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Chakravyuh Review


Very Good
A muscular tone and non-stop action draw us into this Bollywood thriller, which then surprises us as it explores some complex themes about ethics and loyalty. That said, the film's intensity feels bombastic and melodramatic even compared to Hollywood's most overwrought blockbusters.

It's set in rural India, where militant leftist Naxalite rebels are fighting against the police and government who are helping big businesses displace villages and exploit the land. To stop the uprising, tough-guy cop Adil (Rampal) takes command of the situation, reluctantly accepting help from his oldest friend Kabir (Deol), a police academy drop-out who plans to infiltrate the Naxalites to help Adil. But as the violence escalates, Kabir begins to realise that the rebels are fighting for people's rights, and that Adil is actually taking orders from a multinational corporate boss. So the old friends square off on opposite sides of the law.

Dramas pitching brother against brother are standard Bollywood fare, and this true story is full of emotional turmoil along with action shoot-outs and massive explosions. There are also a couple of musical numbers cleverly woven into the film, giving us a break from the intense ideology and bullet-flying ambushes. There are also two women who complicate things: Adil's feisty cop wife (Gupta) and a sexy rebel (Patil) who catches Kabir's eye. So even if the filmmaking is over-the-top regarding politics, action and emotions, there's plenty to keep us entertained.

It's also a remarkably complex exploration of the terrorism issue. As Kabir begins to understand the militants' perspective, our loyalties begin to shift as well. And all of the characters are thoroughly aware of their own flaws, nicely underscored by the actors amid the corny slogan-strewn dialog and cranked-up emotions. But filmmaker Jha keeps everything moving so quickly, with bravura camera work, jagged editing and thunderous music, that we just hold on for the ride. And along the way there are plenty of things to keep us involved, right to the explosive finale.

Rich Cline

Kabir Bedi Saturday 25th June 2011 International India Film Academy - IIFA 2011 Toronto Awards Gala at Rogers Centre - Arrivals Toronto, Canada

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Kabir Bedi - Saturday 9th June 2007 at Hallam Arena Sheffield, England

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Kabir Bedi - Kabir Bedi and guest Leeds, England - Shilpa Shetty and guests celebrate her birthday at the Victoria Quarter Friday 8th June 2007

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Kabir Bedi - Kabir Bedi and guest West Yorkshire, England - World Premiere of the Bollywood film ' The Train ' held at Cineworld in Castleford - Arrivals Thursday 7th June 2007

Octopussy Review


Weak
Hardly Mr. Bond's finest hour. This oddball adventure (apparently a conflagration of two different Bond novels) has poor Roger Moore dressed as a clown in a gypsy circus, attempting to outsmart an enemy by (gasp) outbidding him at an auction, and, in its worst moment, stumbling through a Halloween-decoration cobweb as he's attacked by a spider in the Indian jungle. Despite some fun moments (the villain's henchman has an awesome yo-yo made out of a circular saw blade), Octopussy isn't just embarassing to say out loud, it's also a nearly outright-dud for the Bond franchise. The plot unravels when we discover that it's all a ruse to start World War III (courtesy of a rogue Russian general), and Maud Adams, who doesn't appear until more than halfway through the film and has very few scenes, doesn't really work as the titular bond girl (this is actually her second Bond appearance). For completists only.

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