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

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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.


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