Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh is a thought-provoking work of cinema that remains true to its underlining theme. The movie suffers from a lackluster plot that’s further marred by the presence of obnoxiously dramatic characters. Despite the aforementioned shortcomings, Charkavyuh has all the elements of a quintessential Bollywood film—albeit one that leaves the viewers with enough food for thought. The movie with its heart-wrenching portrayal of Naxalism in India is ought to educate the millions of Indians, who hitherto look up to Naxalities as a mere group of terrorists driven by insanity, about the abysmal plight of Naxalites and the underlining cause of the movement. Thus, Charkavyuh, despite being well short of Jha’s best work, serves to be a worthy addition to his oeuvre. The movie is a must watch for a Prakash Jha fan and anyone who wants to get some insight into the Indian Naxalite movement.
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