Sarkar Raj (2008)

Sarkar Raj
Ram Gopal Varma
Z Picture Company, Ram Gopal Varma, Pravin Nischol
Jun 06, 2008

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About Movie

Sarkar Raj is sequel of film Sarkar directed by Ram Gopal Verma. Generally making sequel of a film is risky. But the great news is that Ram Gopal Verma's Sarkar Raj takes over its prequel.

SARKAR RAJ is a thriller to the core. It may have the background of power politics but when it's time to reveal his cards, Ramu pulls out his 'Aces', one after another to dish out a gripping fare. The final 'Ace' he delivers at Sarkar's house is mind numbing! To reveal more would be a crime. Just goes to show that it's not only the ones bred in the city who are power hungry, but also those in far off villages! Hence, he does full justice to the tagline: 'Power cannot be given. It has to be taken'. And on this line rests the plot of Sarkar Raj, a sequel to Sarkar! Yes, it also takes a fresh look at the tradition versus modernity debate.

Anita [Aishwarya Rai Bachchan], CEO of Sheppard Power Plant, an international company, brings a power plant proposal to set up in rural Maharashtra before the Nagres, insightful Shankar [Abhishek Bachchan] is quick to realize the benefits the power plant can bring to the people.

After convincing Sarkar [Amitabh Bachchan], who is against it for various reasons, Shankar undertakes a journey along with Anita to the villages of Maharashtra to mobilize support from the masses.

However, things are not what they seem to be and Shankar's dream project gradually becomes a political minefield. The evil forces mightier than ever, mushroom and gang up to bring down the regime of Sarkar and obliterate Shankar's name from the political horizon. Shankar meets with obstacles, one after another and as the plot unfolds, you realise how the characters are used as a pawn for a completely different game!

On the acting front, Amitabh Bachchan is no doubt the finest amongst all characters in the film. Amitabh carries the charisma and he personifies the word 'power'.

Abhishek Bachchan too excels with his character and seems to be highly inspired by Al Pacino's character of Michael Corleone from 'The Godfather'.

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan has been offered a very meaty and chunky role and is often seen with Abhishek in this sequel unlike Katrina in 'Sarkar'. She does impress with her dialogues and body language.

The background score by Debashish Mishra is commendable. Even when there are no dialogues being spoken, Mishra creates the mood, which speaks a thousand words with his music, as the cameraman, Amit Roy, takes astute angles. The sepia tone throughout the film maintains the mood of this exciting fare. To my mind, there is no standout performance.

On the whole the film is outstanding in all respects, this film has all it takes to emerge a major success story at the box-office and a landmark film in everyone's careers.