Diwanjimoola Grand Prix
|Diwanjimoola Grand Prix|
|Directed by||Anil Radhakrishnan Menon|
|Screenplay by||Anil Radhakrishnan Menon|
Prashant M. Nair
Riyas Marath (dialogue)
|Story by||Anil Radhakrishnan Menon|
|Produced by||Masood T. P.|
Safeer K. P.
|Cinematography||Alex J. Pulickal|
|Music by||Gopi Sunder|
|Distributed by||Central Pictures|
Diwanjimoola Grand Prix is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language comedy sport film directed by Anil Radhakrishnan Menon. The screenplay was co-written by Menon and former Kozhikode District Collector Prasanth Nair, fondly known as Collector Bro while dialogues are written by Riyas Marath. The film features Kunchacko Boban, Nyla Usha, Nedumudi Venu, Siddique, Vinayakan, and Sudheer Karamana. The film was released on theaters in 5 January 2018.
A newly-appointed district collector of Thrissur takes up the task of cleaning up the city of its shortcomings and rallying people for a noble cause, by bringing back a bike race at the Diwanjimoola race track after three decades. The race serves as a platform to settle old scores and unearth new heroes for those in Diwanjimoola.
- Kunchacko Boban as Sajan Joseph IAS (Reprise name from Kasthooriman)
- Nyla Usha as Effy mol
- Siddique as Jithendran
- Nirmal Palazhi as Sivan
- Shaheen Siddique as Young Jithendran
- Sijoy Varghese as Christo
- Rahul Rajasekharan as Saththan
- Ketaki Narayan as Peeli Mol
- Rajeev rajan as Elluminungi
- Jithin Paramel as Para
- Ravi menon as Alavi
- Nedumudi Venu as Davisettan
- Vinayakan as Vareedh
- Rajeev Pillai as Gunman PP Shibu
- Assim Jamal as CA Kunjahammad
- Manikandan Pattambi as Anirudhan
- Hareesh Kanaran as Ganeshan
- Abraham Koshy as Accomplice
- Ashokan as Rishi (Reprise name from Thoovanathumbikal)
- Sudheer Karamana as Leaf Vasu (From Sapthamashree Thaskaraha)
- Tini Tom as Subhran (From Pranchiyettan and the Saint)
- Umar payyanur as taxi driver
Menon co-writes the film with Prashant M. Nair, the former Kozhikode district collector. Principal photography commenced on 12 April 2017 in Thrissur, Kerala. The film was shot in different locations in and around Thrissur town. Some parts were shot in Ernakulam. Many of the actors were selected after an extensive audition. The film marks the debut of many of these actors. A motion poster of the film was released on 18 Oct 2017 Diwali day. Sudheer Karamana reprises the role of Leaf Vasu from the director's earlier film Sapthamashree Thaskaraha, Ashokan as Rishi of Padmarajan's Thoovanathumbikal and Tini Tom as Subramanian of Ranjith's Pranchiyettan & the Saint. The film score and songs were composed by Gopi Sundar.
Rating the film , Meenakshy Menon of Cinema Express stated, "Diwanjimoola has the right focus, steady flow and when the film ends, it feels complete and fills us with positivity." Sanjith Sasidharan of The Times of India rated the film  said that "The film is a lighter and the satire has its heart in right place – discussing issues of false promises by politicians, youth without purpose, neglecting the travails of the voiceless and significance of culture. However, it tries to highlight too much without really thrusting on any. That would have packed some power to the film". Filmibeat rated and stated: "the film is definitely a watchable one for its characters, performances and the light humor which is there in the film in abundance".
The background score and songs have been composed by Gopi Sunder. The lyrics have been written by Harinarayanan.
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