Suprateek Chatterjee's review: Chakravyuh

By Hindustan Times

Direction: Prakash Jha
Cast: Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Anjali Patil, Manoj Bajpayee, Esha Gupta
Rating: ** 1/2

There are films that try to tell emotionally complex stories and succeed in making an impact. Chakravyuh, unfortunately, is not one of those films.

The plot, inspired by actual news stories from the past two years, seems interesting enough. Adil Khan (Rampal), a highly-ranked police officer, is transferred to Nandighat, a seemingly fictional village in the heart of the Red Corridor, after a band of Naxalites led by the charismatic Rajan (Bajpayee) massacres 84 policemen. Khan is soon convinced by his childhood friend Kabir (Deol), a hotheaded idealist, to send him into the forest to join the Naxalites as his secret informer. Kabir's perceived ability to intercept p