With names like Prakash Jha & Abhay Deol, one only hopes for the best. With many good films this year, I may not want to place Chakravyuh under the best but it definitely makes for a
pacy entertainer that keeps you riveted till the end with a subject that couldn't have come out at a better time. Aptly titled, the film exposes the ugly reality of the govt, the politicians, the business houses and the fallout of their amorality. While all these things aren't under wraps any more, thanks to the media, the film keeps you glued all through. Cheers to the songwriter of Birla ho ya Tata. It perfectly fits in and neatly summarizes the theme.
I was expecting some mind-blowing performances but Chakravyuh was underwhelming on that front. Arjun Rampal lacks the energy in some scenes. Wonder why Esha Gupta was given this role. Manoj Bajpai is good but not as impressive as in some of his other films. And as much as I want to avoid writing this, Abhay Deol sleepwalked some of the scenes. One character that stands out is Anjali Patil (who plays Juhi, one of the Naxalites). She's bang on with her dialogues, her attitude!
I liked the unpredictability that Jha lends to Abhay's character and his equation with Arjun. Overall, its a good film that leaves you with a bad taste of the sour reality.