It may be fortuitous that just a fortnight after the death anniversary of the revolutionary Che Guvera has been celebrated around the world by his fans on 09 October, Hindi cinema would be having another look at the resistance against the state and the system through Prakash Jha’s CHAKRAVYUH. Che Guvera is one of the rallying points against the atrocities of the state as perceived by those who are living on the fringe of development.
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The location chosen for setting the content of CHAKRAVYUH is the area around Chattisgarh, Orissa and parts of Andhra Pradesh that continue to be the destinations where the Naxalist movement is gaining ground on a daily basis and the writ of the state does not run at all in these areas. Revolt against the state that is gaining ground is on account of the fact that the benefits of development aimed at the common man still do not reach them in spite of 65 years of independent India.
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Most of the directors who make socially conscious movies at one point or the other flirt experiment with the genre of naxilite movement in the modern times, in the sixties and seventies this genre was identified with dacoit films. Last successful film from the modern times which focused on revolt against the state successfully was Sudhir Mishra’s HAZAARON KHWAISHEIN AISI starring Kay Kay Menon, Chitrangada Singh and Shiny Ahuja. The last successful decent film was Rahul Rawail’s DAKAIT which was shot in authentic locations in Chambal and starred Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Sheshadri.
CHAKRAVYUH has an ensemble star cast with Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpayee, Esha Gupta and Om Puri. It is a timely reality check for the multiplex audience, as the issue has political overtones, what with resistance in one form or the other breaking out in the hinterland, where 90% of our population resides. Rural India still lives on hope and those who are able to sell dreams to these rural people- which continue to remain a dream get a following. What has changed however is that the cynicism of the state machinery especially at the lower levels, and the enticements and the quick Redressal of grievances that the alternate political system that is developing provides, becomes the trigger for conversion to the spirit on a much larger scale. One only hopes that CHAKRAVYUH provides some answers to this vexing solution about which the state does not seem to have a clue, and not limit itself to posing the problem.