Lokpal (film)

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Lokpal
Lokpal (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoshiy
Produced byRuby Vijayan
S. L. Vimal Kumar
Written byS. N. Swamy
Starring
Music byRatheesh Vegha
CinematographyPradeep Nair
Edited bySyam Sasidharan
Production
company
Happy & Ruby Cinemas
Distributed byMaxlab Cinemas and Entertainments
Release date
  • 31 January 2013 (2013-01-31)
[1][2][3]
Running time
140 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Lokpal is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language vigilante thriller film written by S. N. Swamy and directed by Joshiy.[4] The film stars Mohanlal as chef Nandagopal who leads a double life with an alter ego named Lokpal, a vigilante fighting against corruption. Kavya Madhavan, Meera Nandan, Manoj K. Jayan, Thambi Ramaiah, and Saikumar plays supporting roles.[4][5] The soundtrack was composed by Ratheesh Vegha. The film was released on 31 January 2013.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

Chef Nandagopal (Mohanlal), while publicly known as the chef of the popular Nandu's Food Court, is also 'Lokpal' (Peoples' Protector), who fights corruption. The film does a flashback to Nandagopal's backstory which involves "attempted murder, a juvenile home and unrequited love"[6]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film is produced by S. L. Vimal kumar, Balan Vijayan and M. Vijayakumar, under the banner of Happy & Ruby Cinemas.[5] The film was launched on 10 September 2012 with a pooja ceremony organised at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Kochi, India. The movie was filmed in Kochi.

Release[edit]

The film was released on 31 January 2013 in 80 screens across Kerala.[1][2][3] The distribution rights for Lokpal were bought by Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments. Lokpal's premiere was held on 22 January 2013 in Kalabhavan theatre, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics. Paresh C Palicha of Rediff gave the movie 1.8/5, commenting that "It is hard to believe that Lokpal is the work of the director Joshiy who has given some good films in the past, which is a huge letdown."[7] Moviebuzz of Sify gave the movie a verdict of "Pathetic", stating that "Lokpal is the kind of film that has been made with some kind of arrogance, without even scant regard for the viewer. Watch some of the yesteryear gems from Mohanlal instead of wasting time on this one."[8] Unni R Nair of Kerala9 gave the movie 2/5, saying that "Lokpal is unimpressive, just because the script plays foil. Is watchable for the sake of Mohanlal."[9][unreliable source?] Parvathy Nair of SansCinema gave the movie 1/4, commenting that "Lokpal is a missed opportunity, with the only highlight being the presence and performance of Mohanlal."[10][unreliable source?]

Soundtrack[edit]

Lokpal
Soundtrack album by
Released26 January 2013 (2013-01-26)
Recorded2012
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length25:32
LanguageMalayalam
LabelManorama Music
ProducerRatheesh Vegha
Ratheesh Vegha chronology
Matinee
(2012)
Lokpal
(2013)
David and Goliath
(2013)

The soundtrack was composed by Ratheesh Vegha, with lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed. The album consists of six songs and was launched on 26 January 2013 at Kochi. The event was attended by Mohanlal, Joshiy, Ratheesh Vegha, Kavya Madhavan, Manoj K. Jayan, Meera Nandan along with the technical crew and cast of Lokpal.

Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Mayam Mayam"Rafeeq AhmedSooraj Santhosh3:49
2."Mizhiyithalil"Rafeeq AhmedKarthik4:25
3."Kunjaruvikal Onnay"Rafeeq AhmedArun Elta4:20
4."Arjunante"Rafeeq AhmedSooraj4:20
5."Hari Govinda"Rafeeq AhmedPradeep Chandrakumar4:11
6."Mayam Mayam Remix"Rafeeq AhmedSooraj Santhosh, Ratheesh Vegha4:21
Total length:25:32

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lokpal releases with average reports". CNN-IBN. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Lokpal opens in 80 centres". IndiaGlitz. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Lokpal released in 80 centres" Archived 4 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. SansCinema. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Mohanlal is the ‘Lokpal’". Khaleej Times. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Lokpal – Malayalam Online Movie Database". MOMDb.com. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Review: Mohanlal's Lokpal is a big letdown – Rediff.com Movies". Rediff. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Lokpal is a big letdown" Rediff. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Movie Review: Lokpal" Sify. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. Pathetic
  9. ^ "Lokpal Kerala9 Review" Kerala9. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 2.5/5 stars
  10. ^ "Lokpal Review" SansCinema. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.

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