Sarkar Raj Movie Review

Sarkar Raj is widely believed to be the make or break film for Ram Gopal Varma, director of the epic disaster Aag (remake of Sholay). But one must not forget the unforgettable classics like Satya, Company, Rangeela and Sarkar that RGV has delivered over the years. Back to Sarkar Raj, the expectations are high for several reasons.

  • The Bachchans – Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya – share screen space for the first time since the much celebrated Ash – Abhishek wedding last year.
  • Sequel to the 2005 blockbuster Sarkar, which was critically acclaimed too.
  • Ram Gopal Varma is a master in this genre.

So does Sarkar Raj manage to live upto expections?

Sarkar Raj Story

Anita Ranjan (Aishwarya Rai) Chief Executive Officer of the International company, Sheppard Power Plant presents a power plant project before Sarkar, which is to be setup in rural Maharastra. Sarkar disapproves the projects as the land chosen is home to over 40,000 villagers. Shankar Nagre (Abhishek Bachchan) is quick to realize all the benefits the power plant can bring to the people of Maharastra and to the growth of the state.

Shankar convinces Sarkar and embarks on a journey with Anita to the villages of Maharastra to muster public support. But things take a new turn. The controversial project leads to a political minefield. The evil forces gang up to bring down the Sarkar legacy and displace Shankar.

Sarkar Raj Review

With a powerful but not-without-its-share-of-flaws script, Ram Gopal Varma proves yet again, that he is a master at this genre of film making. His execution of the script is praise-worthy. Basically what works for Sarkar Raj is the performances, direction and the twists and turns. Some sequences just hit you hard, the unexpected happens. The second half takes the movie to a different level, its powerful its got a lot of shock value attached to it and the climax is thrilling. Background score is fantastic, the chants of “Govinda Govinda” in the background adds to the overall thrill. The cinematography (Amit Roy) is top notch. The close-up shots, in abundance throughout the movie, have been captured and performed well. The editing is crisp and brilliant.

A few scenes that make an impact.

– Abhishek about to touch Dilip Prabhawalkar’s feet, but is stopped.
– The sequences that follow just when Abhishek accepts Aishwarya’s love for him.
– When Ash asks Abhishek about his life’s most difficult decision.
– The climax. Outstanding!

But Sarkar Raj is not without its share of flaws, more in the script than the execution. (Spoiler Warning). The love-angle between Aishwarya and Abhishek isn’t convincing. More so when its barely days since the tragic death of Abhishek’s wife Tanisha, who is expecting a kid. Aishwarya’s character too is under developed and unconvincing.

Coming to the performances of Sarkar Raj, Abhishek Bachchan’s character demands intensity, but he looks more angry than intense. Overall a good performance nonetheless. Aishwarya Rai looks great, performs well throughout. Tanisha Mukherjee is decent in a small role. Dilip Prabhawalkar is excellent. Every other supporting character actor in Sarkar Raj is brilliant.

But then, one man outshines every other actor who shares screen space. His dialogue delivery and the intensity that he displays, just through his eyes, without uttering a word is mind blowing. No prizes for guessing. Sarkar Raj is Amitabh Bachchan’s show all the way. Truly truly a Legend!

Overall, Sarkar Raj is a great movie for the weekend. A worthy sequel to the brilliant Sarkar of 2005. At the box-office, the movie is sure to grow with strong word of mouth and should prove to be a winner in coming weeks.

Highly Recommended.

Rating: ★★★★☆
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113 Comments

  • pathetic movie. dont waste ur money. also heard that people were paid to write good reviews about this movie.

  • The background score was simply over used and Aishwarya Rai was not required after abhishek was fought.

    Bad movie

  • I expect it to be a good movie ‘coz I haven’t seen it yet. I hope ram gopal verma won’t dissappoint me and the other audience after ‘aag’.

  • I don’t think its a good movie, in fact, I feel its a bad movie and just a waste of time and money. Its just black and blue all over. Aish is just a usless character in the movie. In short, ‘I simply HATED it.’

  • The story was good but the concept was bad. My hopes were just shattered after I saw this movie. It was a BAD one

  • i think the blogger is doing marketing rather then saying truth. its a boring movie.. great lost to the distributors. check the analysis dude.

  • Rajesh: We r grown enough to judge any good movie. If Sarkar Raj is the worst, then tell me, which movie u do consider it as a good, very good, excellent?? List them down and let’s see if you’re good enough to distiguish a good from bad.

  • This movie will be remembered for performances but we can not compare it to Sarkar, the earlier version of Ramu as it was having a strict screenplay however, Sarkar Raj lacks content, the one liner has been deliberately dragged till end and that is also without solution. It is stodgy to see a CEO of an such a so called big company falls in love of a so called Gunda, Aish forgets about her power plant and shown to be always with Abhishek, the point, the power plant development progress is not shown in the movie, also climax is not convincing, Aish seems to be taking charge of what Abhisehk has left behind, I think, we are going to see KK back in the next sequel with Aish having tough competition from him but kudos to Amitabh Bachchan for his performance and Abhishek seems to be maturing as an actor.

  • i just saw this movie today! absolutely brilliant! after seeing it- its left a lasting impact, i know it going to be hard to forget about it and get some sleep, thats why im on here at midnight thinking about it!
    brilliant performances, great story, gripping , tragic . etc.
    as far as acting goes my favourite seen is where abhishek is shot, after ash and abhishek accept eachothers love, i could not believe the performance ash has given – fantastic. her devastation just excels. she manages to pull something special out of the bag in every movie!
    amitabh and abhishek are both acting kings in this movie, the special bond they share, and the relationship between the bachchan trio again excels!
    loved the ending! look forward to the third 1!
    well done to ram gopal varma and evry1 involved in the movie i say!:)

  • i just finished watching the movie….ashwaria, abishek, amitabh, all had outstanding performances..if the movie was criticed on their performance it would have 5 stars…but the story wasn’t that great…u only wanted to watch to see the performances…but the story is like 1.5/5 there were some shokcing moments and wat not..i was rooting for the ash and abi part..but he died and i was like aw….that just sucks …. neways good movie..all in all 3.5/5

  • I don’t get it towards the end he gives this old sentimental speech to abishaik (the photo) about losing everyone some chithu and someone else and then just after that asks his wife to call the one and bring the other fro london (i thoght they were dead) and is ash pat of the conspiracy her last words “bring one cup tea” and that look please explain, terribly confused was AB part of this too????

  • i’ve copied an printed what http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarkar_Raj says about it : its the last paragraph in the PLOT :
    “Subhash is shown lamenting that his son had to pay the price of his actions. He goes and sits on his son’s desk, symbolizing that he has reclaimed the title of ‘Sarkar’ himself after Shankar’s death. He calls out to his wife Pushpa and tells her to call his daughter-in-law Amrita (the wife of Vishnu Nagre, played by Rukhsar in the prequel Sarkar) and tell her to send his grandson Chiku from the city of Nagpur to their house in Mumbai. This is probably to feature his training as a successor in a sequel. In the closing shots of the movie, Anita is shown at the Nagres’ residence doing some paperwork (most probably related to the power plant project). She casually and comfortably asks for a cup of tea, showing that she has integrated well into the Nagre family and that she is now an aide to Subhash.”

    apparently hrithik will be playing chiku, and even though abhishek’s character has been killed off he will also act in the next one playing a ghost! hope that helps! :-)

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