Starring : Gopichand, Mehreen Pirzada, Zareen Khan
Director : Thiru
Producers : Rama Brahmam Sunkara
Music Director : Vishal Chandrasekhar – SriCharan Pakala
Cinematography : Vetri Palanisamy
Gopichand and his team have dared to release their new film Chanakya amidst the huge craze of Sye Raa which was released a few days back. Let’s see whether this spy thriller has anything interesting in store for us or not.
Indian government is on the look out of a dreaded terrorist named Qureshi(Rajesh Khattar) who has now camped in Pakistan. To bring him back, RAW appoints a dare and devil officer Arjun for the task. How does Arjun enter Pakistan? How will he nab such a dreaded terrorist? and where do Mehreen and Zareen Khan feature in this set up? To know this, you have to watch the film on the big screen.
As usual, Gopichand does a sincere job in his role. He looks fit as the RAW agent and shoulders the film throughout. Be it his fights or dialogue delivery, Gopichand has done a commendable job in the film. Nasser was perfect as the RAW chief and brought depth to the film.
The director starts the film with a good action sequence which looks engaging. Zareen Khan as the RAW secret agent makes a decent Telugu debut. She did her supporting role well. Mehreen was just about okay in her role and had nothing much to do. Sunil and Ali did well in their limited comedy roles.
Upen Patel is the surprise package of the film as he did the role of a stylish villian superbly. All his scenes with Gopichand have come out well. Certain action thrills based in Karachi have been planned well. The pre-climax scenes have been handled well and evoke a decent curiosity.
Firstly, the film is loosely based on several Hindi spy thrillers in recent times. It is heavily inspired from Nikhil Advani’s D Day. After starting the film with a bang, the makers bring in the same old comedy, song and dance routine. Gopichand’s romantic episodes with Mehreen are boring and dilute the proceedings completely.
Upon this, two songs come in and side track the film at crucial times. One of the biggest drawbacks is the disappointing screenplay which lacks the grip. Some good thrills are followed by silly and routine scenes. Thrillers need to be crisp and fast but sadly that is not the case with this film.
Also, there are way too many cinematic liberties which have been taken. Gopichand moves freely in Karachi and handles things swiftly in many areas and this looks over the top. Also, after all the hue and cry, you feel that the climax will be special but sadly things are ended in a hurried manner.
Camera work in the film is pretty decent as it manages to show Karachi and the terrorist set up in a decent manner. The production design needs a special mention as they have re designed Karachi and a few other areas in a believable manner.
Music is okay but the background score by Sricharan is pretty good. Editing is below par as the romantic track could have been cut short to make things crisp. This whole dog mating episode looks silly and could have been avoided.
Coming to the director Thiru, he has done a below par job with his narration. He has rehashed all the spy thrillers and got his story ready which looks decent. He also starts the film well and gives it a good tone and set up. But he too falls prey for unnecessary commercial aspects and derails the film. In the second half, he had too much on the plate and couldn’t handle it. That is the reason he rushed things with his improper screenplay which has many logical errors and questions unanswered.
On the whole, Chanakya is a routine spy thriller which works in a strictly few areas. While the action and Gopichand lead from the front, dull narration and poor screenplay take the film down in no time. Even though the film looks stylish, there is nothing new you will see here in this action thriller. So, go in with all your expectations in check.
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Movie Done. Keep watching the space for the complete reviewDate & Time : 07:20 AM October 05, 2019
As the film is heading towards the climax, yet another twist in the tale unveiled.Date & Time : 07:10 AM October 05, 2019
After a big chase, now the proceedings lead to Oh My Love song. A duet between Gopichand and MehreenDate & Time : 07:00 AM October 05, 2019
A nice twist in the tale. Crucial developments in the narrationDate & Time : 06:50 AM October 05, 2019
Scenes of Gopichand and Zareen trying to kidnap Sohail are going onDate & Time : 06:40 AM October 05, 2019
Zareen is helping Gopichand now and some tense scenes going on in KarachiDate & Time : 06:30 AM October 05, 2019
Bollywood beauty Zareen Khan makes an entry with a special song named Hookah BarDate & Time : 06:25 AM October 05, 2019
Gopichand as a rogue agent lands in Karachi, Pakistan. Both Indian and Pakistani are in search of himDate & Time : 06:20 AM October 05, 2019
Post-interval Gopichand trying to rescue his friends’ gangDate & Time : 06:15 AM October 05, 2019
The film comes halfway. Break nowDate & Time : 06:12 AM October 05, 2019
A high voltage fight followed by some tense kidnap scenes are on now. Son of Qureshi introduced and his name is SohailDate & Time : 06:10 AM October 05, 2019
A love proposal scene between the lead pair leads to Darling songDate & Time : 06:00 AM October 05, 2019
After a serious scene, ace comedian Ali joins the proceedings. Fun scenes are on between Gopichand and AliDate & Time : 05:45 AM October 05, 2019
Some fun scenes between Gopichand and Mehreen lead to Gulabi song. A teasing numberDate & Time : 05:33 AM October 05, 2019
Heroine Mehreen makes an entry as Aishwarya. A few comedy scenes are on between Gopichand, Mehreen and SunilDate & Time : 05:25 AM October 05, 2019
The main villain is introduced in Pakistan. His name is Qureshi. Gopichand(Arjun) slips into a new role as a bank employee in DelhiDate & Time : 05:20 AM October 05, 2019
After a thrilling covert operation…now titles rolling in an interesting mannerDate & Time : 05:15 AM October 05, 2019
Gopichand has been introduced as an undercover agent. A covert operation is underway in SyriaDate & Time : 05:10 AM October 05, 2019
Movie started with Nazar introduced as a RAW head in India. Some terrorism-related meeting going onDate & Time : 05:05 AM October 05, 2019
Hi…the film has just started and its duration is 147 minutesDate & Time : 05:00 AM October 05, 2019
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