Chakravyuha (1983 film)

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Chakravyuha (Kannada: ಚಕ್ರವ್ಯೂಹ) is a 1983 Kannada film directed by V. Somashekhar. The film stars Ambareesh and Ambika in the lead roles. This film marked the entry of popular actor Mukhyamantri Chandru into films.[1] Produced by N. Veeraswamy for Eshwari Productions, this film also starred his son V. Ravichandran in a small role. Actor Tiger Prabhakar also featured in an extended cameo role.

Directed byV. Somashekhar
Produced byN. Veeraswamy
V. Ravichandran
Written byM. D. Sundar
Music bySankar Ganesh
CinematographyR. Chittibabu
Edited byYadav Victor
Sri Eswari Productions
Release date
Running time
146 min

The film obtained an 'A' certificate without cuts from the CBFC. The film, upon release, met with hugely positive reviews and catapulted actor Ambareesh's career to greater heights and coined him the title "Rebel Star" for his angry young man role.[2]

The film's huge success inspired other language industries and was subsequently remade in Hindi as Inquilaab (1984)[3] and in Telugu as Mukhyamantri (1984) starring Krishna with Ambika reprising her role.


Typical early 80s Kannada crime story with rebel star Ambarish. The unemployed Amarnath (Ambarish), helped by a politician, trains to be a cop and serves the state honestly until he discovers a criminal network that includes his politician-benefactor as well as his own father-in-law. Blackmailed into collaborating with them, Amarnath soon becomes integrated into the network. The narrative, however, ascribes to him a secret purpose in order to justify the collaboration. The film ends with Amarnath, now a politician heading a new government, decimating his entire cabinet of criminals with a machine gun.



The music was composed by Sankar Ganesh, with lyrics by Chi. Udaya Shankar.[4] All the songs composed for the film were received extremely well, especially "Chali Chali" and the title song are considered as evergreen songs. The song "Nija Heluvenu Amma" was adapted from "Toothpaste Irukku", which was composed by the duo for the Tamil film Ranga.

All lyrics are written by Chi. Udaya Shankar.

Track listing
1."Chakravyuha Idu Chakravyuha"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
2."Chali Chali Thalenu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 
3."Baa Bande"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 
4."Nija Heluvenu Amma"P. Susheela, S. Janaki 
5."Rita Rosy Julie"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 


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