Rambabu (Venkatesh), a cable TV operator, his wife Jyothi (Meena) and two daughters Anju (Kruthika Jayakumar) and Anu (Babu Ester) is a middle class family living happily in Rajavaram village near Vizianagaram. Naveen Kumar (Sameer) is the SI, Narayana (Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao) the head constable and Veerabhadram (Ravi Kale) is the corrupt constable in the Rajavaram Police Station. Most righteous Rambabu and Veerabhadram are two opposite poles and are never in good terms with each other. One fine day, Varun (Roshan Basheer), the son of Police IG Geetha Prabhakar (Nadhiya) and Prabhakar (Naresh) who is indeed a spoiled brat, blackmails Anu and Jyothi with a nude video of Anju (that he picturizes in a school tour) for his sexual pleasure. And subsequently he goes missing the same rainy night. Rambabu comes to know of this the next morning. So, how did Rambabu combat the investigation, how did he rescue his family from this complicated case and above all, what happened to Varun that rainy night forms the plot of the story.
Venkatesh: He deserves an ovation for such an attempt because his presence does make a difference for the advent of good and new genre films in Telugu. Only stars like him can pioneer this new drift. Venkatesh once again proves why he is one of the few exemplary actors of Indian cinema. He portrays the character of ‘Rambabu’, a common man and caring father with ease and panache. He makes you emotional, keeps you thinking and biting nails at the edge of your seats all through the film.
Meena: She adds both beauty and value to this suspense drama with her able acting. She re-created the magic of her chemistry with Venky once again in this film.
Nadhiya: She in fact outperformed her counterpart (Asha Sarath) in the Malayalam original version. She was a delight watching as a shrewd cop yet a grieved mother.
Ravi Kale: He is the most favorite baddie of Tollywood. One shall love to hate him as the corrupt Cop ‘Veerabhadram’ in this film – such brilliant was his performance.
Kruthika & Baby Ester: These two budding young talents are a must watch in this film. They gave their impressive best on par with the stalwarts in the film.
Roshan Basheer: One cannot forget this guy who did a brilliant job as the missing guy ‘Varun’ both in the Malayalam and Telugu versions.
Saptagiri: He does a subtle comedy but brings much value to the film.
Naresh, Sameer, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Chaitanya Krishna, Chitram Seenu, Viswanath, Uttej and others have given their best in this intact and engaging drama.
Director Sri Priya has in a way succeeded in recreating the magic of the original Malayalam version. The best thing was the makers did not mar the original script in the name of adaptation. They have reproduced the original version with an amplified effect and enhanced beauty.
First Half: The initial family episodes between Venkatesh, Meena and family are cute. The first song is breezy and added much value to the story. It takes its time to settle and seep in but once the key plot starts, the story gets engaging.
Interval Bang: After a long time, a film with an unpredictable interval break has come. The intermission arrives in the most unexpected manner driving all your estimations and anticipations wrong and leaving enough questions and suspense to experience in the second half.
Second Half: The actual pulp of the film lies in this segment and it has been the most enjoyable thrilling segment of the film. In spite of the ignorable lag, the twist towards the end of the film emerges as the biggest highlight of the film.
- Good intense story that connects to every common family.
- Intact narration and intelligent screenplay especially in the second half of film and an clever execution of logic at every instance of the story.
- Brilliant natural performances by all the lead cast especially Venkatesh, Ravi Kale, Nadhiya, Kruthika and Roshan Basheer et al.
- Scenes that engage throughout and might even make sensitive family audience emotional.
- Dialogs are natural and strike the chord instantly.
- Some good music with a lyrical value after a long time in Telugu cinema.
- Both the cinematography and editing can be a notch higher in terms of quality and innovation.
Sarath has given some good music and extra-ordinary re-recording to the film. His back ground score has made this suspense drama more edgy.
Art direction by Vivek was impressive and on par with the original version.
Drushyam is a new genre film to the Telugu audience. An engaging and entertaining story has always won the hearts of Telugu people and Drushyam exactly does the same. With its own flaws, this film manages to entertain the audience with its dosage of suspense, thrilling, sentiment and fun elements of an ordinary family in an extra-ordinary manner. Drushyam is an exemplary drushyam to the Telugu audience.