Aaraathu Sinam, a remake of Malayalam film 'Memories', is an intriguing whodunit thriller with a meticulous writing and splendid technical values.
2.8 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
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Aaraathu Sinam, a remake of Malayalam film 'Memories', is an intriguing whodunit thriller with a meticulous writing and splendid technical values. Reeling under the aftermath of the brutal deaths of his wife (Aishwarya Rajesh) and daughter is our hero Aravind (played by Arulnidhi), who has become an alcohol addict to spend the rest of his life without his beloved ones.
The film opens with an illegal police encounter of a renowned goon in Madurai. The operation is spearheaded by Aravind who carries it successfully with the help of his team. Fast forward to four years. Aravind is now a serious alcohol-abuser and is considered as a threat to fellow drinkers in the pubs he usually visits. Thulasi, who plays Aravind's mother, puts up a mighty show as a mourning mother who longs for her demoralized son to get back his lost life.
Every now and then, the film shows interspersed visuals of past-the disturbing scenes of how Aravind's wife and daughter are killed-and present - the hard-to-understand changes that have made Aravind an alcoholic. Simultaneously, a series of murders across the state boggles the police department who suspect it to be a heinous act of a serial killer. When a hapless Robo Shankar, who plays Assistant Commissioner, fails to find any breakthrough, Radharavi (Inspector General of Police) makes a dramatic plea to Aravind to take up this case and find the murderer.
The film is a peachy mystery thriller and revealing anything more than this about the plot would be a sin. The first half separates out various gruesome murders before Aravind makes his entry and attempts to unravel the cause of deaths. Jeethu Joseph's story is staged with exquisite details and Arivazhagan's sublime directorial touches to suit the film to Tamil sensibilities are really appreciable.
Thaman's pulsating background score accentuates the mood of the film and gets us to the genre silently. Arivazhagan, certainly, knows to extract the best out of Thaman and Aaarathu Sinam is a good substantiation for the same.
The second half is packed with intriguing scenes that engage our attention from the word go. The over-the-top melodrama at certain portions, where the film goes off track, dampens the pace and momentum of an otherwise steady thriller.
Overall, Aaraathu Sinam is a faithful remake of Memories without tampering the source material. It has enough thrills and surprises in store to keep you hooked.
2.8 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good