When I first watched Drishyam in the theatre with absolutely no idea about the storyline (the trailer did not give away anything), I was engrossed in rooting for Georgekutty and his family. It was a long time later that the moral implications of the story sunk in, wherein a family that commits a serious crime escapes punishment by hoodwinking the legal system. While watching the film, the audience was delighted that the family escapes punishment and gets their much deserved happily ever after. The movie review does not contain any spoilers on Drishyam 2 – The Resumption.
Jeethu Joseph, the director has shared that when he set out to make the Drishyam movie, his only intention was to tell a family story where certain things happen. Dirshyam today is most likely to be described as a cult thriller in Malayalam cinema rather than a family story, which has been remade successfully into several other Indian languages. His approach of telling a simple family story could be one of the biggest reasons why the audience becomes heavily invested in a family that has committed a crime along with the circumstances that drove them to it.
The nuanced performances of the cast along with the underdog element of an ordinary man trying to protect his family added to its popular appeal. We did not want Georgekutty and family to face the legal consequences of their actions, leaving us with no sympathy or feeling for the parents who lost their young son with criminal tendencies.
The popularity of Drishyam brought in several claims that the movie has become an inspiration for real life crimes. One of the popular ones is where a man tried to mislead his wife’s murder investigation by leaving her mobile phone in a long distance train to make it look like she has taken off on her own volition.
The powerful story telling style continues in Drishyam 2 with the narration of the oppressive consequences from where the first movie ends. We are introduced to Georgekutty’s family six years later who are consumed by guilt of the incident with no happily ever after in sight. The mother and elder daughter are reeling from the pressures of guilt and secrecy. Georgekutty seems brazen and over confident while trying to move on from the past. The first half shows how the family is emotionally breaking down even though they have flourished financially and gotten away with committing a crime. We are once again wrenched with feelings for the family when it feels like the law is catching up on them. The build up of Drishyam 2 is not as natural as in the first movie but nevertheless it does work convincingly.
The movie layers upon the moral consequences of getting away unpunished after committing a crime, where ones existence is smothered by fear and deprived of peace. Of course, the audience is once again hoping that Georgekutty and his family are safe from the clutches of law while also realizing that escaping punishment can be a more devastating form of punishment.
Dirshyam 2 offers closure to the audience on several pertinent questions left unsaid in Drishyam.