Voice of Sathyanathan movie review: A typical Dileep-Raffi film with absolutely nothing fresh – The Indian Express

There’s one thing ailing the work of many of the senior writers and filmmakers within the Malayalam business, and that one thing stems from their failure to replace themselves and their reluctance to embrace the altering occasions. They appear oblivious to the truth that what labored for them up to now might now not be efficient. 

Legendary filmmakers worldwide have recognised this reality and have both adjusted their strategy to match evolving preferences or gracefully stepped again. That’s one of the best ways to do it, proper? “You both die a hero or stay lengthy sufficient to see your self develop into the villain…” Nonetheless, inspecting the current movies created by many senior filmmakers within the Malayalam business reveals their unwillingness to replace their methods, leading to most of their current works trying like low-quality photostat copies of their earlier works.

It seems that director Raffi, one half of the profitable duo Rafi-Mecartin that created quite a few comedy blockbusters within the 90s and 2000s, is at the moment experiencing an identical drawback. His newest movie Voice of Sathyanathan serves as proof of this predicament.

The film tells the story of Sathyanathan (Dileep), who strikes to a brand new location along with his girlfriend Susan (Veena Nandakumar) after eloping and tying the knot, and the assorted troubles he encounters due to his fixed slips of the tongue. At first, Sathyanathan’s minor verbal slip-ups solely end in small issues, like a spat along with his neighbour Varkey (Siddique). Nevertheless, because the story unfolds, these errors result in extra important problems. Ultimately, Sathyanathan finds himself branded as a nationwide safety risk, prompting the police to implement the Preventive Detention (PD) Act in opposition to him. Whereas in jail, he encounters Balan (Joju George) who has been handed a dying sentence for killing as many as 50 folks. Regardless of making an attempt to take care of a secure distance from Balan out of worry, Sathyanathan in the end turns into his cellmate. This sudden flip of occasions profoundly impacts his life, leaving an enduring affect and perpetually altering its course.

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In all honesty, Voice of Sathyanathan suffers from a really common storyline that appears extra becoming for the 90s or 2000s. Its reliance on Dileep, accused of being the mastermind behind the 2017 actress assault case, and his normal appearing model, which has endeared him to his followers, is obvious all through. From the start itself, the film closely leans on Dileep, because the plot fails to current any partaking or noteworthy moments. Whereas the scenes that includes Dileep and Siddique handle to elicit laughter, the credit score goes to the actors’ comedic talents moderately than the energy of the written jokes.

The narrative lacks coherence and easy development, because it abruptly strikes from one incident to a different, seemingly making an attempt to painting that Sathyanathan’s life is stuffed with points. Regardless of the movie’s declare that he eloped with Susan to construct a life collectively, there isn’t even a single memorable second within the film that really depicts the love between Sathyanathan and Susan, apart from a track sequence.

Regardless of being stuffed with Dileep’s typical slapstick humour, paying homage to his previous movies, Voice of Sathyanathan is more likely to deliver a way of aid to the actor as his movie decisions lately have been persistently subpar and questionable. However, Voice of Sathyanathan additionally serves as a reminder that not solely writers and filmmakers but additionally actors should hold themselves up to date, as their youthful counterparts have made important developments. Within the movie, there are situations the place the actor’s accent adjustments abruptly, with none demand from the story, indicating an absence of consideration from the makers and the thespian. Whereas such practices might have been okay up to now, presenting such a efficiency in entrance of a extra discerning viewers is nothing in need of irresponsible. Dileep ought to come to grasp that his model of dialogue supply and reliance on appearing methods that when labored in older movies like Punjabi Home, Mister Butler, Thenkasipattanam, and Kalyanaraman are now not in vogue. To take care of his presence within the business, he should adapt himself to the altering occasions.


Though Siddique’s comedy brings some pleasure, Veena Nandakumar’s efficiency on this film is extraordinarily disappointing, particularly contemplating her notable roles in movies like Kettyolaanu Ente Malakha, Love, and Bheeshma Parvam. Moreover, each Ramesh Pisharody and Johny Antony fail miserably of their makes an attempt to pressure outdated jokes onto the viewers. Nevertheless, Joju George manages to salvage the movie to some extent, regardless of having restricted display time. His potential to deal with emotional moments shines in Voice of Sathyanathan as nicely. However, it stays unclear why Makarand Deshpande, Jagapathi Babu and Jaffer Sadiq agreed to this movie, as their characters are merely caricatures of comparable roles they’ve performed up to now. Bollywood actor Anupam Kher and director Jude Anthany Joseph have made cameo appearances on this film, although their roles contribute little to the general storyline.

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Whereas Voice Of Sathyanathan fares higher than Raffi’s earlier solo directorial ventures like Ring Grasp and Function Fashions, primarily as a result of absence of disgustingly sexist ‘jokes’, the movie’s lack of freshness can solely be attributed to the writer-director’s unwillingness to enterprise into new terrains.

Because the movie doesn’t present any alternatives for its technical crew, together with cinematographers, editor, and music director, to showcase their abilities, it might be unjust to dissect these points and blame them. Subsequently, it’s only honest to abstain from doing so.


In brief, Voice of Sathyanathan represents an enchancment for each Raffi and Dileep, contemplating their current disappointing endeavours. Hardcore Dileep followers in search of the actor’s classic appeal may get pleasure from this dramedy; nonetheless, as soon as the preliminary pleasure fades, the movie’s makers ought to take a second to mirror on their assumption that audiences would wholeheartedly embrace this film.

Voice of Sathyanathan film solid: Dileep, Veena Nandakumar, Joju George, Jagapathi Babu, Siddique
Voice of Sathyanathan film director: Raffi
Voice of Sathyanathan film ranking: 1.5 stars

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