2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
Sound of Boot is an investigative flick with a difference
Thomas T Tue, 12 Feb 2008
The Shaji Kailas-directed Suresh Gopi-starrer Sound of Boot, which has finally found its way to the theatres after much delay, will certainly disappoint you even if it doesn't bore you. If you have the habit of seeing all kinds of movies, and that too with an unprejudiced mind, then Sound of Boot may not bore you, but it won't excite you either. Once out of the theatre, you might even stop to wonder "Why, in the first place, did I see this film?"
Sound of Boot is an investigative flick with a difference. First of all, Sathar (Riza Bawa), a senior Police Officer, who has just retired from service, is murdered. He is found with his throat cut while on his way back home after the farewell party accorded to him. And in comes S.P. Siddharth Mahadev (Suresh Gopi), assisted by C.I. Aravindan (Krishnakumar), who begin investigating into the case.
Very soon Siddharth is summoned by his former boss, Raghavan Nambiar (Rajan P. Dev) who tells him that his daughter Meera Nambiar (Honey Rose), a girl with a passion for Hindustani music and books, is missing. Siddharth begins his hunt. Nambiar says that he'd received a call telling him that his daughter had eloped with her lover. But Meera had always stated that she didn't have any secret that her father didn't know of.
Meanwhile on the very next day at Nambiar's own house Siddharth happens to meet young Rahul Krishna (Bala), who claims that Meera had eloped with him. Rahul tells him that they had a room in a resort where its old proprietor (Murali) had kept Meera hostage. Siddharth rushes to the resort and finds Meera dead. The proprietor tells him another story with Rahul as the villain and Siddharth rushes back, only to find Nambiar also killed. The story progresses to a climax, that is well thought out, but not that well executed either from the scenarist's side or from the director's.
Suresh Gopi as Siddharth Mahadev is good, but the character is not as loud or volatile as the firebrand characters that the actor usually does, and hence it disappoints his admirers to a very great extent. The others in the cast too have done their respective roles well, but since characterization is poor, even a veteran like Murali fails to impress.
The flashback to the days of the emergency is good, but it doesn't make much of an impact. The only song in the film could very well have been avoided. Though technically good, the film could have been made better. Sound of Boot is best avoided, unless you are hell bent on seeing all films that get released. That's what one feels after watching the latest product from Shaji Kailas.
Critic: Thomas T
2.5 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: Okay
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good
Other Critic Reviews
Though technically slick, 'The Sound of Boot' is noticeably a fiasco, in that it's a bizarrely flat and laboriously mechanical mystery.