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Chakravyuh - Notepad


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quick review:

An engaging, must-be-heard story told with great balance. Yet, half-hearted focus on relationships distracts from the main story.

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

The naxals are fighting on behalf of the weak. But are their means to get to their end right? In the midst are caught an honest police officer Adil Shaikh (Arjun Rampal) and his friend Kabir (Abhay Deol).

What Worked

  • The basic plot and point the makers are trying to make

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The sound system in the theater I watched Chakravyuh in. The voices seemed to echo in the first 10-15 minutes. And the setting during songs was such that the voice was drowned by the music.
  • The scene where Adil Shaikh wins the confidence of the villagers - the scene was too long and the situation over-simplified.
  • Music in the scene in which Kabir is running into the forest for the first time.
  • The disclaimer in the 'mehengai' song. Either the makers should've chosen different names or had the guts to stick to what they were implying.
  • Use of rain to depict overall sadness. Aren't we done with this metaphor yet?

Chakravyuh - Movie Details

Chakravyuh - Trailer

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Comments (5)


Nice review. :)
Gonna watch it this weekend. Have many expectations from it.

Murtaza Ali:

Loved your analysis of the movie though I thought you have been a bit harsh in your overall assessment.

And I agree that the friendship element was quite week. The movie indeed could have been much more brilliant had it does away with its Bollywood-like excesses and brusqueness.


Thanks @Vinay. Try to reduce expectations a bit, you might enjoy it better :)

@Murtaza I guess that it boils down to how much the Bollywood excesses and weak friendship bothered us.


nice review... gonna torrent the film tonight
Btw the first promo was a give away and it looked like a modern version of Namak Haraam but with Prakash Jha I expected a film like Gangaajal but seems like he is following a formula of mixing his well known realistic formula with fiction and relying on action scenes and dialogue baazi....Arjun seems to be getting a lot of beating after some riveting works before and from the same director who gave him rajneeti


Thanks! Torrent? :(

Yeah, the promos gives most of the story away. It's not a great film, but it is a part of our country that we ought to know

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