MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 28,825 this week

Chakra (1981)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 82 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband, the trio flee, but the husband is shot dead by the police. ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story),
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 165 titles
created 06 Jan 2011
 
list image
a list of 50 titles
created 28 Aug 2011
 
a list of 89 titles
created 01 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 100 titles
created 26 Jan 2014
 
list image
a list of 203 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Chakra" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Chakra (1981)

Chakra (1981) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chakra.
6 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Umrao Jaan (1981)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In Faizabad, British India, Daroga Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's dad testifies against him. After his discharge around 1840, he extracts his vengeance by ... See full summary »

Director: Muzaffar Ali
Stars: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah
Mirch Masala (1987)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village, with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confidant women whose ... See full summary »

Director: Ketan Mehta
Stars: Ram Gopal Bajaj, Benjamin Gilani, Mohan Gokhale
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man from Mumbai (then Bombay) is angry about various issues in different circumstances.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil
Katha (1983)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Rajaram P. Joshi (Naseeruddin Shah) is a middle-class Clerk living in a chawl in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Sandhya Karnik (Deepti Naval) but is unable to disclose ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval
Arth (1982)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A film-maker who is having an extra-marital affair with an actress decides to leave his wife. Arth is the story of this women's search for her identity.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Smita Patil
Ankur (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Laxmi lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya, who is a deaf-mute. Both husband and wife work for the wealthy landlord. The landlord's son, Surya... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher, Anant Nag
Paar (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This is Goutam Ghose's speculative commentary on poverty and exploitation in rural Bihar, based on Bengali story Paathi.

Director: Goutam Ghose
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Utpal Dutt
Night's End (1975)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest brother of the powerful and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal
Stars: Girish Karnad, Shabana Azmi, Anant Nag
The Churning (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Dr.Rao (Girih Karnad) is a Vetinary doc, who comes to this village with the aim of starting a Milk Co-operative society for the welfare of the villagers. But the wealthy businessman ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal
Stars: Rajendra Jaspal, Girish Karnad, Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Khandhar (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Subhash is a photographer from the city, who has come to take pictures of some old temples and ruins in a village. Ruins fascinate him. While in the village, he gets acquainted with a young... See full summary »

Director: Mrinal Sen
Stars: Shabana Azmi, Annu Kapoor, Pankaj Kapur
Beqasoor (1980)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Sunil Verma works as an Assistant with Professor Jagmohan Sinha, a Scientist. After Jagmohan conducts a successful experiment, which will benefit India, there is an accident and Sunil loses... See full summary »

Director: B.P. Harisinghaney
Stars: Vikas Anand, Vijay Arora, Master Bhagwan
Khwab (1980)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Pratap Kumar Srivastav travels from Shyam Nagar to Bombay, and gets hired by his father's friend, Ram Prasad. He rents a room in a Chawl in Borivali's 'Asha Manzil' where his friend, Gopal ... See full summary »

Director: Shakti Samanta
Stars: Yogeeta Bali, Birbal, Mithun Chakraborty
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Savita Bajaj ...
Neighbor with mentally ill son
Arun Bakshi ...
Police Inspector
Suresh Bhagwat ...
Sweeper
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Benwa (as Ranjeet Chowdhuri)
Salim Ghouse ...
Raghu
Rohini Hattangadi ...
Laxmi
Madan Jain
...
Anna
Alka Kubal ...
Amli
Anjali Paigankar ...
Chenna
Sudhir Pandey ...
Bhandari (as Sudhir Pande)
Yunus Parvez ...
Minister
...
Amma
...
Looka
Uttam Sirur ...
Chamnya
Edit

Storyline

Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband, the trio flee, but the husband is shot dead by the police. Amma re-locates to a shanty slum near Dharavi, Bombay, where Benwa grows up and shines shoes for a living. Amma is sexually active with Looka, a hoodlum and extortionist who shows up once in while, and also has a steady relationship with trucker, Anna. Both Looka and Anna are unaware of each other. Looka gets Benwa married to Amli from a nearby slum & Anna gets Amma a much better shelter. All seems to be going well until the Police come looking for an injured Looka, when he robs a pharmacy in order to get medicines for himself. Watch what happens when the Police arrive and find a visibly pregnant Amma with Looka, and the impact this will have on her relationship with Anna. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 April 1981 (India)  »

Also Known As:

The Vicious Circle  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Rabindra Dharmaraj died shortly before this film was released. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Pays the Piper (1983) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gut-level bleakness
16 July 2009 | by (Bangalore) – See all my reviews

Chakra depicts a toxic life, representing hell on earth. It follows a vicious cycle of destruction of hope and faith in life. The movie shows how poverty extracts its toll in multiple ways, with very little scope for the silver lining. Life becomes tenuous, self-destruction being as a big a threat to continuation of life as other demons. The story weaves through the ups and downs, mostly downs, of life in the sub-altern. Naseer has a dialog in the movie that all torment comes from the need of stomach and the organ below it – from the need for survival and sex.It showcases the nakedness of how raw emotions are lived out in public. Privacy of grief and shame is not a privilege available to the poor. Everything plays out in the open, magnifying its bleakness. In some ways, similar rules apply to lives of the very rich also. The ending is seems squished, in its eagerness to dramatize the treachery of Chakra of life.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Chakra (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?