Business rating: 0.5/5 star
Star cast: Nishan Nanaiah, master Dwij Yadav, Girija Oak, Sunny Hinduja, Tom Alter.
What’s Good: The cinematography.
What’s Bad: The scattered and fragmented story; average performances.
Verdict: Cycle Kick does not entertain. It will do dismal business at the box-office.
Loo Break: Several.
Watch or Not?: Watch only if you like amateur cinema.
Mukta Arts Ltd.’s Cycle Kick is the story of a couple of brothers in a village and their struggle to educate themselves and move out of poverty.
Deva (master Dwij Yadav) and Ramu (Nishan Nanaiah) are orphans. Deva’s is afflicted by polio in his left leg. His elder brother, Ramu, works hard at odd jobs in the mornings to make enough money to send Deva to school and himself to afternoon college. One day, the brothers find a beat-up cycle which they repair for their own use. At one of the odd jobs, Ramu meets Shrishti (Girija Oak) and they fall in love. When they start going around, Shrishti’s brother spots them together. Scared, Ramu runs away. He soon discovers that his precious cycle has been stolen from outside Shrishti’s house. Life without the cycle becomes tough. So, Ramu steals the cycle of Shrishti’s brother but his conscience bites him and he decides to return it. However, before he can hand over the cycle to Shrishti’s brother, the brother spots him with the cycle and has him arrested and sent to police lock-up for stealing.
Soon, Deva discovers that Ali (Sunny Hinduja) has stolen his brother’s cycle. He confronts Ali who slaps him and sends him off. When Ramu is released from the lock-up, he, too, confronts Ali and it soon develops into a brawl. However, the football coach (Tom Alter) of the college in which Ramu works as a grass-cutter, steps in and gets them to compromise by using the cycle on alternate days. Ramu and Ali soon become fast friends.
The football coach then arranges a football match with a rival college and Ramu scores the winning goal.
Cycle Kick Review – Script Analysis
The story, penned by Shashi Sudigala, is scattered and fragmented. It lacks focus. Shashi’s screenplay attempts to do too much and ends up doing too little, that too, with hardly any finesse or competence. Dialogues are very ordinary.
Cycle Kick Trailer
Cycle Kick Review – Star Performances & Direction
The acting is generally average. Nishan Nanaiah is barely passable. Master Dwij Yadav is nice and effective. Sunny Hinduja performs well. Girija Oak’s role is underdeveloped and she is barely adequate. Ishita Sharma gets very little to do; she is okay. Gaurav Ghatnekar passes muster. Tom Alter is his usual competent self. The rest of the cast lends able support.
Director Shashi Sudigala gets bogged down by his dull screenplay; otherwise, his shot takings are quite nice. Anshul Chaubey’s cinematography is good. Editing should have been a lot sharper. There is no original music in the film. Production and technical values are dull.
Cycle Kick Review – Komal Nahta’s Verdict
On the whole, Cycle Kick will face complete rejection at the box-office.