The simple message of this light, laidback film: Cling to hope while cycling through life.
The plot: It’s simple and uncluttered. Two orphaned siblings, Ramu (KP Nishan Nanaiah) and Deva (Dwij Yadav), are as close as peas in a pod. Ramu, the elder and hence the responsible sibling, balances work and academics simultaneously, making ends meet with difficulty, yet managing the essentials, getting his kid brother educated along the way. Until one day, lady luck shines on them and they find a battered old cycle. Deva’s dream has come true. He has always longed to own a cycle and now he has one. But his happiness is shortlived as their cycle is suddenly stolen. The search for the culprit leads them to Ali (Sunny Hinduja) who denies having robbed the cycle. A clash follows and to resolve this, their college coach (Tom Alter), suggests a football match to decide the owner. When the result is a tie, the two decide to share the cycle until Ali's past catches up with him and the cycle is destroyed in a fight. The story tracks the edgy equation between Ramu and Ali and their spirit as they sweat it out for their cycle and more.
The good: The sheer simplicity and subtlety, in sync with the message of the film, guided by a soft background score, invites you to pedal along smoothly. At 1 hr 20 mins, the film is just the right length, striking a balance between romance and aspirations.
The bad: Despite its simplicity, Cycle Kick forgets to ignite a spark. It offers nothing novel, nothing exciting that will make viewers sit up and applaud. The film sometimes appears to be a conglomerate of other films, like the setup of Ali’s household reminds you of Iqbal and you cannot help but think of Lagaan during the climax. Clichés crop up, like for instance raindrops falling as a mark of happy times, or when it’s love-at-first-sight for Ramu.
Overall: Cycle Kick is an uncomplicated, inspiring DVD watch. Do not expect too much and you will have a pleasant, warm feeling as the final credits roll.
– Nikita Periwal