Sibi Sathyaraj, leads a simple life abroad as an IT professional, until he gets a call from his ex-girlfriend, Remya Nambeesan, seeking help to find her lost daughter. A worried Sibi, then rushes back to India and to her aid, as he had promised that he will always be there for her when she is in any kind of trouble.
Sibi and Remya were lovers when they were working together. But, the latter's father was so against to her marriage to Sibi. In the mean time, co-incidentally, her father falls sick, and Remya, is pushed to a situation to get married to a guy of his choice. Hence, Sibi and Remya split ways, and he ends up in abroad to forget her and to start a fresh life.
Back to present, Sibi encounters a desperate, helpless mother who is in search of her kidnapped daughter. When he probes into it, he gets to know that Remya does not have a child. A perplexed Sibi then talks to her husband who says that Remya was in a coma for a brief while after an incident and ever since she woke up from it, she has been asking and searching for a daughter, whom they never had. The rest of the plot revolves around Sibi's trust on Remya, proving to others that she really did have a child and most of all to find out where her daughter is.
Sibi Sathyaraj has delivered a top notch performance. Though he could have worked on his romance portion a little better, the way he has emoted his confusion, worry for his ex-girlfriend and his determination to prove them all wrong is applause worthy. After Naaigal Jaakirathai, Sibi has yet again given us a much better edge of the seat thriller. Remya Nambeesan fits the the role of a stressed out mother who is in search of her lost daughter, like a glove. She has managed to pull of her character really well.
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar is seen in an important role as a cop who investigates this case, and her performance is really impressive. Yet, again proving her talent in acting after Tharai Thappattai. Sathish plays an pivotal role and not as a comedian. His characterisation is refreshing and works well. Similarly, Yogi Babu and Anandaraj have done justice in playing their parts neatly; with a special mention to the latter, while the former's comedy works in parts.
Sathya, is a honest remake of the Telugu blockbuster film, Kshanam. The makers of the Tamil remake version, has decided not to make any major changes or alter the script or story, which works perfectly fine. Hence, it is safe to say that people who had watched the original version will not be that disappointed with the remade version.
It is not easy to remake a film, and maintain the same essence and thrill of the original one. But, Pradeep Krishnamoorthy has managed to do that and more. People who missed the first version will surely be able to appreciate the film, as the captain of the ship's direction is impressive. Similarly, the screenplay is narrated in a fast paced way, which throws the viewers into a whirlpool of doubts, assumptions and confusions until the very end, where it all connects with a surprising climax.
Simon King of Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu fame has handled the music department, and his songs and background scores are admirable. Especially, with the latter, as it contributes in maintaining a thrilling effect through out the film. Arunmani Palani's cinematography skills come to the fore and his shots add an mysterious edge to the movie, which works well with the movies genre.
In short, Sathya, is a honest mystery thriller.