YE KYA HUA SARKAR?

‘Sarkar 3’ movie review by G9 Divya Solgama

Expectations:

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather’, not only ended up being one of the all time classic film but also inspired several film makers all over the globe. Our Hindi film makers were also highly inspired from this gangster drama and ended up churning out several films in the form of ‘’Dharmatma’ (Feroz Khan), ‘’Zulk Ki Hukumat’ (Govinda), ‘Aatank Hi Aatank’ (Aamir Khan) and many more. Except, ‘Dharmatma’ none of these films managed to make its mark nor did they have the right local connect. Then came Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Sarkar, which was a perfect tribute to the legendary film. ‘Sarkar’ was brilliantly Indianized and had its own merits to cherish. The movie boasted of fine performances by Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Kay Kay Menon along with brilliant background score, fantastic dialogues and outstanding direction by Ram Gopal Varma. ‘Sarkar’, individually inspired few regional films and bounced back with its sequel in the form of ‘Sarkar Raj’. The sequel was not at par with its predecessor but on an individual basis was good in its own way and had some highly shocking elements attached to it. Nine years have passed by and now the director comes back with the third installment to the ‘Sarkar’ series in the form of ‘Sarkar 3’. So, let’s find out whether ‘Sarkar 3’ will manage to do right justice to its franchise or might end up being one of those films which are made only to cash in over its past glory.

Story:

‘Sarkar 3’ continues the tale of Subhash Nagre also known as Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan) and his non parallel government consisting of his trustworthy Gokul (Ronit Roy) and Raman (Parag Tyagi). A businessman names Gandhi (Bajrangi Singh) approaches Sarkar for a land poaching based deal. Sarkar rejects that deal and this starts the enimity between Gandhi and Sarkar. Gandhi seeks help of local politician Deshpande (Manoj Bajpayee) and his mother (Rohini Hattangadi). On the other side Sarkar’s grandson Shivaji Nagre (Amit Sadh) joins him and starts overpowering Gokul and Raman. Gandhi’s boss Micheal Vally ( Jackie Shroff) starts planning and plotting against Sarkar and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:

The story starts with some powerful scenes which sets the right mood for the film. The first half has its share of good and interesting scenes especially featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee. Scenes such as Amitabh Bachchan’s introduction political speech, Amitabh Bachchan’s meet with Bajrangi Singh, Manoj Bajpayee’s introduction scenes where he bashes Amitabh Bachchan followed by their arguments with each other at a public forum, Amit Sadh and Ronit Roy tiff followed by the whole series of tension between Amitabh Bachchan and Amit Sadh leading to the finale tiff between Jackie and Amitabh Bachchan. These scenes are interesting as well as highly powerful. The cold power of Amitabh Bachchan is totally worthy. Sadly, the screenplay is not up to the mark. The scenes are randomly placed and lacks the novelty factor. The scenes are repetitive as well as highly predictable. The entire track of Bajrangi Singh, Jackie Shroff reminds you of the track of Zakir Hussain followed by Manoj Bajpayee’ track which is quite similar to Anupam Kher’s track from ‘Sarkar’. The second half is predictable and stale in terms of creativity. The happenings are shown in hasty manner and fails to connect with the viewers. The abrupt back to back similar scenes ends up making you claustrophobia after a while. Jackie Shroff and his dumb girlfriend track is unintentionally funny as well as cheap and out of place. The writers have tried to narrate the story around all the other actors and have hardly done justice to the caliber of Amitabh Bachchan and the mammoth character of Sarkar. The cinematography is dull and abrupt at few places. The random cuts and close up shots of unwanted objects dilutes the flow of the film. There are few outstanding dialogues based on Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee. Sadly, the dialogues for all others are weak and bland.

Music:

The ‘Ganpati Aarti’ by Amitabh Bachchan is good followed by the ‘Govinda Govinda’ track in the background. As for the rest of the background score, its jarring as well as torturous.

Direction:

Director Ram Gopal Varma is like that superstar who once had everything turning into gold for him and later ended up being a ghost of its image. The director at one stage of his life ended up giving us several path breaking films and at the same time is responsible for giving us many trashy films. The director has lost its magical tough since long time and despite of that with every release of his, the audience kept expecting him to return back with his midas touch. In ‘Sarkar 3’, he fails to attempt anything new and ends up making a weak clone of his first part. There are some engaging moments and good performance by the lead actor but besides that there is nothing new nor interesting for the viewers to cherish. The grading of Sarkar franchise has gone from good bad and now average. ‘Sarkar 3’ is not a bad film but is not a great nor an exciting film. The director seriously needs to stop touching his classic films (Satya, Sarkar, etc) and need to rejuvenate his directorial skills.

Performances:

Amitabh Bachchan as Sarkar, still has the same fire as he had in the earlier films. Despite of having a weak, bland and half-bakes script in this film, the ace actor has managed to do his job with total grace. The makers have not utilized his full potential. Amit Sadh is loud and jarring. Manoj Bajpayee is good in his part and adds the interest value in the film. Ronit Roy lends good support. Bajrangi Singh, Yami Gautam, Rohini Hattangadi, Parag Tyagi and Supriya Pathak are highly wasted. Jackie Shroff hams to the fullest.

Final Verdict:

So on an overall basis, ‘Sarkar 3’ is like a desultory power game, which works only due to presence of Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee and ends up wasting the fantastic opportunity of making a good film under this franchise.

Rating – 2.5/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]