A newly-appointed Thrissur collector takes up the task of cleansing up town of its shortcomings and rallying individuals for a noble cause, by bringing back a mud bike Grand Prix. The race is a platform to settle recent scores and unearth new heroes for those in Diwanjimoola.
REVIEW: Right from its begin, director Anil radhakrishnan Menon’s latest film Diwanjimoola Grand Prix makes it clear that it tunnels into a story a couple of group of people and their interests in a very place referred to as Diwanjimoola in Thrissur. without any flurry, the audience is planted straight in a very gallery at the side of its residents as they apprehensively set for the start of a dirt bike athletics tournament.
Using multiple characters within the gallery, the director unfolds the plot taking the audience back and forth to what led to the Grand Prix and its importance. A start lineis that the entry of newly-appointed collector Sajan Joseph IAS (Kunchacko Boban) WHO takes up the task of setting his town so as. a number of his challenges areuniting its residents particularly those within the wards wherever gang wars are current, allocating funds for a mental hospital and calming the residents once his higher-ups call for a ban on crackers in Thrissurpooram. As a solution to those, he proposes bringing back the Diwanjimoola Grand Prix, that was once the pride of the place.
Along the means, we tend to are introduced to many eclectic characters – Jithender (Siddique), a quadriplegic and former bike racer, his daughter and ward member Effymol (Nyla Usha), a deaf and mute youth Sattan (Rahul Rajasekharan) and his gang comprising contrary youth. The collector’s proposal to restart the dirt biketournament, offers all of them a typical purpose. however the cluster attempt to achieve their goal despite the hurdles completes the plot.
The first half the movie, written by Anil and Prashant Nair IAS, takes its time establishing the characters. However, it does not justify that as by the half some of the characters are hardly relevant to what happens and even the friendly appearances used to narrate the story take the focus off from the plot. In fact, those introduced within the latter half – such as mechanic Davis (Nedumudi Venu) and a race coach-turned-preacher Varghese (Vinayakan) – are more entertaining and fuels the movieforward.
The film has its laugh-out-loud moments, with Vinayakan, Siddique and newcomer Rajiv, WHO capably plays Sattan’s friend within the film. Effymol is perhaps Nyla’s best role however with the actress acing the Thrissur accent and lending quality to the character’s go-getter angle. Siddique ups his game as a quadriplegic within thefilm whereas debutant Rahul too emotes well to attach with the audience while not words. Kunchacko Boban, Rajeev Pillai and Sijoy Varghese do justice to their components.
The end though is certain but Alex J Pulickal’s frames within the final race once again place the audience bang within the centre of the track, to sustain the fun. Anil has opted for a far lighter tone for his latest outing compared to his previous films and the satire has its heart in right place – discussing problems with false guaranteesby politicians, youth while not purpose, neglecting the travails of the voiceless and significance of culture. However, it tries to focus on too much while not really thruston any. that would have packed some power to the film.