Seven years ago, at a Christmas time, ‘Drishyam’ hit theaters with the slogan ‘George and his family are coming to prepare a visual feast for Christmas’. Reaching the label of a small family film, the film was initially released in only 133 theaters, but later expanded to more theaters with audience support. The movie ran in theaters for 175 days. Recently, the second part of the film was announced.
Cable TV at Rajakattil in Idukki district. The film tells the story of the life of George Kutty, his wife Rani and their two daughters. ‘Drishyam’ tells the story of George Kutty, a film lover, not using a mobile phone, not reading a newspaper and having only a fourth class education, saving his family from an extraordinary crisis involving his wife and daughter.
George Kutty and his family unexpectedly entered their lives as an unwelcome guest and the events that followed presented Malayalam cinema with a whole new visual experience. It has to be said that Malayalees still have not forgotten the theatrical experience that presented ‘Drishyam’ on the thorns of suspense. The film, which stars Mohanlal and Meena, also witnessed some of the best career moments of Kalabhavan Shajon, Asha Sarath, Ansiba Hassan and Esther Anil. The story was the backbone of the film, which kept the viewers on the edge of their seats.
The thriller was produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Ashirvad Cinemas. Sujith Vasudev was the cinematographer of ‘Drishyam’ which was shot in and around Thodupuzha. The police station, tea shop and other buildings in the film were set up for the shooting at Kaipa Kavala near Thodupuzha. After the hit movie, the place became famous and the locals affectionately named the place ‘Drishyam Kavala’.
The success of the film in Kerala later led to remakes of ‘Drishya’ in other languages as well. The film has been remade in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. The film was remade as ‘Papanasam’ in Tamil and ‘Drishyam’ in Hindi and Telugu. Jeethu Joseph himself was the director of ‘Papanasam’. Niveda Thomas and Esther Anil are the children in the movie starring Kamal Haasan and Gautami. When Asha Sarath came as a police officer in Tamil too, Kalabhavan Mani played the role of Shajon.
The Hindi remake of the film was released in 2015. Directed by Nishikant Kammath, the film stars Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Shriya Sharan in the lead roles. The 2014 Telugu version of ‘Drishyam’ stars Venkatesh, Meena and Nadia in the lead roles. The film was directed by Sripriya. The movie was released in Kannada under the title ‘Drishya’. The film is directed by P Vasu. Ravichandran, Navyanayar, Asha Sarath and Prabhu Ganesan played the lead roles.
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