Satyaraj is one of the busiest actors in Tamil cinema these days but it has definitely been
at the expense of quality. The actor, who was one of the finest villains on the Tamil screen
and also proved his acting chops in some strong character roles(Vedham Pudhidhu is
one that comes to mind), has been relegated to doing what amounts to variations of the same
character in a line of forgettable movies. Sound Party is one more addition to the
list. With its measly story and laughable characterization, it is likely to be forgotten
even faster than his other movies.
Kumaresan(Satyaraj) is the rich and illiterate village do-gooder, erecting busstands and
laying roads with his own, inherited money. When one of the village girls Nandhini(Pratyusha),
takes first place in the state in school, Kumaresan promises to support her education
financially. Aiming to be a doctor, Nandhini goes off to college while Kumaresan, who has
not had much luck with women or marriage so far, starts believing that she is in love with
Sound Party has a really flimsy story and the director has obviously gone through a
lot of trouble to pad the running time to more than two hours. As the movie stretches the
single plot point of Satyaraj trying to express his feelings to Pratyusha, our impatience
first turns to boredom and then to irritation. The lowpoint of this whole exercise is the
long episode with Dhamu as a new doctor at Pratyusha's hospital. The sequences here, which
consist of Satyaraj and his gang thinking of Dhamu as a competitor for Pratyusha's affections
and planning to send him packing, adds nothing to the story and fails as a comedy detour also.
Most movies typically have one or two characters who behave in impractical or illogical ways
in order to move the story in a particular direction. But almost every character in Sound
Party acts as though the part of their brain responsible for logic has been excised.
Characters here do things for no reason other than the necessity of the screenplay. This list
includes - but is not limited to - Satyaraj, Pratyusha's mother(who at one point says that
she wanted Satyaraj to be her son-in-law and in the next line, asks him to convince Pratyusha
to marry someone else!), Ilavarasu and Satyaraj's group of friends.
A little interest in the movie is generated after Satyaraj reveals his true feelings. Pratyusha's
reaction is not completely expected and leads to a little suspense about how the movie is going
to end. The director also earns a few points by not resorting to a fight, inspite of all the
necessary elements being in place, in the climax.
Satyaraj is on autopilot, taking shots at politics whenever the chance arises. The scene where
he talks to Pratyusha after getting drunk is probably the only scene where we see the actor in
him. Pratyusha looks pretty in what turned out to be her last film. Ilavarasu's casual way
of dialog delivery is entertaining though his character is ill-defined. Vadivelu, Manivannan
and Mayilsamy get to spout a few one-liners along with Satyaraj.