04 Dec, 2015 2 hrs 03 mins U/A
Siddharth Menon, Eva Pavithran, Poornima Bhagyaraj, Mallika Sukumaran, M Jayachandran, Praseetha Menon, Saiju Kurup
Synopsis
This new-gen romcom about a rock singer and a beauty stylist is watered down to make it acceptable to the audience, but in the process loses whatever steam it built up in the first 30 minutes.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story : A young lead vocalist of rock band leads a promiscuous life till he has a one-night stand with a beauty stylist, who gets pregnant. The drama evolves when the two decide to unwillingly get married for the sake of the baby.

Review : Rock Star could easily be the most misleading title of the year! The movie is a new-gen romcom about a rock singer Ananth Abraham (Siddharth Menon) who gets beauty stylist Athira Menon (Eva Pavithran) pregnant after a one-night stand. V K Prakash, who has directed several bold movies, including 'Beautiful' and 'Trivandrum Lodge', is found wanting this time as he is too busy sugar-coating the film's themes of promiscuity, pregnancy out of wedlock and loose moral codes. While this does make the movie easier to watch, it takes viewers down a cliched path.

The characters depict different aspects of today's youth. Both Ananth and Athira don't believe in marriage, yet they hold dear traditional values of good parenting. The duo decides to deal with the pregnancy by getting married, having the child and then getting divorced. Whether their lives pan out according to plan forms the crux of the tale.

The script is watered down to make it acceptable to the audience, but in the process loses whatever steam it built up in the first 30 minutes. The director too seems to bypass this by employing several songs to do the narration rather than working on strong, effective dialogues that could have driven the point home.

Siddharth as the rugged, young vocalist feels more at home during the song and dance sequences. His acting is inconsistent but he doesn't really come off as too stiff for a debutant. Eva Pavithran looks at ease with her character. The rest of the cast, including M Jayachandran, Sona Nair and Mallika Sukumaran, have nothing much to do. In fact, the scriptwriters seem to have shelved the thread about Athira's parents (Poornima Bhagyaraj and Prakash Bare) midway.

An established cast and strong screenplay could have salvaged this otherwise lukewarm affair from V K Prakash.

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