Sarkar back with vengeance

Sarkar Raj

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Govind Namdeo, Supriya Pathak, Sayaji Shinde, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Upyendra Limaye and Sumeet Nijhawan

Director: Ram Gopal Varma

Showing at theatres near you


You don’t awaken a tiger from its rest, a tiger takes rest because he feels like it and not because he has lost its power. And when someone disturbs him and forces him to end his time out all hell breaks lose. A tiger may be old, but HE is still the king of the jungle and the aura and power is never lost.

Subhash Nagare aka Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan) took a backseat and let his younger son Shankar Nagare (Abhishek Bachchan) take over the reigns because he has full faith in him and feels that the time has come for the next generation to take over. Although there are certain similarities between father and son, the generation gap also has its effect. So when Anita Rajan (Aishwarya Rai) comes up with a multi million-power project with its base in a rural village of Maharashtra, the father and son have two different opinions. The conflict between the old and new thinking comes to surface and Sarkar lets his son carry on with the project. But like Sarkar says, things are not what they look like. A lot of conspiracies are hatched to demolish the project and things take an ugly shape as politics gets mixed with all of these.

When Shankar finally manages to take things under control — or he thinks that he has solved all the issues — a certain incident takes place which forces Sarkar to come out of retirement. And no one can beat this invincible person when he takes matters in his own hands and starts hunting down his enemies.

In Sarkar it was only during the later part of the movie one sees the emergence of Shankar, but here he is there from the very beginning. Like in Sarkar, his quick and straight statements makes one feel that Shankar is definitely the perfect heir. But the whole effect and charm of the movie engulfs you when Amitabh Bachchan appears on the screen.

There is no doubt that Amitabh Bachchan or you may say Subash Nagare is the soul of this movie. The best thing about Ram Gopal Varma is that he is rarely awestruck by the stars of his cast, so he lets the characters take over. This exact reason makes it possible for him to bring out such a work from Big B where he ceases to be this superstar and becomes just the character. Abhishek has also shown the same controlled acting which made him stand out in Sarkar and Yuva. Although Aishwarya doesn’t look that convincing as this ambitious businesswoman — she lacks the attitude — in the second half she has some emotional scenes and has delivered those quite well.

Powerful supporting cast is another forte of Varma and in Sarkar Raj he has an impressive cast with actors like Govind Namdeo, Sayaji Shinde, Dilip Prabhawalkar and Upyendra Limaye.

There are those scenes, which give you goose bumps, and the dialogues are also hard-hitting which remind you of Sarkar. The comparison is very likely as Sarkar Raj has a certain flavour like that of Sarkar. But Sarkar Raj has its own identity, which makes it as special as Sarkar. A must see for all Sarkar fan for it will not disappoint you.