Lokpal is a 2013 Malayalam vigilante thriller film written by S. N. Swamy and directed by Joshiy. The film stars Mohanlal in lead role as chef Nandagopal who has an alter ego, the "Lokpal", a vigilante fighting against corruption. Kavya Madhavan, Meera Nandan, Manoj K. Jayan, Thambi Ramaiah, and Saikumar play supporting roles. The soundtrack was composed by Ratheesh Vegha, with lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed. The film released on 31 January 2013.
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"Mohanlal as Nandagopal / Lokpal
Kavya Madhavan as Dr. Geetha
Meera Nandan as Jain
Manoj K. Jayan as SP Vijayan
Thambi Ramaiah as SI Ramdas
Saikumar as Manuel Ittyera
T. G. Ravi as Sathyanweshi Mukundan Menon
Thalaivasal Vijay as P.K.Ramabhadran / PP
Maniyanpilla Raju as Minister Anirudhan
Shammy Thilakan as Vidhyasagar
Sivaji Guruvayoor as Muraleedharan
Baiju V.K. as Adv. Somasundaram
Krishna Kumar as Kumar
Balachandran Chullikkadu as Ashraf
Pradeep Chandran as CI Sunil
Mahesh as Tomichan
Baiju Jose as Security Police
Kalasala Babu as Moideen Sahib
Shafna as Neethu
Asha Jose as Dr. Elizabeth
Reena Basheer as Nandagopal's mother
The film is produced by S. L. Vimal kumar, Balan Vijayan and M. Vijayakumar, under the banner of Happy & Ruby Cinemas. 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.
The film was released on 31 January 2013 in 80 screens across Kerala. 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.
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." 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." 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." 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."
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.