Unlike the film's Malayalam original, Memories, director Arivazhagan weaves too much emotion to the narrative, and has managed to perfectly blend the suspense and the emotional aspects. The mystery behind an underlying suspense drama slowly takes over somewhere in between, and the slow paced narration in the beginning gets a momentum after a while, and takes the viewer along to a thrilling phase.
The film could have been a taut thriller, if the script was tighter. However the director needs a pat on his back for presenting the investigation in a convincing manner. Though the film has numerous loose ends, and does not give convincing answers to the questions raised at various points in the story, Arivazhagan's direction itself was good enough to cover the flaws.
Arulnithi does his best to look sincere and real. The actor is on a high, and has done full justice to his role. As a drunken cop he has brilliantly conveyed the pain, and the wise of a police officer with ease. His family, past life and issues with his current family after earning the tag of a drunkard were emotionally shot with some brilliant moments. It is to be appreciated that the actor in him has decided to go for this role, other than sticking to his comfort zone.
Aishwarya Rajesh who appears as Arulnithi's wife, and Aishwarya Dutta who plays as a journalist, have done their best to make their presence felt in their limited roles. The rest of the cast too came up with some good support to the lead. With that said, the ridiculous comedy track of Robo Shankar could have been avoided. Aravind Singh's cinematography, remarkable background score by Thaman and crisp editing by Rajesh Kanan adds to the effect in a big way.
Aarathu Sinam may be far from its Malayalam original, Memories, but is an engaging film that has been well made. Grab a pack of popcorn, sit back and enjoy this thriller!