Not much has been changed in the Hindi remake of the Malayalam-Tamil-Kannada blockbuster Drishyam. Says director Nishikant Kamat, "I've retained a lot of the original. The biggest re-tweaking we did was in the playing time. While the original film is 3 hours long I've cut down Drishyam to just over 2 1/2 hours. The seaside location of the original is in Drishyam, though I've relocated the drama to Goa."
There are embellishments in the Hindi version of Drishyam. Says Nishikant, "I've also added things to the plot that were not there in the original. There is that whole sequence of Ajay Devgn in the ATM booth where he makes sure the CCTV captures him. Tabu's interval point entry was not there in the original."
The director is all praise for his actors. "Ajay was willing to completely surrender to play the middleclass family man. Not once did he demand a fight or stunt just to appease his fans. As for Tabu, I didn't fully realize what she was doing until I was editing the film."
Strangely enough, all of Nishikant Kamat's films so far have been remakes. Kamat disagrees. "My first feature film Dombivali Fast in Marathi was an original. I remade that film into Tamil two years later with Madhavan in the lead. My second Marathi film Lai Bhaari was also original, and so was my first Hindi film Mumbai Meri Jaan. Yes, Force, Drishyam and Rocky Handsome are remakes. Next, I want to do an original film."
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