Chakra-Vyooh, so I've been told, is a trap set by an unseen or unnamed force that unknowingly forces a person to live out their days oblivious to the real world. A Matrix of sorts. Day to day, same thing over and over again, never achieving ones full potential. An interesting and scary concept - yet a reality for the majority of us nine to five working stiffs. The concept is not a new one, and for just as many of us in the real world, the only way to get by. Boring work to pay the bills. I understand the need to be your own person and express yourself and yet... that hum-drum life is what keeps the roof over most of our heads. The proverbial catch 22 and the never ending dream to successfully mix work and life. Gaurie Bonsley, who wrote and directed this flick attempts to shine a light on the futility of it all. To some extent this is an interesting endeavor. "Chakra-Vyooh" without a hitch demonstrates the working life of the office professional. He accurately conveys that feeling of progress lost, when suddenly a massive work load is placed upon a persons shoulders. Social life gone. Love life missing in action. All in the name of work, making a living and success. I use the term "making a living" quite sarcastically considering the "living" part of the term never quite materializes. If nothing else... "Chakra-Vyooh" could be the true life story of so many of us. Minus the science fiction element. This film is a good idea... with an unusual execution... to write the least.
The leading man in this story is Ryan. Stressed and overworked. We get to see glimpses of his professional life as well as his depressing home life. All this is wrapped together with a science fiction aspect, that has some computer program, or distant big brother team, watching as they keep piling it on. Keeping Ryan trapped in a never ending limbo. This is all conveyed through computer screens weaved into Ryan's day to day story. A cool - but not totally unique concept. More on that below.
Although decent enough as an idea, "Chakra-Vyooh" is not a perfect production. Even by low budget standards. It is true that there is nothing outwardly wrong with it, yet there is no spice either. Much like the dismal portrayal it tries so hard to convey to the viewer, there was simply not enough to truly immerse me in Gaurie Bonsley's world. A good chunk of the film takes place in one room. Ryan's living room. This in itself is not the problem. The problem is with the single static shot. Through the entire film. One angle. One shot. In theory, a person could argue that this single shot represents the monotony of Ryan's life. For me however, the viewer, it felt more like I was watching a security camera. Or... an episode of Big Brother that was limited to one shot. The "at work" scenes however, offered a little more visual interest. Thankfully.
Another aspect I didn't truly enjoy was the sci-fi angle. Although hinted that "Chakra-Vyooh" is set in a slightly distant future, the technology sure didn't look science fiction-y. As a matter of fact... the tech in the film looked a few years old. And the computer screen inserts... don't even get me started. I realize the importance of showcasing the "big brother computer" always watching, but the old school font used felt off. Strange. That "DOS-ish" square, blockish font went out of style so long ago. For science fiction... using that old font made "Chakra-Vyooh" feel like it took place in the 1990s. Another oddity? The use of smoke... mainly in Ryan's living room. Was it meant to be dreamy looking?
Technical aspects aside, "Chakra-Vyooh" is still easily watchable and it may just make you think a little about your current life and choices. Georgui Kasaev does a good job presenting Ryan, as the average sheep on the treadmill of life. Although conceptually interesting, and having a clear general message, you may just find yourself asking what "Chakra-Vyooh" is really asking of it's viewers? Should we all quit our jobs? Or simply take better stock of our lives. This short film probably doesn't seek to answer your questions - just to present them. Nothing wrong with that. As a quick diversion, this film hit the spot. Maybe... just maybe it was never really about the answers... only the question.