Diwanji Moola Grand Prix, directed by popular film-maker Anil Radhakrishna Menon, is one among the two Malayalam movies, which is all set to kick-start the year 2018. Diwanji Moola Grand Prix did gain the attention right with the announcement of its interesting title, much like the previous ventures of the director.
The story of Diwanji Moola Grand Prix is set against the backdrop of Thrissur city. The film takes us to a place fondly called as Diwanji Moola, which is set within the Thrissur district. Diwanji Moola has its own share of problems. Sajan Joseph IAS takes charge as the District Collector and he has a big task in front of him.
At first, get to know how the cast & crew members of the Diwanji Moola Grand Prix have fared for the movie..
Kunchacko Boban As Sajan Joseph
Kunchacko Boban appears as Sajan Joseph, an IAS officer. Of late, there has been a positive change in the way the actor has been selecting his roles and it is quite evident in this movie, as well. The role has its own due importance in the film and Kunchacko Boban has come up with a neat and matured performance, which was required for a character like this.
Nyla Usha As Effymol
Nyla Usha gets to play a well-written role and in fact, one of the best in her acting career, so far. As Effymol, who hails from Diwanji Moola, she has come up with a very effective performance.
Vinayakan As Vareedh
Well, this man is definitely the show-stealer of the film. We get to see more of this character only towards the latter half, but he makes it a point to entertain one and all with his interesting portrayal of Vareedh.
Siddique As Jithendra
Siddique gets to play the role of Jithendra, a quadriplegic, who was once a bike racer. His character has a lot of depth and Siddique is an apt choice for this role. In fact, he does evoke laughter with some his neat one-liners.
Rest Of The Cast
Diwanji Moola Grand Prix has a strong supporting cast. Debutante Rahul has done a neat job. Ketaki Narayanan also comes up with a fine performance. Nedumudi Venu once again impresses whereas Rajeev Pillai's makeover is worth mentioning. And then, the film also brings back some of the prominent characters of the Malayalam movies based in Thrissur. Some of them have worked well but certain others looked forced upon without any relevance.
Director – Anil Radhakrishna Menon
Anil Radhakrishna Menon takes the audiences once again to the land of Thrissur, after the successful Sapthamasree Thaskaraha. This time, he takes the audiences to a new terrain of the city and the lives of people living out there.
The film-maker in him takes his own time in establishing the core storyline of the movie and he introduces the chraacters one by one. But, at places, he slips off from the main track, which slightly affects the viewing experience.
Due credits to him for the picturisation of the racing sequences, which are sure to be a delight for the audiences. He has infused that thrilling elements in the right proportions, which does give the film an all new angle.
Script – Anil Radhakrishna Menon & Prasanth Nair
Diwanji Moola Grand Prix has been jointly scripted by Anil Radhakrishna Menon and Prasanth Nair. The story of Diwanji Moola grand Prix isn't anything new but the characterisations, definitely are. The way in which many of the characters in the film have been etched is pretty impressive. The script also has elements of a social satire infused in it, which works pretty well. But at the same time, some of the proceedings are rather predictable.
Cinematographer Alex J Pullickel has yet again come up with an impressive work after Action Hero Biju. Special mention to the way in which he has handled the racing sequences. Editing by manoj Kannoth is fine. Gopi Sunder has done a decent job with the music department.
Diwanji Moola Grand Prix takes its own time to come to the main storyline. The first half of the film is filled with lots of moments of light humour, which has been delivered while introducing the major characters of the film. The film shifts gear in the second half with the entry of some well-written characters and the racing sequences.
As mentioned above, the characterisations are what attract the audiences the most in the film. The storyline or the proceedings don't have anything new or fresh in it but the lives of the people in Diwanji Moola do give the film, a freshness. Along with it, the film-maker's satirical take on some of the social happenings also turns out to be a fruitful affair.
Diwanji Moola Grand Prix isn't the best work of Anil Radhakrishna Menon. But still, the film is definitely a watchable one for its characters, performances and the light humour which is there in the film in abundance.