Drishyam 2 by Ajay Devgn is the respite the Hindi box office has been looking for after the lull. The film has been successfully running in theatres for two weeks, attracting large crowds that have resulted in impressive box office collections.
Drishyam 2 has emerged as a blockbuster at the end of its third Friday. According to Box Office India, Ajay Devgn’s film grossed around Rs 4-4.25 crore net on its third Friday. The film has surpassed the Rs 160 crore mark, which is impressive for a third Friday release. The collections lag behind KGF 2 and RRR but are on par with The Kashmir Files. Drishyam 2 is expected to perform better than Brahmastra over the weekend, according to the report. If it outperforms Brahamstra, it will become the highest-grossing Hindi film since the pandemic. An Action Hero, the week’s new release, grossed only Rs 1.25 crore net, according to early estimates.
The forced inclusion of bringing back the ‘corrupt’ goon Gaitonde messes with the lead investigator’s (Akshaye Khanna) character, making him appear ‘limited’ in his research and thus downplaying the combat between the two opposing forces. While building the plot, Jeethu’s version had a certain intrigue built around its side characters from the village, which is conspicuously absent in this one. Sudhir K. Chaudhary’s camerawork adds a more polished feel to the gloomy setting, but I think Jeethu’s attempt at ‘keeping it simple with Satheesh Kurup had a stronger impact. When it comes to actors recreating Mohanlal’s magic from the original, there is no better choice than Ajay Devgn. The much-touted ability to act through the eyes is what binds both stars together rather than separates them. Because his character’s helplessness is on the relaxed side for the majority of the film, we don’t get to see the intense side we saw in the prequel. Certain decisions made with Shriya Saran’s Nandini character make her a weak point in both the story and the film. Her character goes over the top, but she doesn’t. Akshaye Khanna is not the Akshaye Khanna I anticipated. Murali Gopy’s Thomas was far more cunning and astute than Akshaye’s Tarun. The trailer immediately reminded me of his Ittefaq performance, but this is not the case in the film. Tabu was as present in the trailer as she was in the film, but certain character decisions distanced her from the audience in comparison to the prequel. Ishita Dutta’s Anju never addresses the impact Ansiba’s Anju had on exploring the character’s PTSD. Mrunal Jadhav, too, adds nothing significant to the story. Saurabh Shukla and Rajat Kapoor play their parts well. Drishyam 2 director Abhishek Pathak told ETimes, “We did expect good feedback, but this has gone up by three-four folds, I would say.” It has exceeded our expectations, and we adore it. Everyone has unanimously praised it, which is an incredible feeling for any filmmaker. We’re excited to have reached the 150-crore mark. We were missing good content in Hindi cinema that could bring in those numbers. After all, is said and done, the last hour does rekindle lost interest, but that’s the problem because the OG was more than just a jaw-dropping climax.