Chakra Review

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Title: Chakra

CBFC Rating : UA

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Run-Time: 2 Hrs 10 Min

Release Date: 19-02-2021

Banner: Vishal Film Factory

Cast: Vishal, Shraddha Srinath, KR Vijaya, Srushti Dange, Manobala, and others

Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Cinematography: Balasubramaniem

Editing: Thiyagu

Producer: Vishal

Written and Directed by M.S. Anandan

Story:

On Independence day August 15th, a series of 50 robberies take place in Hyderabad city. This makes the entire police department stand on its toes. Police Commissioner appoints Gayatri (Shraddha Srinath) to crack the case. She seeks the help of her boyfriend, Subhash Chandra Bose aka Chandru (Vishal) to solve the case. Commissioner allows Chandru to work on the case as his grandmother is also one of the victims and the thieves steal his grandfather’s medal of honor. Who is the mastermind behind these crimes and How did Chandru nab the thieves forms ‘Chakra’.

Performances:

Vishal is known for this kind of role and once again gave his best. He looks effortless in performing the stunts and playing mind games with the villain. Vishal made sure to maintain the interest during investigating scenes with his intriguing and inquisitive body language.

Shraddha Srinath looks good and suits them perfectly in her role. She did a couple of action scenes and is impressive performing stunts too.

Regina Cassandra did a crucial role and she aces it. Watch out for her during the second half. It is a surprise package.

Highlights:

Vishal, Regina
Interesting Theme
Background Score
Thrilling elements
Crisp runtime

Drawbacks:

Gets slow at times during the second half

Analysis:

Debutant MS Anandan has written an impressive story with an interesting theme and perfectly executed it. Never does one get the feeling that it is his first attempt. The opening itself draws the attention of the audience. MS Anandan succeeds in maintaining the tempo with impressive narration.

The entire first half is about unfolding the modus operandi of the crime, digital hacking. These portions were dealt with very cleverly execution-wise. It keeps one on the edge of the seat. The interval episode revealing the main thief is handled very well.

After an interesting first half, the second half starts similarly. Post the revealing of the villain’s identity proceedings gets a bit slow at times. But, the crisp runtime without deviating from the main plot holds the attention. The final 20 minutes is very interesting with a quick turn of events and racy screenplay. It makes ‘Chakra’ an intriguing thriller, overall.

Background Score by Yuvan Shankar Raja is topnotch. His intense RR enhanced the scenes and sets the perfect mood for a thriller. The cinematography by Balasubramaniam is impressive especially the fight in night effect during the second half. Editing by Thiyagu is crisp and neat.

Production values by Vishal are commendable. He made sure everything is in place to deliver a sleek and stylish thriller with a debut director Anandan.

Bottom line: Engaging Tech Thriller

Rating: 3.25/5

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