Sathya (2017 Tamil film)

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Sathya
Sathya Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Pradeep Krishnamoorthy
Produced by Maheshwari Sathyaraj
Written by Karthick Krishna (dialogues)
Screenplay by Pradeep Krishnamoorthy
Story by Adivi Sesh
Starring Sibi Sathyaraj
Remya Nambeesan
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Music by Simon K. King
Cinematography Arunmani Palani
Edited by Goutham Ravichandran
Production
company
Release date
  • 8 December 2017 (2017-12-08)
Running time
121 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Sathya is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language mystery thriller film directed by Pradeep Krishnamoorthy, who had previously directed the film Saithan (2016) starring Vijay Antony. An official remake of the Telugu film Kshanam (2016), the film features Sibi Sathyaraj, Remya Nambeesan and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the lead roles.[1][2] The film, produced by Maheshwari Sathyaraj under the banner Nathambal Film Factory, has music composed by Simon K. King and was released worldwide on 8 December 2017.[3]

Plot[edit]

Sathya (Sibi Sathyaraj), who is working in Sydney, Australia gets a voice call from Shweta (Remya Nambeesan), his ex-lover. They worked in the same office and wanted to get married, but her father arranged an alliance with an entrepreneur named Gowtham. Sathya leaves for India with the pretence of attending a marriage in their relatives' household. He takes a car for hire from Babu Khan (Sathish), a travels agent. Sathya also takes a SIM card on his sister's address and stays at Hotel Marriott.

Sathya meets Shweta at a restaurant and learns that her five-year-old daughter Ria is missing. Things went worse when none except Shweta, including Gowtham, believe that Ria actually exists. He also learns about Gowtham's brother Bobby (Ravi Varma), a drug addict, who regularly visits her home. Sathya begins an informal investigation which fails many a time, also inviting the ire of two Afro-American gangsters in the city. Babu Khan, who helps them in transporting drugs, saves Sathya on humanitarian grounds. Posing as Vasanth Menon, a police officer, Sathya meets Gowtham and learns that the couple was childless. Gowtham recalls Shweta being attacked by two masked men before a school to steal her car. He added that Shweta went into a coma and post recovery started telling that she had a five-year-old daughter named Ria.

Perplexed, Sathya later watches a closed-circuit television video footage of two masked men attacking Shweta on the day when Ria went missing. But, Ria is seen nowhere in the footage which makes Sathya doubt Shweta's mental condition. He confronts Shweta who refuses to acknowledge that Ria is imaginary. Sathya sees height markings of a child on a wall and before he could react, Shweta commits suicide. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Anuya Bharathwaj (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) and Inspector of Police, Chowdary (Anandaraj) investigate the suicide case. Vasanth is killed in Marriott and Babu confesses to Sathya that he saw Bobby kidnapping Ria. They meet Anuya and Chowdary and get Bobby arrested. In custody, Bobby is killed by Anuya as an act of self-defence.

The same night, Vasanth's murderers attack Babu and Sathya; Babu is killed in the process of shooting the murderers to death. Sathya watches a MMS in the murderers' phone sent by Anuya instructing to kill him. Sathya meets Anuya at her farmhouse where Ria is hidden. Anuya reveals that Gowtham wanted to kill Ria and arranged the attack, after which she found Ria in Bobby's custody. Gowtham wanted Shweta to suffer; he convinced all his friends and family to pretend Ria never existed, saying that Shweta cannot bear the shock of Ria's death.

Before Anuya could kill Sathya, Chowdary shoots her after listening to the conversation on his way to the farmhouse with his subordinates. Gowtham is arrested and reveals that Ria was not his daughter, as a medical report confirmed him sterile in the past. Sathya recollects that on their last night together in India before separation, he and Shweta made love. As Sathya realizes that Ria is his biological child and approaches her, he sees a reflection of Shweta smiling at him.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In April 2016, Sibi Sathyaraj bought the Tamil remake rights of Kshanam for his home studios, Naathambal Film Factory and signed on Pradeep Krishnamoorthy of Saithan (2016) fame to direct the film.[1][2][4][5] Although Adah Sharma, who played a pivotal role in the original, was originally considered for the role. She had to be replaced because she demanded high remuneration, and eventually, Remya Nambeesan replaced her as the film's female lead in mid-October 2016.[6] With actors Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Anandaraj and Sathish playing pivotal characters.[7] Simon K. King of Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu fame had been roped in to take care of the music department, while Arunmani Palani cranking the camera and Goutham Ravichandran providing the cuts.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's soundtrack was composed by Simon K. King. The soundtrack album features six tracks, which includes three songs and three instrumentals from the original score. The track "Yavvana" was released, as a single on 29 July 2017, by actor Karthi on social media.[9][10][11] The album was launched at Suryan FM Station in Chennai on 6 September 2017.[12] The critical review board at Behindwoods gave the album 2.75 out of 5 stars and wrote, "A fresh album with some instantly attractive and catchy tunes".[13] Mrinalini Sundar of The Times of India said, "Overall, the album impresses".[14]

Sathya (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Simon K. King
Released 6 September 2017 (2017-09-06)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 20:55
Label Think Music India
Simon K. King chronology
Aindhaam ..
(2014)Aindhaam ..2014
Sathya
(2017)
Singles from Sathya
  1. "Yavvana"
    Released: 29 July 2017 (2017-07-29)
Track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Singer(s)Length
1."Kadhal Project"Madhan KarkyBenny Dayal, Keerthana Vaidyanathan, Sharanya Gopinath, Yazin Nizar4:27
2."Yavvana"Madhan KarkyYazin Nizar, Kalyani Nair4:04
3."Sangu"  3:32
4."Sangu (Area Version)"  3:32
5."Yavvana (Reprise)"Madhan KarkyRemya Nambeesan, Yazin Nizar2:54
6."In Search for Sathya (Theme)"  2:26

Release[edit]

The film was originally planned to release on 24 November 2017 but was postponed to 8 December 2017.[3][8][15] The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional reviews
Review scores
Source Rating
Deccan Chronicle 4/5 stars
The Times of India 3.5/5 stars
The Indian Express 3/5 stars
Hindustan Times 3/5 stars
Filmibeat 3/5 stars
Indiaglitz 2.75/5 stars
Behindwoods 2.75/5 stars

Behindwoods rated the film 2.75 out of 5 and stated, "It is undoubtedly a well-woven mystery tale but could have been a little racier".[17] Indiaglitz gave 2.75 out of 5 and stated, "Pradeep Krishnamoorthy of 'Saithaan' fame has extracted solid performances from his cast and technical crew but could have worked harder on the adaptation to better results and concluded with, "Go for it for solid acting from the cast and an unpredictable screenplay replete with twists and turns".[18] Thinkal Menon of The Times Of India gave 3.5 out of 5 and wrote,"Sathya is an engrossing watch which joins the list of interesting thriller films made in Tamil this year".[19] Ashameera Aiyappan of The Indian Express gave 3 out of 5 and said, "The Sibiraj starrer is a gripping tale that doesn’t compromise on the narrative keeping you invested till the end".[20] Sify stated, "It is Sibi Sathyaraj’s best ever performance and he is the glue that holds this film together. He delivers an intricate, nuanced performance that's hard to fault" and concluded that the film "deserves to be watched, especially for its masterful film-making. It is an intelligent edge-of-the-seat crime thriller".[21] Haricharan Pudipeddi of Hindustan Times gave 3 out of 5 and stated, "Sathya, more or less, succeeds in what Kshanam did with the audience. It does you take you by surprise and the impact can be felt strongly if you’ve not seen the original".[22] Anupama Subramanian of Deccan Chronicle gave 4 out of 5 and said, "Technically, Simon K King’s alluring songs and superb BGM and Arunmani Palani’s brilliant cinematography elevate the film topnotch. A well made gripping thriller, which is not to be missed".[23] A critic from Filmibeat.com gave 3 out of 5 and wrote, "It is always risky to remake a film, especially if it is a thriller. But, Pradeep Krishnamoorthy has done a good job by remaking the Telugu movie Kshanam without losing the essence of the movie. He has been successful in keeping the audiences guessing till the climax with his flawless making".[24]

Box office[edit]

The film had an average opening at the Chennai box office.[25][26]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Yavvana song: First single from Sibiraj's Sathya will be an instant hit with listeners". The Indian Express. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
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  20. ^ Ashameera Aiyappan (9 December 2017). "Sathya movie review: This Sibiraj starrer is a gripping tale". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
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  24. ^ Abhijith (8 December 2017). "Sathya Movie Review: It Keeps Us Guessing Till The End!". filmibeat.com. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  25. ^ "Ranking based on Chennai Box Office Collections from Dec 04th 2017 to Dec 10th 2017". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  26. ^ "Ranking based on Chennai Box Office Collections from Dec 11th 2017 to Dec 17th 2017". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 

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