Lokpal Fails to Impress
Review By: Parvathy Nair
The newest venture from Joshy narrates the life of a multi-faceted man, Nandagopal (Mohanlal) and his fight against corruption. The film though titled Lokpal is not overtly political, although a fight against corruption is the main thread.
Mohanlal (Nandagopal) runs Nadoos Food Court, popular for its excellent cuisine. Chef by profession and an undercover Social activist by deeds, he runs a well-orchestrated agenda against smugglers and tax evaders. His master plans and underlying intentions form the crux of the story.
Those who expect fireworks from the yesteryear successful trio of Mohanlal, Joshy and S.N.Swami will be in for disappointment. S.N.Swami’s script has its moments, but the lacks of humor and originality topped with an average predictable climax have seriously affected the end product. The plot and story line is seemingly highly influenced by the Jayaraj movie “4 The People” and the Murugadoss movie “Ramana”.
The climax is not captivating enough and leaves you with a feeling that it could have been better. Movie doesn’t have many stupendous dialogues to brag about. Joshy had tried his best to bring life to an otherwise forgettable script.
Pradeep Nair’s camera work is worth mention. Ratheesh Vega’s music is no match to his hummable tunes from “Run Babby Run”.
Mohanlal performs his role with utmost ease. The script doesn’t offer anything challenging to his performance levels, though. Kavya Madhavan as the ex-girlfriend of protagonist performs reasonably well. Manoj K Jayan,Saikumar and Shami Thilakan have done a commendable job with whatever little the script offers them. MeeraNandan has nothing substantial to do in the movie.
All in all, Lokpal is a missed opportunity, with the only highlight being the presence and performance of Mohanlal.
Star: 1 / 4