Directed by Sripriya Rajkumar, Drushyam is a good suspense thriller with high entertainment quotient. Venkatesh's sterling performance is the main highlight in the film. The engrossing screenplay, Sharreth's soothing music and amazing background score, S Gopal Reddy's cinematography, a few comedy and sentimental scenes and beautiful locales are other attractions of the film. The slow-paced narration in first half and some forced romantic scenes are its big drawbacks.
Sripriya Rajkumar has taken the original story from the Malayalam movie, but she has made a few changes to suit the taste of Telugu viewers. Especially, she has added a little extra romance, which appears like it has been unnecessarily forced in the film. Otherwise, everything is fine in the film. She has been successful in maintaining the suspense element throughout the movie. She has very good grip on the narration of the film.
Drushyam is high on emotional quotient. The film starts off with slow-paced narration, which drags for almost 30 minutes in the first half. The movie gains a momentum with a twist at the interval. The second half of the film is simply superb and the suspense element makes you sit on the edge of the seat and watch the movie biting your nails. The climax is also good and it makes the viewers to walk out of the cinema hall with a contented heart.
Rambabu (Venkatesh) is a married man from the middle class. He is the provider of cable network connection in a small village near Vijayanagaram. His happy family life is tormented, when Varun, son of Geetha (Nadhiya), who is the Inspector General of Police, disappears after he harasses Rambabu's daughter. Geetha feels suspicious about Rambabu's family and she uses her power to harass them. What happened to Varun? How does Rambabu struggle to save his family? Answer to these questions will form the crux of the story.
Venkatesh has a tailor-made role in Drushyam and he has delivered a brilliant performance in it. He is the showman in the film. As his wife, Meena has also done a good job and her chemistry with Venky is a good to watch on screen. Nadhiya, Naresh, Ravi Kale, Chalapathi Rao, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Chaitanya Krishna, Benerjee, Sameer, Roshan Basheer and others have also done justice to their roles and their performances are good assests of the film.
Drushyam has decent production values and Sharreth's soundtracks and amazing background score are the main attractions in the technical front. S Gopal Reddy's camera work is another highlight of the film. Marthand K Venkatesh's editing is good. Other technical departments have also delivered a commendable job.
Overall, Drushyam is a good suspense thriller, which will be a treat for family audience. You will enjoy it a lot, if you have not watched the Malayalam film Drishyam. It is a must watch movie for family audience. Continue to read Drushyam review by other film critics in the slideshow.
IndiaGlitz - Rating: 3.5
An unconventional film, this film is refreshing as it is not formulaic. Above all, it is gripping and keeps you hooked throughout.
123telugu.com Rating – 3.5/5
On the whole, Drushyam is one film which works big time in all departments. Right from the striking performances of Venkatesh and Nadia, to the thrilling suspense elements, Drushyam has everything for everyone. A must watch for the entire family.
TeluguOne - Rating: 3.75
Drushyam is an amazingly well made movie with mature screenplay. Drushyam is definitely a trend setter. For all those who are in the thirst of watching a different movie, should never miss a masterpiece like Drushyam. It is a film for every father, mother, brother, sister and possibly all relations of this generation.
ReleaseDay - Rating: 3.5
Drushyam is a fine suspense thriller with good emotions and fine performances from a capable star cast. Don't miss this film.
CineCorn - Rating: 4
The real highlight of course is the screenplay of the film. It keeps one hooked right till the end. Especially in the second half the way things unfold are surely going to excite anyone who hasn't seen the original. From the moment the thriller angle in the family drama begins to the moment it finally ends, that is the highlight segment of the film. There is a slight bump during the climactic interrogation sequences but the final ending makes up for it.
Survi - Rating: 2.5
If you are remaking a movie some changes are necessary to keep in our audience engaged to the screenplay, but Drushyam has no such fresh changes as a result those who have watched the original will be frustrated with the final outcome of the remake. Sripriya deserves no sympathy as she hasnt made any changes to the original script. Not in a single scene she steer away from the original. But when you compare the two, this movie fails to move you emotionally like the original did. This film only appeals to those who haven't watched Drishyam (Malayalam) and for the rest it will be decent thriller to watch out.
Way2Movies - Rating: 3.25
On the flipside, the film takes its time to get into the story and initial scenes of Venkatesh, Meena romance looks forced while Venky-Sapthagiri scenes doesn't work much in the first half. Nevertheless, Drushyam makes the audiences glued to the screens with its peak second half and impressive climax.