Ramgopal Varma’s rise and fall reminds me of Phoenix. After ‘AAG’ everyone said Ramu is finished. Every time he goes down, RGV bounces back with new force of energy. With 'Sarkar Raj' he again rose to power like Phoenix. Among the recent sequels, perhaps 'Sarkar Raj' is the best.
The film opens with an episode depicting son Shankar Nagre (Abhishek Bachchan) takes hold of the family empire while father Sarkar aka Subhash Nagre [Amitabh Bachchan] takes a backseat. The real story begins to unfold when Anita [Aishwarya Rai Bachchan], CEO of Sheppard Power Plant, an international company based in London, comes to Sarkar with a power plant proposal worth trillion dollars to set up in rural Maharashtra. Sarkar initially rejects it keeping in mind of thousands of villagers who loose their land and home. But the insightful Shankar Nagre [Abhishek Bachchan] is quick to realise the benefits the power plant can bring to the people. He convinces Sarkar and undertakes a journey along with Anita to the villages of Maharashtra to mobilise support from the masses. Soon Shankar’s dream project takes shape of a political conspiracy. The evil forces, some for the multi-million kick-backs and the other for the power wheel, join hands to bring down the regime of Sarkar and his son from the political scenario.
Sarkar Raj is show case of great ensemble acting. The Bachan trio The Bachan trio go neck to neck as far as acting honors go. Amitabh came up with terrific performance. Especilly in the finale he looks like a roaring lion. He is the one and only actor who could fit in the character called Sarkar. Abhishek Bachchan is getting better with every film. After fine performance in Yuva and Guru, he completely emerged as one of the finest actors of Indian cinema with Sarkar Raj. He sparkles in every scene with subtle performance. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is fabulous though she didn’t get enough screen time as Bachan duo. She is her usual self.
After Gandhi)nole in Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dilip Prabhawalkar lucky enough to get Rao Sab role in this film. He exelled in this role. Sayaji Shinde is too good. Ravi Kale and Govind Namdev and Supriya Pathak delivered their best. Tanisha is Ok.
Amith Roy’s cinematography is first rate. He succeeded in creating the right mood and ambience with his lighting scheme. He chose sepia tint to enhance rustic tonal value of the script. The way he captured the piercing eyes Bachan duo with his extreme close-ups is mind blowing. His unusual framings, angles and compositions are arresting. His dynamic visuals doesn’t let the spectator to think the logics of the scene or of flaws of the script. Amar Mohile’s repeated his background score with the famous ‘Govinda’ chant and it worked again. Allan Amin’s action is adequate. So is Sunil Nigvekar’s art direction. Amit Parmar & Nipun Ashok Gupta’s editing is worth mention. Overall, Sarkar Raj embellished with the top-notch technical exellency in all departments. Make-up for Dilip Prabhawalkar and the Vohra character could’ve been better.
This is not even remotely connected with the “God Father” in anyway. This is just RGV’s Sarkara Raj. The minimal locations and budget restrictions are compensated with fantastic creative values. Prashant Pandey’s screenplay and dialogues are simply great. RGV succeeded with his incredible narrative techniques. The story, the characters and the drama is very intense. Ramu cleverly balanced both the father and the son roles by swapping their prominence with respect of their screen time. While the son takes charge in the first half, father takes over in the second half. Sarkar Raj shows RGV’s creative strenghth which lacks in his recent films.
1. Aishwarya’s character not etched very well. Her sympathy towards Abhishake doesn’t justify her joining with Sarkar at the end of the film. She is just a spectator at the consequences of her project.
2. 80% of the film shot in one location with minimal budget. So RGV tries to convey everything through dialogue instead if visual thus led to monotony, especially in the second half.
3. Abhishake firing Chander(Ravi kale)-his return into the gang-agin turning into culprit-tooooo clichéd.
4. Abhishake disappearance from Anitha’s party to save the kidnapped young leader, his one man show-fighting is too filmy.
5. At the end, Amithab monologue before his son’s photo is dragging. The events occurred after the death of Abhishake, and Amithab’s lengthy revelation of the conspiracy looks forced.
6. Govind Namdeo, Upendra Limaye(Vohra) characterizations not upto the mark. At times they look comical. Though the set up is different, the villain group and their conspiracy resemble “SARKAR”. The unknown contract killer character irks you at the end.
7. Though the running time is not exceeding 2:15 hrs, one feel the drag especially in the second half.
1. The scene where Ash first meets with the Bachchans to explain the power project.
2. The scene where Bachchans’ visits Dilip Prabhawalkar’s residence.
3. The chemistry and sentiment between father and son.
4. The interval episode which shows RGV’s skills in the art and craft of filmmaking.
5. The twist in the climax.
6. The scene where(abhishake shot and the subsequent scene where Amithab talking to his soon-to be dead son.
The first half is exceptionally good while the second half is just ok. Nevertheless Sarkar Raj is one of RGV’s few best films. It’s a good film in all respects and may emerge as a winner at box office. It’s a must watch for three reasons, Bachchan senior, Bachchan Jr and RGV.