Cycle Kick is the story of how small things, no matter how modest to us, can be the most sought after treasure for another. It has an original concept, though it is not as trendy as the other Bollywood flicks in town. At some places it appears amateurish in parts. Cycle Kick movie review…
It is shot in the serene seaside town of Sindhugarh in coastal Maharashtra, the orinality of the story, new locations and the fresh faces make it a good watch.
Debutant director Shashi Sudigada takes us into the world of the brothers Ramu (K. P. Nishan Nanaiah) and his younger brother Deva (Dwij Yadav who was the protagonist in Nanhe Jaisalmer). They live in a small coastal village and without parents have grown up relying only on life’s necessities and they yearn just for some simple pleasures of life.
Ramu works all morning and attends college in the afternoon just so that he can send Deva to a decent school. Both boys can’t see their lives altering… Until one day they find a beaten up cycle. The repair it and swiftly their lives change.
Ramu is able to be more productive and take up extra jobs and Deva fulfills his dream of owning a cycle, which is seen as a symbol of status in this sleepy village. Their lives are looking up… Then suddenly the cycle is stolen. Ramu and Deva search for the thief and it leads them to Ali (Sunny Hinduja).
Ali is a feisty young man using the cycle as a way to make an impression. For him, it makes him the centre of attention finally. Ramu and Deva confront Ali who swears he didn’t steal the bike and won’t let it go easily. In the middle of this conflict, the coach of the Government College (Tom Alter) where Ramu and Ali study at proposes a novel way to settle the dispute – a football match.
On playing themselves to a standstill, the two decide to share the cycle until Ali’s past catches up to him and the cycle is destroyed in a fight with boys from the more expensive St. Joseph’s College.
Eager to settle the score the Coach and the boys decide to take on St. Joseph’s in a football match. Ramu and Ali are without facilities and even a training field but they make it up in heart and desire.
Who will win? Cyclekick is about honour, pride and the joys of youth culminating in a pulsating climax that will show who will kick or be kicked!!!
There is some similarity to Mansoor Khan’s Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander but it seems a decent effort with such a simple plot which is dramatic in certain places, but yet watchable
A simple story is supported by a well written script and the screenplay is effective. Cinematographer Anshul Choubey captures the beauty of the coastal village of Maharashtra with finesse.
Nishan Nanaiah and Dwij Yadav as the brothers, come up with sincere performances. Equally good is Sunny Hinduja and he makes his presence felt. Girija and Ishita Sharma have limited roles. The real show stealer was Tom Alter who is top notch as the football coach.
It is to the credit of the director who sincerely portrays the delicate relationship of elder bro who is love-stuck and his kid brother Nishan who dreams about his cycle which are the Cycle Kick’s endearing moments.
Cast of Cycle Kick:
Girija Oak – Shrishti
K. P. Nishan Nanaiah – Ramu
Dwij Yadav – Dewa
Tom Alter – Football Coach
Sunny Hinduja – Ali
CREDITS & CREW of Cycle Kick:
Banner – Mukta Searchlight Films
Directed by: Shashi Sudigala
Produced by: Subhash Ghai
Cinematography: Anshul Choubey
Cycle Kick – movie review