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"Sound Party"

BEGINNING ON a light note, and moving on with a sprinkle of sentiment and emotion that gain prominence towards the end, G. R. Gold Films' "Sound Party" (U) is a typical Satyaraj product. Yet it evokes only a lukewarm response because both the hero's characterisation and the storyline are vague throughout.

Kumaresan (Satyaraj) is a rich landlord living alone in a big house with his well-meaning cronies for company. His parents are no more and his constant search for a suitable bride is in vain.

Nandini (Prathyusha) is a bright student who wants to join a medical college. But living in penury with a drunkard of a father, timid mother and young sister, the wish can remain only a dream. Or so she thinks, till Kumaresan comes forward to help her pursue medicine.

Nandini returns to the village as a qualified doctor, to serve at the hospital Kumaresan has built for her. Sympathy from his side and gratitude from hers are projected as love by those around Kumaresan. It remains unrequited because Nandini still thinks of him only as a benefactor. Of course, the end is predictable. Satyaraj is in his elements throughout the first half of the film, assisted as he is by Manivannan, Vadivelu, Mayilsamy and a couple of others. They are a funny lot but they are no different from what they've been in so many other films. And it's the same with Satyaraj. But in all the combination scenes, each one's reaction, even when they do not have any dialogue to speak, is so complete and coordinated that you cannot but appreciate writer-director Aarthi Kumar in these sequences. Prathyusha is an apt choice — you feel sorry that the young actress is no more.

The role of Ilavarasu as the Panchayat Board president is very vague. There's no concrete reason for him to get vengeful with Kumaresan. And his sudden collusion with Nandini's dad is strange. Ilavarasu's casual, effective enactment, however, is the saving grace of the role. Sabitha Anand unabashedly taking money from Kumaresan much before she actually needs it, knowing fully well that her husband could flick it from her at any moment speaks very poorly of the character.

Among Deva's compositions, "Rasaathi Nee ... " is melodious. After seeing heroes swimming and catapulting in air in the name of fighting, Rambo Rajkumar's plausible stunt choreography is a relief.

Humour in "Sound Party" is loud, literally. Most of the sequences do evoke a smile. Still there's nothing new about them.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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