Sarkar 3 movie review: Amitabh Bachchan leads a stellar cast, but the film lacks the RGV magic – Hindustan Times
sarkar 3cast: amitabh bachchan, manoj bajpayee, amit sadh, yami gautam, ronit roy, jackie shroffdirector: ram gopal varma score: 2.5/5
True power isn’t about fear, it’s about respect.
sarkar 3, the third film in the sarkar franchise (2005), opens with the typical ram gopal varma joke, giving us hope that he’s back in his comfort zone and in top form.
subhash nagre (amitabh bachchan) continues to give orders, but there is a slight change in his style and modus operandi. but unlike sarkar 1 and 2, he has started to react more to the people around him. it’s a graceful shift to a character who understands the delicate relationship between politics and democracy. he still sips his tea, speaks with long pauses, and makes guests uncomfortable by not meeting their eyes.
His dimly lit room has the framed photo of Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan), his dead son, but the house is seen more in the shadow of the death of his other son, Vishnu (Kay Kay Menon). Menon was so effective in the original that even his absence screams of a Sarkar conspiracy.
a pattern evolved in the behavior of subhash nagre and the direction of rgv at the end of sarkar raaj (2008). Those who stand to benefit from Nagre’s death shake hands only to realize that eliminating enemies is also high on Nagre’s agenda. what restricts nagre from full throttle is the presence of a family member on the other side.
this time, it’s chiku (amit sadh), the son of vishnu, whose ambiguous character is giving nagre sleepless nights. Gokul (Ronit Roy), Nagre’s trusted lieutenant, is wary of Chiku’s friends Annu (Yami Gautam) and Sir (Jackie Shroff), but this isn’t the first time the Nagre family has witnessed such conspiracies. .
Now, all we’re waiting for is the start of the bloodbath.
and the person expected to trigger it is a gem of an actor. manoj bajpayee wins hearts in the first scene of him as the deshpande political schemer who imitates nagre at a public meeting.
But what is a smooth varma thriller!
Soon all the important characters get so interlinked that it becomes difficult to figure out who’s on whose side. The only thing crystal clear is that Nagre’s life is under severe threat.
is a familiar setup. you can also foresee some of the twists but deep in your heart you still want subhash nagre back to its original shelf. the guy we love as the godfather of bollywood in the first two movies was the perfect combination of emotionality and detachment. he didn’t believe in expressing his inner thoughts, but he managed to portray a positive image. being verbose was not his style.
bachchan’s dialogue writers make a mistake here. they have given him very superficial lines. he keeps repeating lines like ‘jaan se maar dunga’ and ‘main naatak kar raha tha’, which eventually dilutes the gist of him being a miser with words. hinders the seriousness of it.
The screenplay presents other flaws. Sarkar also worked because Rashid’s (Zakir Hussain) intensity forced Nagre to up his game. Here, he lacks such challenges. Jackie Shroff, his biggest nemesis, is more funny than evil. But his character has an interesting curve. His weirdly-worded banters with his young girlfriend provide the much needed comical relief. However, it comes at the cost of making the whole scheme look non-serious.
amol rathod’s camerawork looks to amit roy for inspiration, but lacks finesse. the oddly placed props make some of the scenes weird as you keep looking at them instead of concentrating on the characters. for example, the nagre room has a small stuffed tiger that is oddly placed in the frame. In another scene, Yami Gautam sits on a chair in front of the others only because the person behind her can lean on it. her chair is directly between the television and the sofa. I don’t know who watches TV like that. And beware, it is a room with a lot of space.
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sarkar’s success is based on amitabh bachchan’s charisma, and he knows his character by heart. despite the over-chewed dialogue in the opening sequence, he holds our attention. The same can be said for Ronit Roy who shines in an emotional showdown with Nagre.
however, these occasions are rare. most of sarkar 3 is a new version of sarkar. nagre continues to deal with absolutely similar problems in absolutely similar ways.
but there’s something good about sarkar 3. ram gopal varma is one step closer to getting his touch back. veerappan proved he’s not out of the game, and sarkar 3 suggests he’s making a comeback. should also be praised for a great cast.
sarkar 3 has enough moments to make you go back to the previous movies. That is good and bad. good because you still love sarkar, and bad because it won’t let you love sarkar 3.
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