Diwanjimoola Grand Prix review: A well-intended feel-good movie

Diwanjimoola Grand Prix is a well-intended feel-good movie soaked in good ol’ Thrissur humour, writes Deepa Antony.

Directed by Anil Radhakrishnan Menon, Diwanjimoola Grand Prix is co-written by him and Prashant M Nair. With a start cast that looks good on paper, like Kunchako Boban, Siddique, Nedumudi Venu, Nyla Usha, Vinayakan, Hareesh Kanaran, Sudheer Karamana, et al., the film has no obvious lead.

Anil Radhakrishnan Menon starts with Diwanjimoola Grand Prix exactly where Sapthamashree Taskara ended. This is a story with no obvious leads, but many heroes. Kunchako Boban plays a smart and dashing biker IAS officer reminiscent of “Collector bro”, the co-writer of the script. Siddique plays Jithendran, a wheel-chair bound paralytic biker who was forced to give up his dreams following a bike accident on the race course. Nyla Usha plays Effy mol, Jithendran’s daughter who is the ward-member-cum “caretaker” of Diwanjimoola. She is everybody’s ‘go-to’ person. Rajeev Pillai, the muscle-man of Malayalam cinema, appears as a paunchy and anxious gunman to the Collector. Quite a turn over! Apart from them there are a bunch of fresh actors, all of whom seem like seasoned actors on the screen.

Diwanjimoola Grand Prix is story about revival. It is about the revival of Diwanjimoola from the anarchy ensued over gang-wars. It is about the revival of dirt-bike racing, a sport Thrissur has loved once upon a time and has hence forgotten. It is about the revival of dreams and aspirations. It is also about finding peace and love. It’s an all out feel-good movie placed at the heart of Thrissur. The music by Gopi Sundar takes it a couple of notches up. After Action Hero Biju and Sunday Holiday, Alex J. Pulickal does a decent job with the camera for this feel-good movie.

The film has too many characters introduced in the beginning. Case in point, the thieves, who in the end of Sapthamashree Taskara start digging towards Sree Padmanabha Temple from Kozhikode. There is also Sudheer Karamana reprising his role as Leaf Vasu from Sapthamashree Taskara, Tini Tom (reprising his role from Pranchiyettan & the Saint?) The fact that none of these characters have absolutely anything to do with the central theme pulls you away from the central narrative. Also, much like Sapthamashree Taskara, almost the entire story is narrated to you through these characters that are of no consequence to the central theme. Hence it takes you quite a while to sink into the narrative and start “feeling” the cinema. But, the film takes a spectacular turn into a well molded comedy with the entry of Vinayakan as Coach-Brother Vareed. He pretty much sets the narrative into a good pace and takes it from there.

For a movie about racing Diwanjimoola Grand Prix is awfully irresponsible regarding helmets! In various occasions and time frames bike racers are shown riding sans a helmet with no regard for safety or rules. Diwanjimoola Grand Prix is a well intended feel-good movie soaked in good ol’ Thrissur humour. But it did falter somewhere at the writing table and failed to set a comfortable pace. It has been a feel-good movie in parts and places but is that enough? That’s for you to decide. 

reviewed byDeepa Antony

12 Jan 2018 | 12:12 PM

  • directed by
  • Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
  • Starring
  • Kunchacko Boban
  • Siddique
  • Nedumudi Venu
  • Nyla Usha