Lohith, an architect, witnesses cold-blooded murder and chaos at the law college caused by the law minister. Angered by the apathy, he takes matters in his own hands. What ensues is a vigilante-style drama, with lots of action.
There was a lot of curiosity about this project, ever since hit Tamil director M Saravanan was roped in to direct Puneeth Rajkumar. The film is indeed a remake of Saravanan's Ivan Veramathiri, though there are some changes to suit the "nativity" and Puneeth's fan following. Does it work? Mostly yes.
We've seen films that are vigilante-style dramas, where the Indian film protagonist takes the law in his own hands to fight injustice. This film draws inspiration from the unrest, chaos and subsequent deaths that had erupted in a law college in Chennai. While the Tamil audience would be familiar with that, maybe Saravanan could have used clippings and allusions to that incident to the Kannada audience.
As far as the story goes, there's brisk narration, without much lags. With Puneeth and Tamil actor Arun Vijay occupying the major share of screen space, the two actors do justice to their roles. Arun, in fact, makes quite an impression as the cruel, cold-blooded rowdy, who will do anything, even kill, to protect his brother, the law minister. As for Puneeth, this is a tailor-made role and he impresses as much in the fight sequences as he does while dancing.
The first half of the film is breezy, gritty and enjoyable. The second half has more masala, but manages to hold the attention for most parts. The romantic track in this film is not the usual unnecessary inclusion, but plays an important part in the narrative, and Rachita Ram has a decent role that she utilizes well. The duet numbers show promises of a good pair in the off'ing in Sandalwood.
The film has excellent fight sequences by Stunt Silva. Cinematography, background and music score, choreography and editing too help ensure they take the film a notch up. Abhimanyu Singh, as the law minister, though, looks miscast in an otherwise well-cast film. There are certain dialogues, especially leading to the climax, which evoke unnecessary laughter instead of emotion. Barring these glitches, this sets up a good tempo for Puneeth's upcoming silver jubilee celebrations in Sandalwood.
Chakravyuha, in short, makes for a good one-time watch for both Puneeth fans and otherwise, with the filmmaker choosing subtlety over masala jingoism.