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Chakravyuh

Release Date : 24 October 2012
Year : 2012
Banner : Eros International , Prakash Jha Productions
Presenter : Prakash Jha Productions
Producer : Prakash Jha
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Genre : Social
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Chakravyuh SYNOPSIS

When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared, 'The Maoists have become the gravest threat to India’s internal security”, he was undoubtedly reflecting an extremely urgent concern that the entire country feels.

And yet, this ‘enemy’ is not an outsider; these are our countrymen, our own children that are fighting our state. India is at war with itself!.

Chakravyuh is the story of two best friends: Adil and Kabir. Adil Khan, a highly decorated police officer is posted to Nandighat, after a horrifying massacre of 84 policemen. Within days, he discovers that the Maoists, lead by the ruthless and charismatic Rajan, effectively control the area. They are able to swiftly thwart Adil’s most determined efforts. Despite holding a position of enormous power as the SP of Nandighat, Adil has never felt so helpless in his career.

 
But then, into his life, re-enters Kabir! Rootless, aimless, the quintessential rolling stone.. His only anchor in life has always been his friendship with and his loyalty for Adil. The maverick proposes an outrageous plan: He will infiltrate Rajan’s group, and be Adil’s informer. And, together they will smash the Maoist organization in Nandighat. In spite of his apprehensions, Adil agrees.
 
Sure enough, Kabir gets in and craftily wins their confidence, as only he can. He secretly begins informing Adil, who starts attacking the Maoists with great success. An enormous cache of arms raided, two top national leaders and 63 activists killed at an arms-training camp.. And, Rajan himself captured! Within weeks, Adil-Kabir turn the game, pushing the Maoists on to the backfoot.
 
But, Kabir also begins discovering a different reality. The abject helplessness of the rural poor, brutally displaced in the name of development, the fruits of which never reach them. Their land, their forest, their water snatched by their own government to allow big business to exploit the area and its people further. As the poverty and desperation rise, so does a cry of anger.. giving birth to the naxalite who believes the only way to counter this is with a gun!
 
Kabir also can’t help getting close to the activists; begins identifying with them. Rajan, Babu, Venu.. And Juhi. A dedicated revolutionary with a tender heart, who has seen pain like none other. She begins to fall in love with Kabir. The confusion in Kabir’s heart intensifies dangerously until he is on the horns of a ghastly dilemma. Who does he support now? Who does he fight? He finds himself in a chakravyuh from which there is no retreat now.
 
And yet, before Kabir can make one last desperate attempt to resolve this with Adil, events hurtle him into making choices that would put him at war with him. A war that would change the future of the region. A war that can only end when one of them destroys the other.

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Chakravyuh REVIEWS

Naxalism Meets 'Namak Haraam'

By MovieTalkies.com, 25 October 2012 2.5 / 5

Chakravyuh Review In Short: The film deals with a story of friendship and relationships set against the backdrop of Naxalism.

Chakravyuh Review Verdict: Though director Prakash Jha has put in an honest effort, the film reminds one of Namak Haraam to a large extent and the film does have its share of weak links...

Chakravyuh Review Story Plot: Adil Khan (Arjun Rampal) is a tough cop, who opts for a posting in the Naxal infested Nandighat area with his mind set on capturing the elusive Naxal leader Rajan (Manoj Bajpayee). However, when his efforts fail to get the desired results, Adil's good friend Kabir (Abhay Deol), a rebellious former police cadet, offers to go undercover and infiltrate the Naxal army in order to help Adil nab Rajan. An initially reluctant Adil agrees and the duo come up with an elaborate plan to achieve the same. Kabir gains the sympathy of the Naxals after beating up a corrupt cop and starts informing Adil about their activities on the sly. However, after spending days with them and getting to know them, Kabir starts sympathising with their plight, which puts him at loggerheads with Adil. How this affects their relationship is something that the rest of the plot deals with.

Chakravyuh Review Performances: At the very outset, it must be said that Arjun Rampal has been given the perfect look for his role as Adil Khan. With his short hair, moustache and ramrod posture, Rampal convincingly plays the part of a cop. If only the same effort could have been put in his performance, Rampal would have shined all the way through. Abhay Deol as the rebellious Kabir seems too laid-back and easy-going and it is tough to imagine why such a person would volunteer for a dangerous undercover mission. Manoj Bajpayee and Om Puri are flawless as ever and Anjali Patil too shines in her short role, though the same cannot be said for Esha Gupta.

Chakravyuh Review Direction: Like mentioned earlier, the plot is quite similar to Namak Haraam, except for the setting. While the Amitabh Bachchan-Rajesh Khanna starrer was set against the backdrop of labour unions, Chakravyuh is set in Naxal infested jungles of Central India. Though Jha seems to have his heart in the right place as he tries his best to explain both sides of the story, there are still a few weak links in the story. For example-why would Kabir, who is shown to be a happy-go-lucky and slightly anti-Establishment young man, choose to volunteer for a dangerous undercover mission is something that Jha does not explain satisfactorily. Moreover, the cause of the rift between Rampal and Deol during their police academy days, before they re-unite after 7-8 years, too seems quite unconvincing. Also, the film could have been crisper.

Chakravyuh Review Final Word: Do watch the film if you are interested in and/or curious about the Naxal issues. Also the performances are decent enough. However, don't expect something great like Apaharan or even Raajneeti, for that matter.

Unimpressive

By Reflections, MovieTalkies.com, 15 October 2012 2 / 5

Prakash Jha's upcoming venture Chakravyuh is all ready to hit the silver screen this Dusshera. Jha, is always known for his topical cinema and this time around, he has opted for the Naxal issue. Music of the movie is situational and realistic while being a satire on the socio-political environment of the country. Jha has also opted for varied composers, vocalists and lyricists who have come up with eight tracks and a remix version.

 
The album starts with the controversial track Mehangai in the strong vocals of Kailash Kher. This one is a situational outing with essence of the interior parts of the country. Lyrics by Turaz are catchy as the use of words such as Tata, Birla and Ambani very aptly grab attention of the masses. Altogether though, this Vijay Verma composition is quite unimpressive and doesn't go beyond the mediocre park. The track has a remix version as well which has relatively shorter duration and still can be comfortably skipped.
 
Sukhwinder Singh makes an entry into the album with Chheen Ke Lenge. This Salim-Sulaiman composition very effectively narrates and explains the storyline of the movie. Sukhwinder, through his high pitched voice, is able to leave an impact on the youth to some extent but still the composition lacks the aura to turn into an everlasting track. Irshad Kamil's lyrics are fine though and do well for the theme.
 
Another addition to Munni, Sheela and Chikani Chameli is Kunda Khol, an item number in the vocals of Sunidhi Chauhan who has tried her best to add life to thismonotonous and dull track. One just hopes that this Sandesh Shandilya composed track adds some spark to the film's narrative since lyrics by Ashish Sahu are simply unimposing.
 
The album moves ahead with a semi- classical track Aiyo Piyaji which is very well rendered by Rashid Ali Khan. Music by Shantanu Moitra is pleasing and enjoyable. Rashid's soulful singing leaves an impact on the listener as this one indeed touches your heart. On the whole, this composition is a pleasurable outing which would force you to press the repeat button again and again.
 
Tambai Sa Rang is a folk outing in the vocals of Salim Merchant, Benny Dayal, Shadab Farid. This composition by Salim-Sulaiman seems to be very much in line with the previous tracks in terms of the context and the environment. Irshad's lyrics too aptly depict a bunch of boys making passes at a girl.
 
Next to arrive is Paro, a light- hearted and jovial track, which is well composed by Aadesh Shrivastava. Aadesh brings himself along with Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan behind the mike. Lyrics penned by Panchhi Jalonvi are funny and hilarious though one wonders whether it would only become a bit too much for the film to accommodate this as well as Kunda Khol.
 
The album ends with Chakravyuh Theme Song which begins with the voice of Benny Dayal. This is a gloomy number which very precisely and accurately reflects all shades of human emotions in the film's context and hence can be very well used throughout the movie.
 
Overall, musically one cannot expect much a subject like Chakravyuh. The album turns out to be an average one which would hardly be able to acquire a position amongst the leading chartbusters. 
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Chakravyuh TRIVIA

Prakash Jha's film Chakravyuh which is based on the Naxalite issue required a lot of research. The director was not the only one who did the research, but the cast which included Abhay Deol and Arjun Rampal were also asked to read up and research on the Naxalites.

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