Keerthichakra, in its opening days is doing brisk business in Kerala but is not faring well in Tamilnadu(Tamil version is called Aran). The reviewers are impressed at Mohanlal’s depiction of commando officer. The authenticity of the location and military background are being touted as the highlights , even though the movie lacks momentum and pace at some points.
Keerthichakra moves at rapid pace (2 hours 9 min) and the bickering and bonding between men of honour from various states in India is well documented with some finely honed out performance from Mohanlal, Jeeva and Shammi Thilakan. The movie strikes a chord as it is straight from the heart as it is made by a writer who has seen the ugly face of terrorism in Kashmir.
Major Mahadevan (Mohanlal) is an honest, dedicated and fearless officer who heads an elite force in Kashmir against terrorist. Militants led by Afghani Nawab along with his group of mercenaries have come to Kashmir valley with a mission to blow up the holy Hazarathbal Mosque and create communal tension in the country. How Major Mahadevan and his buddies thwart Nawabâ€™s plan forms the rest of the story. [Keerthichakra review]
Paresh K Palicha of rediff.com:
Major Ravi is successful in keeping the feel of the film authentic most of the time. But there are certain times when the narrative lapses into the stereotypical terrain. Of course, they can be overlooked given the overall impact it creates.
However, the film lacks in pace. It loses the momentum in places. Going by the title, one expects the movie to be an action romp, but it seems that Major Ravi had other ideas. He has created a mix of typical Malayalam dialogue drama with larger-than-life heroes and action. And the songs composed by Joshua Sridhar act as speed-breakers in the story. [Keerthichakra: commendable]
India Glitz reviews:
The film tells an interesting bondage shared between the Chief of a commando force and a Havildaar, who braves the bombs and bullets of the heartless, recidivist jihadis in Kashmir valley. The film which dwells with the happenings in Kashmir has been powerful enough to essay the messages every army personal finds necessary to tell the people of the country. The director has very well focused to mix up his values of film making and the messages he is trying to put forth in a well compassionate manner, with out giving way to glorified nationalism. [Keerthi Chakra – Malluwood is back]