Chakravyuh (transl. Wheel formation more idiomatically puzzle) is a 2012 Indian Hindi-language political action thriller film directed by Prakash Jha starring Arjun Rampal in the lead role with Abhay Deol, Esha Gupta, Manoj Bajpayee and Anjali Patil in supporting roles. Chakravyuh aims to be a social commentary on the issue of Naxalites. The first theatrical trailer of Chakravyuh was released at midnight on 16–17 August 2012. The film released on Durga Puja. Chakravyuh released in 1100 cinemas in India. Despite being well-praised and really close to reality, the movie failed to attract an audience.
Adil Khan (Arjun Rampal), a highly decorated police officer is posted to Nandighat, after martyrdom of 84 policemen and CRPF soldiers. Within days, he discovers that the Maoists, led by Rajan (Manoj Bajpayee), effectively control the area. They are able to swiftly thwart Adil’s most determined efforts. Despite holding a position of enormous power as the SSP of Nandighat, Adil has never felt so helpless in his career.
But then, into his life, re-enters his friend Kabir (Abhay Deol). Rootless, aimless, the quintessential rolling stone. His only anchor in life has always been his friendship with and his loyalty for Adil. The maverick proposes an outrageous plan: He will infiltrate Rajan’s group and be Adil’s informer, and together they will smash the Maoist organization in Nandighat. In spite of his apprehensions, Adil agrees.
Sure enough, Kabir gets in and craftily wins their confidence, as only he can. He secretly begins informing Adil, who starts attacking the Naxals with great success. An enormous cache of arms is raided; two top national leaders and 63 Naxals are killed at an arms-training camp, and Rajan himself is captured. Within weeks, Adil-Kabir turn the game, pushing the Maoists onto the back foot.
But Kabir also begins sympathising with abject helplessness of the rural poor, brutally displaced in the name of development, the fruits of which never reach them; their land, their forest, their water has been snatched to allow big business to exploit the area and its people further.
Kabir begins identifying and with Naxals. Juhi (Anjali Patil), a dedicated Naxal with a tender heart, who has seen pain like none other. She begins to fall in love with Kabir. The confusion in Kabir’s heart intensifies dangerously until he is on the horns of a ghastly dilemma: Who does he support now? Who does he fight? He finds himself in a chakravyuh (labyrinth) from which there is no retreat now.
And yet, before Kabir can make one last desperate attempt to resolve this with his friend Adil, events hurtle him into making choices that would put him at war with him. A war that would change the future of the region. A war that can end only when one of them destroys the other.
Arjun Rampal as Adil Khan (Senior SP Nandighat).
He is the protagonist of the movie. He is a police officer and is on a mission to target the Naxals and capture their leader Rajan and ideologue Govind Suryavanshi. He sends his friend Kabir as an informer to get their information and foil their plans.
Esha Gupta as Rhea Menon
She is an IPS officer and Adil’s wife.
Abhay Deol as Kabir / Comrade Azad
He is Adil’s best friend who infiltrates the Naxal movement as an informer. He initially supports Adil in the mission but slowly starts getting impressed with the Naxals and becomes their leader, thus entering a stand-off with Adil.
Anjali Patil as Juhi
She is a Naxalite commander, playing a key role in the argument. She also develops romantic feelings towards Kabir.
Manoj Bajpayee as Rajan
He is the leader of Naxalites.
Om Puri as Govind Suryavanshi
He is the chief Marxist ideologue. Om Puri role is said to be inspired from Kobad Ghandy.
Kabir Bedi as Mahanta
He is an industrialist and negotiator for the government.
Mukesh Tiwari as Inspector General of Police (IGP).
S M Zaheer as Director General of Police Prashant Rathod
Murli Sharma as Naxalite area commander Naga.
Chetan Pandit as Inspector Madhav Rao.
Daya Shankar Pandey as Inspector Raja Ram.
Anand Suryavanshi as IPS Officer Kamal Kishore aka K.K.
Kiran Karmarkar as Home Minister.
Radhakrishna Dutta as Chief Minister.
Sameera Reddy in an item song Kunda Khol
Jagat Singh as Keshav.
Amit Jairath as CRPF Officer R.K.Singh
Sharmin Tithi (Bagmara)
Zuyel Rana (Natore)