Screenplay and Direction
Technical Aspects and BGM
A Skillfully-Made Suspense Thriller!
Sathya directed by Pradeep is a skillfully-made suspense thriller which really stands out as one of the best films of the year. The film also features Sibiraj's career-best performance.
Cast: Sibiraj, Ramya Nambeesan, Varalaxmi, Anandraj, Sathish, Yogibabu & others
Cinematography: Arunmani Palani
Music: Simon K King
Editing: Goutham Ravichandran
Stunts: Billa Jagan
Story: Adivi Sesh
Screenplay: Adivi Sesh & Pradeep Krishnamoorthy
Dialogues: Karthick Krishna CS
Directed by: Pradeep Krishnamoorthy
Produced by: Nadhambal Film Factory
Release Date: 08-12-2017
Run Time: 02:09:00
Sathya, which marks the sophomore feature of director Pradeep Krishnamoorthy after Saithan, is a skillfully-made suspense thriller which really stands out as one of the best films of the year. The film also features Sibiraj’s career-best role, where he slips into the character comfortably and delivers a wholly convincing performance.
When the four-year-old daughter of Shwetha (Ramya Nambeesan) gets kidnapped, she seeks the help of her ex-boyfriend Sathya (Sibiraj), who immediately flies down from Australia. As Sathya begins his search, the mystery goes thicker than he expected, with no traces of Shwetha’s daughter available anywhere. Sathya’s swiftly begins his investigation into whether Shwetha had a daughter in the first place, before moving on to find the missing kid.
For people who have not watched the original version of Sathya, the film is bound to work for it’s an adequately treated, faithful remake of Telugu blockbuster Kshanam. Director Pradeep, except for a mediocre performance from Ramya Nambeesan, has got the rest of the casting right including the likes of Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Anandraj, who play essential roles in the film.
The page-turning screenplay, which is replete with sumptuous twists and turns, keeps you thoroughly hooked with the help of unhurried editing work. Dialogues, which play a crucial role in remakes, have been handled well by Karthick Krishna. Simon King’s background score superbly accentuates the breakneck speed of the film, especially in the second half where he delivers some excellent cues to up the ante.
As the suspense unfurls towards the fag end of the film, the writing throws another genuinely brilliant surprise which makes the entire story come full circle. And all the questions that were left unanswered in the screenplay gets solved in the climax.
Overall, Sathya is a nicely-constructed, intriguing thriller which is definitely worth its while.