The writer/director of Drishyam 1 and 2, Jeethu Joseph shared a FB post on the praise heaped on him by ace film-maker SS Rajamouli who is known for Baahubali, Maakhi and other ground-breaking films. This is what one film-maker wrote to the other!
Released on 19 December 2013 in Kerala, Drishyam received widespread positive reviews with critics praising the screenplay, the performances and direction. It was the first Malayalam film to collect ₹500 million from the box office. The film grossed over ₹750 million worldwide and ran for more than 150 days in theatres. It remained the highest-grossing Malayalam film of all time until it was surpassed by Pulimurugan in 2016. It also became the longest-running film in the United Arab Emirates, running 125 days.
Drishyam won numerous accolades, including the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value and the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Malayalam and screened at the 45th International Film Festival of India and the 8th Asian Film Festival. It was remade into four other Indian languages: Drishya (2014) in Kannada, Drushyam (2014) in Telugu, Papanasam (2015) in Tamil and Drishyam (2015) in Hindi. It was also remade in Sinhala language as Dharmayuddhaya (2017) and in Chinese as Sheep Without a Shepherd (2019), thereby becoming the first Indian film to be remade in Chinese. The sequel Drishyam 2 was released in 2021 with roaring success.