Much delayed Speed Track finally got released and reviewers have given it favourable reviews. Dileep’s lean patch seems to be over and according to the reviews Dileep holds the movie together. All the reviews state that Speed Track is a racy entertainer. The theme of the movie is oft repeated All sacrificing brother – but it is at least set in sports field. That’s variety. In Jayasurya(scenarist SL Puram’s son) Malayalam cinema has got a new writer-director.
Dileepâ€™s much delayed Speed Track directed by debutant Jayasurya is fast, racy, never-a-dull moment entertainer. The script concentrates on Malayaleeâ€™s craze for athletics which starts at a very early age and the spirit to win against all odds. It has been packaged well with a star cast that works, glossy look, sentiments, comedy, peppy songs, one-liners and a great performance from Dileep.
Arjun (Dileep) is an athlete who joins the BCM sports college with an aim of winning the state championship in athletics. Arjunâ€™s intentions is to get the Rs 10 Lakhs sponsored price money in the competition with which he can pay for the medical treatment of his brother Anil to be done in US. Anil was selected to the state volleyball team but due to Arjunâ€™s carelessness, an accident takes place which puts him on a wheelchair. The elder brother since then has a guilt complex which he wants to get rid, by making his brother walk again.
Dileep is excellent as Arjun while Gajala, who is physically right for the part of Gauri and looks good, fares just average in acting. Madhu Warrier as Rahul is good. Riyaz Khan as Tinu is his very usual self. All the other actors including Jagathy Sreekumar, Vijayaraghavan, Bindu Panicker, Salim Kumar etc have done justice to their respective roles.
The main attraction of The Speed Track is that the director, who has himself penned the story and the script, has paid much care to the packaging aspect. Comedy, romance, thrills and every other ingredient has been put in judiciously. The comic sequences do seem very similar to those we have seen in umpteen films, but they are thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.
Speed Track, the much delayed Dileep-starrer, gives us the competition, games, sports, rivalry and romance associated with a sports college. Debutant writer-director Jayasurya weaves a cohesive story involving all the elements around sports, resulting in a somewhat exciting and enjoyable experience.
The tale of this campus begins with the establishment of prime players — teachers, students (freshers and seniors) and other sundry characters that are found on campus. The focus then shifts to protagonist Arjun (Dileep), a dedicated and focussed athlete who has just joined the college with a mission that interestingly is revealed only half way through the film.
Dileep looks composed and surprises everyone with his athlete look. He does Arjun with effortless ease. Gazala as Gouri is a big surprise packet and also looks good. Madhu Warrier, Salimkumar, Prajod and Co are adequate while Riaz Khan does his usual villainish act.
Deepak Dev has given some good melodies, especially the Yesudas song Paatum Paadi. Udit Narayan in Oru Kinnara Gaanam finds itâ€™s hard once again to spell Mallu properly. Jayasurya has picturised all the songs in a trendy manner.
The film is neither profound nor deep in its story telling methods but does lightly touch on serious issues revolving around the temporal nature of sports life in campuses. All crises get neatly and happily resolved in the Adrenalin pumping climax and the film approvingly views all its bourgeois glamour.
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