son of the IG, Meera Deshmukh (Tabu). Vijay has October 4 and 5 to duplicate as October 2 and 3!
The cops are going to come on him like a ton of bricks. It does not make the situation any easier for Vijay, as a corrupt cop, Gaitonde (Kamlesh Sawant), who he is constantly standing against, now seems to have a lead on him.
As expected, the cops come knocking.
Vijay Salgaonkar and his jittery family are ready? Or are they? Meera knows she has her man, but every shred of evidence is in Vijay's favour.
Nishikant Kamath does a splendid job with DRISHYAM, a remake of the Malayalam film which went on to be a top grosser down south with Mohanlal in the lead.
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The screenplay is taut, the pace quick and the narrative smooth. How Vijay goes about recreating the two dates to prepare his alibi and gather witnesses on his behalf without them knowing it is half the brilliance of this movie. The other half is the casting and the performances of Ajay, Tabu and Kamlesh Sawant as Gaitonde. To my mind, Sawant's is the best act.
The cockiness of the youth Sameer played by Rishabh Chaddha is also spot-on. He knows he can get away with murder with his mother in such a high office. But then, karma is a bitch!
Ishitta, in her first screen appearance, is quite penetrative with her performance, switching from nervous to confident in one swift motion when the cops come calling in her school.
As the film races to its end, you are left on the edge-of-your-seat, especially when Gaitionde turns his menace towards the little girl.
Will she give in?
DRISHYAM is a spot-on crime thriller that has some 'heart-in-your-mouth' moments. It's set up in a made-up village called Pondolim in North Goa. What's satisfying about the entire screenplay is that what Vijay is doing on screen is what you will do for your family.
Nothing less; after all, family is all that we have!