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Chakravyuh Reviews

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Super Reviewer
January 16, 2013
Yet another Prakash Jha film trying to throw some light on one of the major national concerns. But the story used for the cause is way too clichéd and worn out. It'd have worked out big time all the same had the casting included some big names/stars. While it succeeded to receive positive reviews from most critics, it didn't fare so well at B.O. (compared to Aarakshan, Raajneeti, Gangajal, etc.). The performances are alright, but the dialogues lack punch. Besides, Abhay's voice sounds funny even during serious scenes. All said and done, the movie is tolerable enough (extremely lame ending being overlooked for the way the movie proceeded, I wasn't expecting wonders).
October 14, 2013
What do you do when you want to project an age long serious national issue, with its all shades of grey, because over the period of time, stark black and white have ceased to exist? What do you do to make it interesting enough to make the audience invest their time and money and also keep it respectable enough so that the pain, fear and dilemma of lakhs of Indians concerned with it don't take a backseat in the name of sleaze and humour? YOU MAKE 'CHAKRAVYUH'.

And how apt the name is. No beginning, nor end, just an ever going battle between fellow Indians, spreading fear and hatred amongst them, costing several Indian lives every year, most of whom take a bullet and/or undergo torture purely out of duty, without any personal greed or agenda! This is the present day scenario of Naxalite or Maowadi infected India.

Prakash Jha has done a superb job of showing the ISSUE from all possible perspectives i.e. that of the maowadis, the government, the police, the military, the tribals and the MNCs. He is right when he says that the movie is 'not entertaining but engaging'.

We, the urban population, should definitely see it to realize how futile our own preferences and how petty our own issues are in the wide canvas of the nation as a whole. Actually it is not just a movie, but a 'Social Service'. It may not much affect the current scenario, but will definitely provide much required awareness in the upcoming generation of aforesaid perspective holders. And that will make a difference.

With every new movie, Arjun Rampal and Abhay Deol are coming across as pretty strong actors. Manoj Bajpai and Om Puri are as per expectation. Esha Gupta is OK. But the surprise package is the new actress, Anjali Patil, a gold medalist from NSD , who has sunk in her teeth so deep into the character that it is difficult to realize that she is just acting. Body language, dialect, appearance, nonchalance, aggression - everything is just perfect. She defines perfect casting and also reminds you of Smita Patil! A long scene between Arjun and Abhay needs special mention, wherein the two best friends argue about their different ideologies i.e. taking the side of the Maowadis Vs. taking the side of the Government. The scene has the required impact and Abhay is a strong passive actor.
½ June 14, 2013
Very predictable story line but dependable performances makes this one a one time watch. Not like Gangajal or Apaharan but better than horrible Aarakshan. Watch it for realistic portrayal of Naxalites.
March 2, 2013
Brilliant plot also featuring friendship,and how it affects people.
A good insight into lives of the Naxalites.
½ February 11, 2013
Very interesting as a story, but it could be better be made into a documentary, it doesn't really convince you as a feature film...
January 16, 2013
Day: Tuesday
Date: 15 Jan 2013
Time: 11.00 pm
With: No one
On: Laptop
Super Reviewer
January 16, 2013
Yet another Prakash Jha film trying to throw some light on one of the major national concerns. But the story used for the cause is way too clichéd and worn out. It'd have worked out big time all the same had the casting included some big names/stars. While it succeeded to receive positive reviews from most critics, it didn't fare so well at B.O. (compared to Aarakshan, Raajneeti, Gangajal, etc.). The performances are alright, but the dialogues lack punch. Besides, Abhay's voice sounds funny even during serious scenes. All said and done, the movie is tolerable enough (extremely lame ending being overlooked for the way the movie proceeded, I wasn't expecting wonders).
December 30, 2012
Same old crap about Maoists, bring something new !!!
December 27, 2012
amazing movie! a lot of suspense and action, along with an excellent portrayal of Naxalism and its causes. really makes you think critically.
November 13, 2012
A Bollywood action movie with a social message: the big corporations are crushing the weak and the poor with the help of corrupt politicians. But it's not easy to decide what is morally right or wrong in a complex world. Questions of friendships, moral values and allegiance are addressed. It's a decent attempt although still remains quite dramatic in its narrative style and focuses too much on the action. With such a long film, 2h30, the film would have benefited of more details around the political context since the director chose to use a real marxist/maoist political movement called Naxalism in Eastern India. It nevertheless attempt to give a balance view of the situation. Interesting.
November 1, 2012
It's just plain sad. Terrible Script, Shoddy Acting, and a Screenplay that trivialises one of the most deep impacting issues in our country.
October 29, 2012
Excellent portrayal of Naxalism and its causes.
½ October 22, 2012
A pretty decent film, worth a look.
October 28, 2012
Plot basically resembles with 'AVATAR' but it's one the rare inspiring movies that you get to see these days. Could have been a hell lot better but yet a Good watch ...
October 28, 2012
A very difficult subject......a movie with some good performances but.......Jha should have handled the subject better, has too much of a pro Maoist and anti govt stand.......watchable !! .
½ October 27, 2012
Prakash Jha seems to enjoy making such movies :P - aptly directed to ensure everyone claps ! Hope the Lal Salaam ends soon...
October 27, 2012
Nice movie, good direction, acting and editing. Though sympathetic towards Maoist movement, movie is really worth watching. Keep your political biases apart - I had too :-) . Arjun Rampal has knack for picking the best scripts and movies, this one is no different. Every lead character got fair share of role and display their skills, though manoj vajpayee steals the show. Watch it, don't take your kids with you - too violent.
½ October 26, 2012
Another epic movie by Prakash jha .........
Adept plot along side salient acting of Arjun rampal n Abhay Deol makes movie worth watch.......
the sexy police inspector (esha gupta) adds spicy flavor ........ !!!
½ October 26, 2012
Could have been better...
½ October 25, 2012
Even Arjun Rampal & Abhay Deol cannot save this laughable mess of a serious issue...
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