The film is distinct as far as the oeuvre of Antony is concerned. Cycle is an intriguing and suspenseful film laced with humour and youthful energy.
Cycle is also important for its casting as it marks the debut of Vineeth Sreenivasan, son of veteran actor Sreenivasan. Vineeth has already established himself as a playback singer.
The film`s story may appear very old, but it is told in such a way that it connects with Gen Next. Credit should go to Albert, who has taken a tale from the duo Siddique-Lal era of mimicry and placed it in the current scenario.
This is a rarity considering that filmmakers still seek to emulate the 1980s, as if the key to success is just a replication of the decade-old formulas.
The tale is about two friends, Roy (Vineeth) and Sanju, played by Vinu Mohan of Naivedhyam fame, struggling to make both ends meet with their low salaries, working respectively as a cashier in a private finance company and as a salesman in an electronics goods shop.
Roy is a fun guy who does not mind using crooked ways to achieve his ends. Sanju is quite the opposite. He is a brooding person with a chip on his shoulder. He is bitter at how life has treated him.
The story has all the vital ingredients like romance, family sentiments, suspense and action. The female leads, Bhama and Sandhya, do their parts well, though their characters could have been etched out more sharply.
Vineeth does his best to be like his father. His mannerism and dialogue delivery are the same as his father`s. Vinu Mohan handles a sober role deftly.
The music by Mejo Joseph, who was first noticed in Notebook, is entertaining if not enchanting.
It is surprising that Antony can handle such stuff after being tagged as a slapstick comedy maker, but credit should go to scriptwriter Albert who delivered a sound script.
Johny Antony, one of the noted commercial directors among the young lot, is teaming up with `Classmates` script writer James Albert for the new venture `Cycle`. Renowned Actor Sreenivasan`s son Vineet, a well known playback singer, is venturing as an actor through this movie. Other major roles are handled by `Nivedhyam` fame Vinu Mohan and Bhama, and Tamil actress `Kathal` fame Sandhya. The film is named Cycle, as life according to script writer James Albert is an art of balancing just like cycling.
The film deals with the high hopes, desires and dreams of a young generation, in which fate plays a definite role. The story revolves around a shopping mall in Kochi, where four youth are employed. Vineet plays Roy, a cashier of Kousthubhan Financiers and Sanju (Vinu Mohan), a salesman of World Electronics functioning in the same complex. Bhama portrays Annie, an office staff in a travel agency. Meenakshi (Sandhya), daughter of Kousthubhan spends her time in the complex. They are all good friends. An unexpected turn of events on a New Year`s Eve, change their lives forever...
Others in the cast include Murali, Sai Kumar, Cochin Haneefa, T G Ravi, Saddique, Anoop Chandran, Jagathy etc. The film is produced by Thilakan Thandasseri, Sunny Kuruvila and Viswanathan Nair under the banner of Master Cinema. Shaji handles the camera for the film. Mejo Joseph composes music for the songs penned by Anil Panachooran.
The film shot in locales in Thrissur, Ernakulam and Mumbai would be brought to the theatres by Lal Creations release in February.