The film opens with fifty random robberies in various parts of Chennai city on August 15 (Independence Day).
The entire police force is in search of the two masked robbers who target the homes of senior citizens.
The criminals also loot the Ashok Chakra, the pride of Chandru (Vishal)’s family. The case gets transferred to IPS officer Gayathri (Shraddha Srinath), the romantic interest of Chandru.
The rest of the film is all about how Chandru and Gayathri find the team behind the notorious crime in the city.
It’s alright for a commercial film like this to take certain cinematic liberties. However, in the case of Chakra, the writing is not all that strong, though there are some racy and pacy scenes.
Vishal has acted as army/police officers in the past and he looks convincing as Chandru. The actor comes up with a measured performance and that is one of the biggest strengths of the film.
Shraddha Srinath once again comes up with a clean performance, as Gayathri. She has her own moments in the film and completely owns them. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s pulsating background score, especially in the investigation scenes and action sequences, holds viewer’s attention and heightens the seriousness of the screenplay.
Balasubramaniem’s cinematography is adequate and it particularly comes alive in fight scenes shot at night. Editor Thiyagu does a neat job too, keeping the film’s run-time short and the screenplay racy. On the whole, Chakra is a racy commercial entertainer sans logic.
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Rating: 3 out of 5