Towards the climax of " Sathya", the protagonist tells the heroine: "Now you are free." Obviously, now we along with the heroine heave a huge sigh of relief as everything is going to end. The humdrum it provides is such that the disappointment starts to hurt you heavily.
The action begins and ends in Pondicherry. Sathya (Jayaram), a good rummy player, and his friend Andrew ('Pashanam' Shaji) kidnap bar dancer Rosy (Roma). They have a mysterious plan. While the goons of the bar owner chase them, they face hurdles on the way. At the same time, in the city, Sathya's another enemy is behind his lover Milan Collin (Parvathy Nambiar). How he overcomes these difficulties forms the crux of the story.
Besides exposing the flaws in a trivial plot, the film is full of sound and fury that evoke yawn as well as disgust. The events in this action movie leave the audience perplexed thanks to the slipshod narration by a creatively tiring filmmaker. In short, "Sathya" turns out to be a largely forgettable film in Jayaram's career.
Diphan's craftsmanship has been revealed in his action flicks like "Puthiya Mukham" and "D Company", a portmanteau film in Malayalam. The mood he created in those movies is able to rise the adrenaline. Quite often the director has been lauded as the right disciple of his mentor Shaji Kailas. But "Sathya" is neither engaging not thrilling (though new villains pop up on the trot). Exaggerated action sequences from an actor, who has the image of a 'family man', seem to be incongruous and this ingrained image of Jayaram in the minds of viewers has negatively affected the proceedings.
Once you realise the futility of mechanically watching it, the blame falls on the poor script by A.K. Saajan. Jayaram's salt-and-pepper look is quite interesting but the experiment in makeover could have also been brought in the script.
"Sathya" begins by paying homage to the late director. Meanwhile, the barely two-hour film does not justify the true potential of the departed director. Unfortunately, it deserves the last place in the short filmography of the young filmmaker.
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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