Chanakya Movie Review: Stylish Spy Thriller executed in a routine way
Gopichand and Mehreen Pirzada starrer Chanakya movie is released today. The movie is directed by Thiru, a Tamil director and this is his Telugu debut. Bollywood actress Zareen Khan plays a crucial role in this spy thriller and here is how the movie is.Plot:
Rama Krishna (Gopichand) is a bank employee in Delhi which is just his undercover role while his original face is that of a RAW agent (Arjun Srikar). When his colleagues are kidnapped by the terrorists, Gopichand sets himself on a mission to rescue them and in the process he goes rogue from RAW. Did he succeed in his mission is what forms the key part of the movie.
The movie opens with a thrilling covert operation and then cuts to the life of a bank employee. The movie promises a lot with all the serious faces and high tech vigilante vibe but revolves around a regular commercial format treatment. Aishwarya (Mehreen) role is written just for the sake of glamour quotient and a few revelations which the director thought might work but didn’t. The only things the actress is used in this movie are for a few comedy scenes and in a couple of songs which is what actresses are mainly featured in commercial films. Since Mehreen is known for her comedy timing as she did a few comedy centric films and succeeded in impressing the audience and box office, those scenes played just fine. The movie does not take off in to the main plot for a long time and all that lag tests the patience of the audience. The second half of the movie involves most of the story but the second half is bearable only as one has already witnessed the first half. As mentioned earlier, the movie promises a lot, but fails to deliver as all we see on the screen is a regular revenge plot with the touch of RAW agent. Most of the twists are predictable from a mile and those the audience didn’t predict won’t create an impact that surprises.Performances:
The director has chosen to make Gopichand the show stealer as the film is titled on the abilities of the main lead. Gopichand appears perfect for a RAW agent with his well built body and he performs well in all the action sequences. And when it comes to the actual performance in the movie, all he does is to repeat his performance from his earlier movies and nothing new. Mehreen does justice to the role she has even though it contributes only to the entertainment quotient of the movie, she fits well. Zareen Khan’s screen presence helps as her role is placed in a perfect environment. But her strenuous effort to mouth Telugu words and the lip-syncs misfiring cannot be ignored easily. Nasser, Rajesh Khattar and Upen Patel are the only characters worth mentioning.Technical departments:
The biggest asset of the movie is the cinematography of Vetri, which captured the vigilante vibe and the stunt sequences precisely. If not for them, the movie might be disastrous. The music is either too loud or too flat and generic accordingly. The songs are just fine and no one would have noticed if they weren’t there in the movie too. The editing is decent but could have been a little crisper.
Chanakya is worth for a one time watch but not so recommendable for a theater watch. Thiru made some sequences promising but did not make anything new that would surprise the Telugu audience and sometimes he bored the audience too. Yet, there are some sequences like the kidnap scene in the second half engaged the audience in the right way but lost the pace pretty quickly.