Chakravyuh Review (Chakravyuh Movie Poster)
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Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two-Stars)

Star Cast: Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpayee, Esha Gupta, Kabir Bedi.

What’s Good: Abhay Deol and Anjali Patil’s performances.

What’s Bad: Arjun & Esha’s acting; the screenplay.

Loo break: Any time in the first half.

Watch or Not?: Watch Chakravyuh for a semi-decent take on the plague of Naxalism.

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Adil Khan (Arjun Rampal), Rhea Menon (Esha Gupta) and Kabir (Abhay Deol) are friends at the police training institute. But Kabir’s tempestuous ways gets him kicked out of the program. Years later, Adil decides to take up a posting in a dreaded Naxal infested area where the Mahanta Group is trying to kick start their mining project. Even with all his honest efforts, Adil only ends up getting ambushed at the hands of the Naxal leader Rajan (Manoj Bajpayee). When an injured Adil comes to meet his friend, they hack up a plan of infiltrating the Naxal group to obtain first-hand information.

Accordingly, Kabir joins the gun-toting Naxals and soon gains their trust while stealthily passing information to Adil. Kabir escapes getting caught by the skin of his teeth and has a thing or two for his pretty but fiery comrade Juhi (Anjali Patil). Initially, Kabir is the perfect double-agent, but he soon starts seeing the other side of the picture with the police and the administration abusing their powers , the police using the tribals as mere pawns and custodial rapes.

When he tries to explain the situation to Adil, it just makes them bitter rivals. After Rajan gets arrested, the group turns to Kabir for direction.

Does Kabir join the Naxals and forget his commitment to Adil? What happens to their friendship? Whose “cause” wins? Does Adil fall for the lures of the builder Mahanta (Kabir Bedi)?

Abhay Deol, Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpai in a still from Chakravyuh Movie
Abhay Deol, Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpai in a still from Chakravyuh Movie

Chakravyuh Review: Script Analysis

Prakash Jha, Sagar Pandya and Anjum Rajabali’s story is inspired by many real life incidents, yet they don’t hold together very well. For the most part of the movie you only see the vilification of the Naxalites. Even when the viewer (and Kabir) learns of the government’s atrocities, it really doesn’t show you the whole picture and mostly paints Naxals as monsters.

Kabir’s entry and ascent among the Naxals seems like cakewalk. The story also takes a lot of time to pick up. The story only picks up after the interval when Kabir and Adil’s conversation changes to “teri” and “hamari”, but by that time you’ve already lost your patience.

Chakravyuh Review: Star Performances

Arjun Rampal doesn’t really fit the bill as the tough cop, neither does his bristly moustache help. Esha Gupta is more of the let down. Abhay Deol manages to hold up much of the film with his dynamic act. Manoj Bajpayee has little screen time but does well. Anjali Patil really packs a surprise as Juhi and reminds you of Mahasweta Devi’s Dopdi. Kabir Bedi and Om Puri are alright.

Chakravyuh Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects

Prakash Jha really deserves praise for taking up something as complicated as Naxalism and almost does justice to it. The music, by Salim-Sulaiman, is alright; the item song is not anywhere near a jaw-dropper. Santosh Mandal’s editing is mediocre. Sachin Krishna’s cinematography is okay.

Chakravyuh Review: The Last Word

Chakravyuh tries to grapple with too many nexuses in the movie, but gets bogged down with the script and mediocre performances.

Chakravyuh Trailer

Chakravyuh released on 24th October, 2012.

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  1. Thirdclass movie nothing in th e movie.

    Prakash Jha should understan that he nothing without aajay Devvgan.

    Flop without Him at any Day

  2. Comment”audions are waiting for diwali 13 nov,for jab tak hai jaan and sos and chakravyuh,rush and ajab ghazab love are flops in this dusshera,because student of the year still running in dusshehra also ,after soft year,people r not interested in rush ,chakravyuh and ajab ghazab love people are cnt waiting for diwali

    • nahi aftab ki 1920 -the evil returns chalegi bhi aur baki saab filmo ko peeche chorker blockbuster hogi bhi is saal ka

  3. This time I dont agree with Komal Nahata. Arjun Rampal acted quite brilliantly this time. This is one of the fantastic movies I have ever seen. The plot, screenplay, direction, acting everything is so perfect. Please dont criticise Arjun Rampal as he’s a far better actor and my Hat’s off to Mr. Prakash Jha.

  4. Movie is a masterpiece from the Director. This type of films should be seen by maximum people to spread awareness about the issue. And this is how the Bollywood can contribute to the nation. Reviewer should not be doing negative-marketing of the such a great film.

  5. Excellent movie by Prakash one can tell the story on naxalism like this except P J.Komal you should realise the depth of the movie and then write review.only u disappointed me this time.very reckless review.

  6. Prakash Sir you did awesome job.
    for what you know for, i appriciate your efforts.
    most of people of india don’t know about naxal.
    its only what media and Govt want to present them infront of world not only india. well i love this film.
    Prakash Sir congrats!!
    keep going on.
    your every effort is mile stone in the formation of india.
    “unity in diversity”
    thanks Sir

  7. such a great movie with great stories, har koi na aisi movie soch sakta hai na bana sakta hai.. starting se end tak puri mast thi

  8. Ok, this film is not a Rajneti but has got a good enough story line to keep you gripped on to the screen.

    As most the current hindi movies in recent months have not had much of a story or screenplay, for this reason this is more edurable plus in my eyes Arjun plays adecent enough role and Abhay who clearly is a.great actor plays a fine role.

    The twist in this movie was great and the turns were also good. NOt a complicated follow, which is apprecited by us britsh bollywood fans.

    Actresses don’t have much a role to play therefore, no comment could really be made on them espically not a judgemental one.

    Overall a good movie a defo worth
    whatching. 3 out of 5


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