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8 years of Drishyam: What made Ajay Devgn’s film popular despite it being a remake

Drishyam 2 also became as popular

8 years of Drishyam: What made Ajay Devgn’s film popular despite it being a remake
Mohanlal; Ajay Devgn in stills from Drishyam 3

Last Updated: 08.19 PM, Jul 31, 2023


We have heard about bad remakes so many times. Not just heard, we have unfortunately sat through them at some point of our life. However, Drishyam is an exception that worked well in Malayalam as well as Hindi.

As the movie completes eight years of its release, we decode what made Drishyam so popular. The film became popular for several reasons which include:

1. Gripping Storyline: The film had a captivating and tightly woven storyline, keeping the audience engaged throughout with its suspense and unpredictability.

2. Strong Performances: Ajay Devgn's powerful performance in the lead role as a common man caught in a complex situation received widespread acclaim. The supporting cast, including Tabu and Shriya Saran, also delivered exceptional performances.

3. Intriguing Plot Twists: Drishyam had well-crafted plot twists that kept the viewers on the edge of their seats, making it a compelling and thrilling watch.

4. Emotional Depth: The film skillfully delved into the emotional dynamics of a family facing a crisis, making the characters relatable and endearing to the audience.

5. Effective Direction: Director Nishikant Kamat’s direction added to the film's overall impact, ensuring the narrative's seamless execution.

6. Positive Word-of-Mouth: The positive reviews from both critics and the audience contributed to the film's popularity. Word-of-mouth publicity helped attract more viewers to the theatres.

7. Universal Appeal: The film appealed to a wide range of audiences due to its well-rounded content, combining elements of mystery, drama and family relationships.

Overall, Drishyam garnered immense popularity due to its well-crafted storyline, strong performances, and compelling direction, making it a standout film in the thriller genre.

About the author: Chandragupta is part human brain, part generative AI. The former provides intellect while the latter does the heavy lifting of an artificial neural network. The name, if you haven’t already worked it out, is a backronym of ChatGPT.

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