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Chakra Review: Irumbu Thirai Rehashed
The city of Hyderabad finds itself in a state of fear as 50 plus robberies are pulled off in the city on the Independence Day (73rd). The victims are all retired people. The police take the case seriously and the investigation is handed over to Inspector Gayatri. How she solves the case is what forms the rest of the story.
Films like this have a rather thin storyline but how it is executed is what makes the difference. For one - this film has no place for Vishal in its story. It’s how Gayatri solves the case. Not about Vishal in any way. Or Vishal could be that inspector. And there’s no space for Inspector Gayatri character. It’s as simple as that.
But this film is a star vehicle of Vishal. And is marketed as a Vishal starrer. So, he enters the scene as Chandru or Major Subhas Chandra Bose. A military man from Delhi. He’s Gayatri’s boyfriend. And obviously he helps her out in this case. But the problem starts when he takes the entire proceedings into his hands (for a reason though, but cannot be justified) and sidelines Gayatri. And even DGP. So, it’s all Vishal’s show.
As you have guessed, it’s almost a rehash of Vishal’s previous big hit, Irumbu Thirai or Abhimanyudu in Telugu. While Irumbu Thirai was helmed by a director like P. S. Mithran, it has given mostly logical narrative. Here we don’t have that luxury. So, leaving this ranting to some other place, let’s concentrate on how the film and how the performances are.
Vishal did what Vishal does in action films. He fights, he delivers punch dialogues and a bit of romance with the heroine. Thankfully Chakra has a shorter run time and there are no songs. Another luxury Irumbu Thirai enjoys is a strong villain who’s the mastermind behind all the cyber crimes. And that villain played by Arjun was powerful. But the villain or rather the antagonists in Chakra are pale shadows of Arjun’s Devil.
The action sequences are well composed. Vishal’s screen presence is good. But it is Shraddha Srinath whose presence that deserve appreciation. She looked the part in the role of an investigation inspector. Her performance is authentic as long as Vishal doesn’t dominate. Regina Cassandra is wasted in a listlessly written role. Therefore a few good surprises in the film and they better be enjoyed on the screen. The technical team did a fine job and the production is first class.
You can watch Chakra as a classic popcorn time pass film to watch on the weekends and forget. Though the subject is contemporary, the problems discussed in this film are very relevant for current times, the film is mostly made with the ambition of elevating Vishal. If you’re not against it, you can watch it once. And forget.
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