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CHAKRAVYUH - An unexpectedly weak and filmy take on a serious issue by Prakash Jha. (Review by Bobby Sing)

24 Oct, 2012 | Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / C / Movie Reviews / 2012 Releases

It seems that many of the present film-makers are collectively following a thought process which is based on an assumption that today films are being majorly watched by the youngsters who are born in the 80s or 90s of the last century. So since they haven’t watched any of the earlier classics made before their birth, therefore its perfectly fine to rehash the famous hits of the past and present them before the current progressive generation in a ‘their kind of’ attractive version.

And that’s exactly what CHAKYAVYUH does exploiting the same plot earlier used by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in his NAMAK HARAAM in the year 1973. In fact Hrishi Da’s film was also reportedly based on an Oscar winner classic called BECKET released in 1964. Plus later the idea of placing a mole inside the rival group has been used in so many films that it can rarely excite anyone from both the current as well as the grown up generation. So if you were looking for something fresh and new from Prakash Jha in his latest film then as far as the storyline is concerned, it is not there. But that didn’t surprise me since I was more interested in watching his execution on the screen as the trailers had already revealed its main plot openly (which should have been avoided).
Hence with a prepared mindset about its basic predictable script, I was actually hopeful of getting something exceptional from the veteran director dealing with the important issue of Naxal movement in the country. But unfortunately this time Prakash Jha could deliver HIS kind of cinema in only the initial odd 40 minutes in the film and not beyond that. Further it might be a huge disappointment for many to know that these first 40 impressive minutes of the movie are those in which Abhay Deol is not even there in the frame properly.
To bring out its positive points first, CHAKRAVYUH starts off well taking you into a different world of the rebellious movement run by the Naxalites in a specific region of our country. It smartly explains their motives in few scenes and one starts feeling the pumping blood with some well directed action sequences depicting their struggle with the government. But the moment, film comes to its actual story plot of sending a spy in the group of Naxalites, it starts walking on a steep downward slope and becomes totally childish or filmy in its execution unlike a Prakash Jha film. Frankly, where many viewers may not rate it too bad as a film talking about a serious issue, for me it was really disheartening to see a director like Jha questioning the intelligence of his viewers in such a way and taking them for granted.
At regular intervals, the film forces you to think that Is director Prakash Jha also following the same path chosen by Madhur Bhandarkar, of repeatedly making films on a fixed pattern tackling a particular issue of the society and nothing else? The question keeps haunting your mind because the experience of watching CHAKRAVYUH is quite similar to that of seeing the recent HEROINE, wherein the director fails to provide any freshness in his treatment and disappoints hugely. In fact there are several insertions or sequences in the film, which tend to take the issue too lightly like a typical Bollywood venture in an immature manner. So as its biggest drawback, CHAKRAVYUH can easily be called a film made on the Naxalites, which clearly fails to explain the problem in an appreciable way and in the end just remains a project exploiting the burning issue of the country for its own benefits.
And why it remains only a commercial project ruining an important issue?
1. Because it has a hero who can easily slip into the Naxalites without any trouble, can start flirting with their girl leader, becomes one of the Naxalites front-runners in only a few days and still can comfortably phone or even meet his friend who is a senior Police Officer without any major hassles.

2. It has a lady inspector, who simply asks the doctor to insert a chip inside the wound of an injured Naxalite leader, like kids insert a board-pin into their dolls. In addition, since the inspector is a lady too, she is also made to wear a short revealing dress in a meaningless scene as an essential part of a Bollywood film.

3. It is based on a script wherein, when the traitor is a small time actor then they kill him instantly but when the traitor is the hero himself, then they have all the time in the world to first talk and wait for him to be rescued.   

But most importantly and ridiculously, it has a friend who without giving any second thoughts easily sends his only long time (well educated) buddy into the Naxalite group to be his informer. And when the ‘planted friend’ starts betraying him, then he simply calls a reporter to his office, reveals his actual identity to the media along with the visual proofs and makes a clear way for his friend’s ultimate end by the Naxalites themselves. Honestly, it was indeed a very cruel and silly way to define friendship on the screen by the veteran director.
Following his set pattern (not really working in CHAKRAVYUH), Jha also has an deliberately added item song here which is equally weak as the other tracks composed by more than one music directors in its soundtrack. Still Cinematography and Background Score give you some bright moments to praise in the film made on a rotten plot.
On the performance front too it is going to disappoint many as the film has nothing what was being expected from the three powerful actors namely Om Puri, Manoj Bajpai and Abhay Deol. The deadly trio, though play their respective parts well with the required intensity and depth. Yet their written roles (and length) are not anywhere close to their own respected reputation, which ideally should have been the highlight of this film as projected. Apart from these key names, Arjun Rampal never rises above his weak character and Esha Gupta doesn’t add anything significant to the movie in her given role. But surprisingly Anjali Patil is the one who actually scores the best among the entire star-cast full of card-board characters (except Murli Sharma).
In all, CHAKRAVYUH is a pretty weak (filmy) product from the banner of Prakash Jha, vaguely made around the subject of Naxalite movement in the country. So you can surely watch it if you wish but just for its first 40 minutes and Anjali Patil.
Rating : 2 / 5

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24 Oct 2012 / Comment ( 2 )

This movie wasn\'t upto the mark for "prakash jha banner". And after the movie I was thinking of a word which would be my response to the movie and you aptly provided that word in the review viz. "Weak product".

To my surprise, the friends with whom I went for the movie liked it ! I didn\'t say this on their face but had I been in India and not spent 3.5 KD on the ticket I would have definitely left the movie by interval.

I feel the average movie IQ of the indian audience supports such movies, which I don\'t know is good or bad. Every time I go to see a bollywood movie I take a vow not to do it again !!

Bobby Sing

You are spot on Shikhar as thats exactly the problem with HINDI Cinema.
Cos when people will go on appreciating weak or mediocre products..........the makers will go on making them as that is an easier job for them too.
And unfortunately this attitude of the viewers only has brought the Hindi Cinema at this juncture today where we are having more business projects on every Friday instead of Films.

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