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Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol attend BFI gala premiere of 'Chakravyuh'

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The stars of Chakravyuh attended the gala premiere of the film in Leicester Square for the 56th BFI London Film Festival yesterday (October 11).

Directed by Prakash Jha and starring Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol and Manoj Bajpai, Chakravyuh is a political thriller highlighting the experience of India's Naxalite community.

Arjun Rampal, Prakash Jha and Abhay Deol pictured at a photocell for Chakravyah, held in the Empire Leicester Square as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2012.

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Speaking to Digital Spy, Prakash Jha said that the film's inclusion at the BFI London Film Festival was a matter of great pride.

"I am extremely happy that the London Film Festival wanted to choose a popular Bollywood film for the festival and they decided to choose mine, which is in the popular genre, but is not really a populist Bollywood film," he explained.

"It felt that I am trying to tell this very serious story in a popular manner because it has songs, it has the big actors and a setting which is huge and it also has a cause. I'm extremely happy that Chakravyuh has been accepted at the London Film Festival. It's great."

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Shanghai star Abhay Deol described the experience of working with the acclaimed director by saying: "Prakash Jha - he prepares a lot which just makes the process easier.

"This was one of the easiest films to shoot and what I mean by that is it was so well prepped we could focus on our work.

"Prakash has his own fan following and he's an experienced filmmaker. He takes you to task before you shoot the film so that while you shoot the film you are free to focus on what you need to do."

Arjun Rampal and Abhay Deol pictured at a photocell for Chakravyah, held in the Empire Leicester Square as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2012.

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Centred around the relationship between police officer SP Adil Khan (Arjun Rampal) and Kabir (Abhay Deol), Rampal told Digital Spy that his off-screen relationship with Abhay Deol helped in portraying the complexities of the characters' relationship.

"That is the nicest part of it," explained Rampal. "The friendship is the story. The Naxal thing is the backdrop. You find them in the film where they haven't spoken for many years and then they get back together. The both have to make the choice to go with duty, ideology or take care of the friendship. That's the struggle they face.

"I've known Abhay for 20 years now and he was always the baby of the group. I've seen him grow up and I've seen the kind of work he has done and the path that he has taken and I've always been happy with the way he has planned his career, so I knew that he would be great for the part of Kabir. As with us there was a gap when he was doing his films and I was doing mine and the film brought us closer together, which was fun."

Arjun Rampal pictured at a photocell for Chakravyah, held in the Empire Leicester Square as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2012.

© PA Images / Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment



The Rajneeti star said that he believes the film will contribute to changing the audience's perception of Indian cinema.

"People think they are coming to see a typical Bollywood film and I think they are going to be surprised because we also make films like this which are extremely entertaining," he said.

"Don't get me wrong, because I think Prakash is a very commercial filmmaker and he is going to entertain you. Otherwise it would be more like a docu-drama, so it has to entertain you.

"There are songs, there is music, there is a lot of relief and there's great dialogue and it's a thriller, but it's very real in the look, feel and the characters, which is the nice balance that it creates, so I think the audience is going to get a bit of a surprise. You are going to see heartland India like you never have before."

Chakravyuh releases on October 24.

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