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Bicycle Thieves Movie Review – Worth Your Time, Money

By: Ajin Krishna
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Debutant Director Jismon Joy has made a mark in the industry with his first offering Bicycle Thieves starring Asif Ali and Aparna Gopinath in the lead. Bicycle thieves by all means is an entertainer with lots of twists and turns post half.

Losing his dad and mom at an early age, Kunchako (Asif Ali) lives with his relatives who dislikes him. Fed up with the life there, Kunchako leaves his home after stealing their bicycle. With the over craze for bicycles, Kunchako joins the gang of Bose (Salim Kumar) and his assistants Ramesh (Saiju Kurup) and Rahim (Bineesh Kodiyeri) who steal and sell bicycles. Years pass by and the four of them continue to steal bicycles. One day, Mathews (Devan) seeks their help to steal a big amount of money from Swamy (Saikumar). Taking up the quotation, the gang succeeds in their job, but things take a turn when Ramesh cheats them and flees with money.

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This causes the gang to split up and Kunchako leaves to another place where he continues his life as a thief. At the new place, Kunchako meets up with Kashinathan (Vijay Babu), a criminal lawyer who offers him a driver job and Meera (Aparna Gopinath) who works at a private bank. With frequent acquaintances, Kunchako and Meera fall in love. Rest of the plot is filled with many twists and turns and deals with where the newly arrived guests in Kunchako's life take him to.


Asif Ali has given out a controlled performanced through Kunchako. His action scenes are worth a mention. Aparna Gopinath as Meera is super cute and delivers near flawless act. Vijay Babu as Kashinathan suits well into the character. Aju Varghese and Balu makes entry in three or four scenes only and director couldn't just convey the need of those characters. Rest of the cast including Salim Kumar, Saiju Kurup, Siddique, Saikumar, Devan, KPAC Lalitha, Bineesh Kodiyeri, Jaffer Idukki are good in their roles, easy pick from these being Siddique.

Cinematography, Music, Dialogues
Cinematography by Binendra Menon is good, though he has nothing new to offer.

Music by Deepak Dev is pleasing and the two songs in the movie 'Punchiri Thanchum' and 'Mele Vaanile' might find a place in hit charts. Background music of the movie is in perfect sync with the mood of the movie.

Dialogues, be it the one liner comic numbers or the emotional ones, are well written and Jis Joy deserves an applause for it. Though the movie has a slow beginning, it later picks up its pace and ends up safe. Over twisted climax scenes (though the movie demands it) and slow paced starting can be pointed out as the negatives of Bicycle Thieves.

On the whole, Bicycle Thieves is a entertainer by all means, and if you can forget the minimal flaws a debutant director offers here, its worth your time and money.

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