The story traces the rise and growth of Shankar, a youth from Madikeri, into Chakravathi, the feared don. From the gory 1980s' Bengaluru to present day, Shankar's rise as an international don comes with a mission...
There has been a lot of curiosity about Chintan's Chakravarthy, right from the first look poster release, making people wonder if this has been based on any real-life don's life. The truth is Chintan's Chakravarthy has traces of many incidents that trace back to 80s' Bengaluru underworld.
While the protagonist Shankar, who goes on to be called Chakravarthy, cannot be pinned down to be one single person, there are glimpses of a reformed don from Karnataka that are hard to miss. The film begins with a typical Darshan entry, which is over-the-top that the gallery expects. It is only after the trademark introduction song that follows that the audience gets to see the story unfold. One gets to see Chakravarthy on trial and in something similar to Randeep Hooda's character in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, the audience gets to see Sharath Lohithashwa, a retired cop, recount the tale of Shankar alias Chakravarthy to the audience.
The audience gets to see the rise of an innocent man Shankar into an underworld don in the first half, where he clashes with the then kingpin Maharaja. The tale is pretty predictable, but some instances that are inspired from infamous incidents of that era manage to keep the viewers engaged periodically.
The romantic angle seems rather unnecessary and forced, especially the songs. There are a few sequences, right in the beginning and towards the climax that force the viewer to suspend a sense of disbelief, only not in the most poetic way. Though, for the typical massy fans, there are enough that keep them going, be it an item dance, a MMA-style fight sequence or rather awkward and long chase sequences in the seas.
Darshan looks like he has given his all for the film, what with sporting multiple looks and dedicating many days to live his role as Chakravarthy. Sadly, his effort seems futile at times, because of the amateurish narrative. One could have had a rather slick, edgy story that re-creates a partly fictionalized version of the Bengaluru underworld. Instead, the makers have fallen prey to some usual tricks adopted in commercial capers that dilute the second half. But, if you're the sort who wants a treat of masala moments on screen, this could be worth your visit to the screens.