Chakravyuh - External Reviews

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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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44 reviewers have given Chakravyuh an average rating of 2.4/5.0 (?)

17 yays
18 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Hindi films these days tend to feature Muslim characters usually when they’re making a larger point about either secularism or terrorism or a certain way of life or all of the above, as though you and I never bump into Muslims as regular folk in our daily lives. In Chakravyuh, Adil Khan just happens to be Adil Khan. For that, among other reasons, I’d like to shake Prakash Jha’s hand. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The conflict, I suppose, is between doing justice to the subject and not driving away a modern-day audience that flinches from heavy-duty emotion... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...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.... full review

Thumbs up by Anjum Shabbir, Bolly Spice ...The only downside and one which many Bollywood films suffer from, was the editing department. As far as an Indian audience is concerned, the film is the right tone and format. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...CHAKRAVYUH is not even remotely similar to the talked-about Tamil film KO [2011], nor is it an updated version of NAMAK HARAAM. Sure, the premise may sound similar to the latter, but there's more to CHAKRAVYUH than friendship gone sour.... full review

Thumbs down by Keyrun Rao, Bollywood Life ...Prakash Jha’s political thriller is unintentionally funny and much worse than his previous film Aarakshan... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The intention is clearly stronger than the execution.... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...This intellectual honesty is the film’s finest achievement. For most parts, the director ensures the audiences engage with a masala, action thriller – packed with the sound and fury of guns and bombs. This doesn’t force him to dumb down thought as well. ... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Chakravyuh isn’t worth a full review

Thumbs down by Smita, Desi Martini ...Esha Gupta’s dialogue at the end will perhaps go down as the most ridiculous two words ever said in a death scene in a movie.... full review

Thumbs up by Manu Agrawal, Desi Martini ...The weakest link is shoddy acting by Arjun Rampal, Esha Gupta and the guy who played Mahanta's son... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Added to this the lengthy monologues of grandstanding between every actor makes the proceedings more like a Bhandarkar film.... full review

So-So by Shaban Ansari, DNA ...And it all ends predictably like it does in all Hindi films. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...It is a fertile premise for a great story, but not for commercial cinema which demands simplification and entertainment regardless of plot considerations.... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Manoj Bajpayee is able in his role. So are Esha Gupta, Om Puri and Anjali Patil. But the show belongs to Arjun Rampal and Abhay Deol. ... full review

Thumbs up by Trish Gupta, FirstPost ...But then perhaps Jha’s aim is neither nuance nor surprise. What he wants to do is to set up the broad contours of the debate: to show us why vast numbers of poor people in this country have felt it necessary to take up a violent path that leads to a stand-off with the state... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, FirstPost ...Would the Rs.70 wage earner be able to afford the Rs.200 required to watch this film?... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...From ‘Beckett’ to ‘Namak Haram’ to ‘Charavyuh’ the inspiration appears to have gotten sullied.... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, ...Jha was so caught up with trying to cram everything he knows about Cops vs. Naxals into three hours (almost), that he skipped a very basic aspect of screenplay - characterisation and interpersonal relationships... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...The friendship of Arjun and Abhay and the cracks that appears for different reasons is what tears at you... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, ...Arjun Rampal looks fantastic and has done a superb job, would love to see him in such roles.... full review

Thumbs down by Suprateek Chatterjee, Hindustan Times ...Chakravyuh is, ultimately, a victim of typical Bollywood excesses.... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, IBN Live ...However, Jha’s handling of the human side of Naxalites is praiseworthy. He clearly knows the difference between a Naxal and a human who is also a Naxal. ... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Deogire, ...Go watch 'Chakravyuh' for an engaging take on the Naxalite issue and don't be surprised if you're left wondering about a solution.... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...Prakash Jha’s filmography has largely centred on films related to social issues. In the recent times though, they have taken a template-like tone that is informed with resounding drama and distinctly Bollywoodian elements that sets it in a unique formulaic zone.... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Khilnani, india today ...Some parts of Chakravyuh are very well shot and intense too but that's only in patches.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Om Puri, as the Binayak Sen-like character has the feel of a man who has lived, and suffered, by his ideals . Manoj Bajpayee as the Naxal chief brings a just-right ‘sur’ to his sketchy part . ... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Anjali Patil gives the most assured performance, while Abhay Deol seems almost indifferent ... full review

Thumbs down by Shakti Shetty, MiD DAY ...Arjun Rampal is an utter disappointment. Though he fits the bill physically, his emotional scale is grossly underwhelming. ... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...on't expect something great like Apaharan or even Raajneeti, for that matter.... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...Arjun Rampal is a versatile actor and is known for his marvellous performance in every movie, and thus no such different could be found in this movie.... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Do such films need item numbers any more? Must the effectiveness of the message come at the cost of style? But then again if a Bhansali can produce a Rowdy Rathore, give me a Chakravyuh over it any day.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...The length of the film comes across as the biggest hindrance in Chakravyuh... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Similarly some unintentional comedy is provided by a puny lad playing Kabir Bedi's son as the single-most raucous, hamming presence in the entire film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...All the leads, including Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol and especially Esha Gupta lumber through their roles, not once making you empathise with their characters... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...It's also interesting how Prakash Jha incorporates humour into this otherwise sombre story.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ... Cinematography is special; it captures the rustic terrain beautifully. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bhawana Somaaya, Star Blockbuster ...Director Prakash Jha and writer Anjum Rajabali, through six remarkable characters, unravel a story of unresolved conflicts and pain.... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Another major flaw in the film is its length. With the attention span of the audience diminshing with each passing year, making a film of 2 and a half hours is quite a gamble.... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Form and content could not have been at war more.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...of the girls, Esha starts on a shrill note but improves later. Newbie Anjali Patil shines. ... full review

Thumbs down by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ... The songs, barring the horrendous item number, are well written and nicely used in the film but the background music is a big no-no.... full review

Thumbs up by Bikas Bhagat, ZEENEWS.COM ...Songs of the film are completely in sync with the mood of the film.... full review