The shoddy pacing makes 'Rose Guitarinaal' a tedious watch, and we can only thank our lucky stars that it didn't release on Valentine's Day. The last time you relied on Ranjan Pramod was for 'Photographer', and with 'Rose Guitarinaal', he lets you down once again.
Taara (Athmiya) is a trainee with an airline and falls hook and sinker in love with the CEO of her company Shyam (Richard). The otherwise elusive young girl, fails to see that her childhood friend Jo (Manu) has been waiting for her in the aisles for long. Binoy (Rejith Menon), Shyam's best friend cannot simply understand why Shyam has opted for a lass way inferior to his class.
Was this one is supposed to be a musical? I don't know, but what I do know is that it has almost redefined my concept of what a musical could be. 'Rose Guitarinaal' has one song after the other ebbing out in profusion, until you want to reach over to the screens and beg someone to put the music to a stop.
Sometimes it almost seems like there are more songs in the film than dialogues and you lend an ear to find out if the songs are indeed conveying something on their own. You listen to 'Moonga' then, shake your head in disbelief, and give up. No such luck big brother, you console yourself and move on to the next song, perplexed as to why there should be a song there in the first place.
The story where you have Boy A who loves Girl who falls for Boy B isn't something new. It certainly isn't refreshing to hear that Boy B is rich and that Girl is poor, and that Boy A reminds Girl that Boy B might ditch her. Will Boy B be the user that he has always been, or would he prove Boy A wrong? In case you are interested to find out watch 'Rose Guitarinaal'.
The scenes at Taara's office and later at the pastry shop where she works at night are unbelievably simulated, that the actors blurting out dialogues almost resemble robots in action. With little human emotions floating around, they look as if they have been remote controlled by some unknown force that has thrown them together in this film.
I haven't got a clue as to why this film has been titled 'Rose Guitarinaal', and the only reason that I can point out is the rose guitar that I got a glimpse of, when Jo storms into Taara's room. He walks out in no time with the guitar and we don't get to see it thereafter. Apart from this very brief scene, neither the guitar nor its music has got anything to do with the film that 'Rose Guitarinaal' is. Oh yes, and the fact that Taara's dad (Jagadeesh) is a guitar instructor.
Of the four lead performers, Athmiya turns out the winner, and looks delightfully good. The dubbing does ruin things a bit for her, but its nothing when compared to the voice of Richard that is lost somewhere between flat and urbane; suffice it to say that both of them deserved much better voices. While Manu is quite at ease with the character that he plays, Rejith Menon brings life to a character that would otherwise have been lost in the melee.
'Rose Guitarinaal' tells a story that is as old as the seas, and never for a moment makes an attempt to rise above the mundane plane that it sets its characters on. This ain't any comeback for Ranjan Pramod for sure; we need to wait further more to see the writer back in form.