Directed by: Ram Gopal Verma
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhisheik Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Back in 2005, when Sarkar was released, having read pre release articles and seen the trailer, I thought “oh no, they are going to mess with the Godfather – is no film sacred???”. I could not have been more wrong. When I saw the film, it blew me away. No songs, top notch performances, tight scripting, the film was one of the highlights of 2005 and a fitting tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece. So when I heard a sequel was being made, my heart sank again – “my god – is no film sacred???”. Especially after I gave RGV the benefit of the doubt when he decided to remake the classic Sholay as Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag, which sadly, was one of the worst films of recent times. Furthermore, wasting the talented Amitabh Bachchan was another unforgivable crime committed by Verma. This time, Verma has three talented Bachchans to direct – so the stakes are very high.
Sarkar Raj takes the story forward from Sarkar with the introduction of Anita Rajan (Rai-Bachchan), a CEO who wants to set up a power plant in rural Maharastra. Convinced by the potential benefits, Shankar (Abhishek) persuades his reluctant father Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan) to back the project before heading off with Anita to villages in Maharastra to garner support from the public. But Shankar has not reckoned on forces working against him, to bring him down and what emerges is an intense power struggle as Shankar wades into a political battleground.
This film has been highly anticipated for many a reason. Firstly, bringing the three Bachchans together again (the last time was for the Kaja Ra Re number for Bunty Aur Babli) should prove very interesting, especially in an unconventional film. Amitabh and Abhisheik never disappoint when together and with Aishwarya being a director’s actress, we should see some decent performances. Secondly, Verma has always had a rough ride from the media but this last year has seen him almost written off by certain sections of the industry ( which seems premature as he is a talented director). Will this be the hit film that will silence his detractors and bring the RGV brand back into the reckoning? Furthermore, with comedy and action being the flavours du jour, can an intelligent political thriller hope to storm the box office? Find out on 6th June when Sarkar Raj goes on international release. Here’s hoping I’ll be proved wrong again!
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For those wanting a summary of Sarkar, check out the IMDB synopsis: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0432047/