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Drishyam 2 — The best sequel ever

Photo by movie poster on wikipedia

Every time I have watched a good movie, I wish to watch more of that movie — that world, those characters, their lives and their stories. Due to this I have watched some good movies, such as 3 Idiots, back to back just to stay in that world. Many creators try to create a second movie (a sequel) that promises to provide more of the wonderful experience you had in the first movie. Yet it is impossible to recreate the same magic, let alone better it. Pick any Indian cinema or even Hollywood movie sequels, barring a few (among the ones I’ve watched: the Dark Knight, Spiderman 2, the Empire Strikes Back, Captain America and the Winter Soldier, etc.) the sequels have been worse than the first movie. In most cases, continuity is missing. But even without the burden of continuity or using loose continuity, the creators fail at impressing the audience.

Indian cinema including Bollywood has never created a sequel that has been praised more than the first movie. Among the ones I’ve watched: Baahubali 2, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dhoom 2, Welcome Back, Ethiran 2, are some decent attempts but not as good as their first movie. Then there are some worthy movies that deserved a sequel but never got one — Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge (DDLJ), Rocket Singh, A Wednesday (with some other weekday name), Andaz Apna Apna, to name a few — more on this in another post soon.

But all that changed on 19th Feb 2021 when Drishyam 2: The Resumption released on Amazon Prime. This movie is the best example of how to not just maintain continuity, but also recreate the same magic that the audience loved the first movie for. If you watch Drishyam (2013) and then Drishyam 2 (2021) one after the other, you’ll feel that they’re part of a longer movie cut into two parts (such as Gangs of Wasseypur).

The characters, the setting, and surprisingly, the conflict remains the same. You may think after watching Drishyam that after the final masterstroke of Georgekutty (the protagonist), the police won’t be able to catch them (minor spoiler but won’t dampen your experience if you haven’t watched it yet). Yet, Georgekutty and his family have to go through the same ordeal. The story in second part moves forward yet it is quite the same as the first part — this repetitiveness with progress is what makes it a good movie watching experience. Georgekutty doesn’t give up in Drishyam and he won’t give up in Drishyam 2.

If you have watched Drishyam 2, you know its an amazing movie. If you haven’t, but you have watched Drishyam and enjoyed it, I’ll urge you to watch Drishyam 2 because you’ll enjoy it too. And if you haven’t even watched Drishyam, then please watch both the movies tonight. You’re welcome.

Lastly I’d like to thank Jeethu Joseph, Mohanlal and the team of Drishyam to come together and create a masterpiece that is a worthy successor of another masterpiece. Drishyam 2 wasn’t needed because Drishyam ended conclusively and I think all the viewers were happy and satisfied by the ending. Yet, Jeethu Joseph and his team created a sequel and justified its existence. The last 30 minutes of the movie is pure brilliance that gave me goosebumps and tears of joy when the final revelation happens and ties up all loose ends. After a long year of Covid-19, Drishyam 2 comes as pure delight to a movie lover like me.

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Abhishek Sainani

An aspiring writer who often juggles between his inner world, his dream world, and the real world. Writes poetry, humorous observations and opinion pieces.