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Chakravyuh critic rating (Hindustan Times): 2.5
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Chakravyuh critic rating (DNA India): 3

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Chakravyuh  (2012 - Hindi)

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Chakravyuh cumulative rating: 3.15 out of 53.15/5 (147 users)

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  • Namak Haraam, Kasam, Avatar..But with a difference

    Chakravyuh rating: 6 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 24 Oct 2012)

    Prakash Jha is known for his hard hitting films, mostly featuring the central India and its problems. Films like Damul, Mrityudand, Gangaajal, Apaharan, Rajneeti or Aarakshan – All dealt with unusual subjects with backdrop of central India. Most of them hit the bull’s eye; some missed out and joined the list of failed movies of Prakash Jha {which were generally non issue based films}. This year he brings us story featuring the Naxalite / Maoist based subject set in central India. The promos gave us the feel of some classic films like ‘Namak Haram’ or Hollywood blockbuster ‘Avatar’, but the makers denied any similarities between these films and claims it to be total original. So let’s find out whether this issue based film will add another feather in the hat of Mr.Jha’s good movies or might be just the old wine in a new bottle which has hard hitting topic, but fizzles out after a while.

    Story has very high resemblance to Rajesh Khanna - Amitabh Bachchan’s Classic ‘Namak Haraam’, Anil Kapoor’s ‘Kasam’, Sunil Shetty’s ‘Red Alert’ and few more films along with James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’. Screenplay is gripping and engrossing, especially in the first half where the movie keeps going in super jet speed leaving out not a single dull moment for you. The same speed keeps on going till the climax, where the movie has steep declining moments. Right from the first scene or Arjun on area inspection, Manoj Bajpayee addressing the villagers, Abhay extracting the information from Manoj and group, Manoj’s breakdown, Chetan Pandit investigating Anjali Patil, Arjun- Abhay debate and few more scenes are among the positive moments of the film.
    On the flip side the over dramatic reactions in the villages followed by minor side tracks in the middle of the film. Also, the last half an hour of the film has many unconvincing moments such as Om Puri and gang’s forgiveness or the climax part. If the makers would have worked a bit more on this part of the film, it would have been a satisfactory experience.

    Camera work is superb. Editing is fantastic in the first half of the film; second half has some moments which should have been trimmed as the movie becomes too lengthy as it progresses.
    Music is pretty disappointing. None of the scores work except ‘Aam Aadmi’. The item song ‘Kunda Khol’ should have been omitted from the film. Background music is decent.

    Prakash Jha’s films started well with his first film ‘Hip Hip Hurray’ but got his due only from Madhuri Dixit’s ‘Mrityudand’ followed by Ajay Devgan’s ‘Gangajal’. Both these movies had the underlay of anger and revolution. After these films his next films had great theme, but somewhere ended up as compromise. In ‘Chakravyuha’ he starts with engrossing story telling {despite the fact that the film is predictable and most of it is revealed in the promos} but when it comes to sum up the whole thing it fails to create a solid impact. Mithun chakraborty’s ‘Naxalite’ or Nandita Das’s ‘Lal Salam’ or Sunil Shetty’s ‘Red Swastik’ had more solid reasons than the ones given out here which were totally diluted. It’s high time Prakash Jha stopped compromising in his films and gives us what he is known best for – Total hard-hitting films. Still kudos to taking this genre of films based on Naxal movements to ‘A’ grade level without being preachy, as we have very small niche audience who knows about these movements and the problem our country is facing.

    Arjun Rampal looks fantastic and has done a superb job, would love to see him in such roles. Abhay Deol managed to add his expertise in the movie. Manoj Bajpayee gives another good performance; wished he had a lengthy role. Anjali Patil is brilliant and will have many more hard hitting roles to play in future. Esha Gupta was just a add-on. Om Puri is fine in his small part. Chetan Pandit does his part with full grace as a bad cop. Mukesh Tiwari, Kabir Bedi, Murli Sharma are others were average.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hai Dum?

    Dum hain, bahut dum hain as far as performances and superb first half goes. Thanks to the non connecting theme to general audience, Unconvincing climax and predictable story line the movie ends up from being a classic to just an above average product – Still a decent watch. Yes the promos were right and the movie is highly inspired by Namak Haraam, Kasam, Avatar and few more films but with a difference.

    Ratings: 2.75+/5

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