The P Vasu directorial is the only version of the sequel to have got a theatrical release so far. The original, Drishyam 2 was a straight-to-OTT release, as was the Telugu remake, Drushyam 2.
Last Updated: 07.00 AM, Feb 07, 2022
In early December last year, Kannada cinema’s Crazy Star, V Ravichandran, brought the sequel to his 2014 film Drishya, Drishya 2, to theatres. Drishya and Drishya 2 are the Kannada remakes of the Malayalam hit franchise Drishyam and Drishyam 2, in which Mohanlal plays in the lead. Interestingly, when the Malayalam original Drishyam 2 came out, it was at the peak of the pandemic in India, when movie halls were still shut and the film then got a direct-to-OTT release. Soon after, remakes in Telugu and Kannada were announced, with the former, starring Venkatesh in the lead, also getting an OTT outing only. Ravichandran, though, was adamant that his version deserved a big-screen outing and released it in theatres on December 10, to a fairly warm reception by critics and audiences.
The film, which reunited the Drishya cast of Ravichandran, Navya Nair, Aarohi Narayan, Unnati, Prabhu Ganesh, Asha Sharath, among others, also had veteran actor Anant Nag on board, as well as Lasya Nagaraj, Sampath and Pramod Shetty, among others. The story follows the family of Rajendra Ponnappa, whose lives were upended, when his daughter Sindhu’s classmate Tarun ‘goes missing’. Tarun was the son of IG of Police Roopa Chandrashekar (Asha Sharath), so, finding him becomes top priority for the police force. While Rajendra Ponnappa is able to successfully keep his family out of harm’s way in the original film, in the sequel, it appears that all his carefully planned moves will come to nought, when the police find an eye witness to the events on the night that Tarun’s body was hidden. Whether or not Rajendra finds a way out of this formed the crux of the narrative.
Just over two months after its theatrical release, Drishya 2 is now headed to OTT. According to reports, the film will come to Zee5, and not Amazon Prime Video, as has been the case with Drishyam 2 (Malayalam) and Drushyam 2 (Telugu). Aarohi Narayan, who plays Sindhu in the film took to social media recently to announce the film’s OTT release date. “#Drishya2 on #zee5 from #Feb18!” she wrote. So, if you missed watching the film in theatres, and haven’t seen the Malayalam or Telugu versions, here’s your chance to find out the progression in the narrative.