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Rock N Roll Review

 
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Director Renjith's Rock 'n' Roll, does not rock! Made by a great director, backed with an ensemble cast, it just fails to keep up to the expectations of the audiences. The movie is based on the same old stories and offers nothing new.

Chandramouli (Mohanlal) is an internationally acclaimed drummer, an obsessive alcoholic, introduced in the film as 'Ullugam Sutrum Vallibhan', as he keeps moving to different places around the globe. He keeps himself busy playing drums for various musical troupes, has no belief in love and views women as mere substance of satisfying physical desires. Once a member of a musical troupe in Chennai, Mouli later moved abroad and lost the contact with his old friends.

One of his friends, Gunashekaran (Siddique), who is composing the music for a film by director Lal Jose (Lal Jose in a cameo role), happens to meet Mouli in Mumbai. At Guna's request, Mouli moves to Chennai to play the drums for a song in a film. Mouli first refuses to play drums for Lal Jose's film, but later agrees, treating it as an opportunity to work with his old friends and members of his old troupe which include a violinist Issac (Lal), a keyboard player Henry (Rehman), a tabla player Balu (Harishree Ashokan), a choreographer Meenakshy (Shwetha) and a music composer Vishwanathan (Mukesh).

Mouli enjoys himself, working with his old pals and helping them resolve all their personal issues. When Mouli meets a Mumbai-based singer, Daya Sreenivas, he falls in love with her and wants to win her heart. What changes Daya brings in Mouli's life, forms the rest of the story.

Mohanlal makes a genuine attempt to give his best, but the main problem is that the character of Chandramouli doesn't suit him. Lakshmi Rai looks gorgeous and gives a good performance. Siddique, Jagathy, Mukesh, Harishree Ashokan, Rehman, Sooraj and Manoj K. Jayan have hardly anything to contribute as the movie focuses mainly on the character of Chandramouli.

Music by Vidyasagar is good but does not cater to the expectations the audiences. 'O Mama Chandra mama...' is a peppy song. The only thing that works in the film is the cinematography by Manoj Pillai.

Topics: lakshmi rai, manoj k jayan, harishree ashokan, ar rahman
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