Sarkar Raj Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film | Drama
Sarkar Raj is an intense political drama and is essentially a study of power; it explores the politics of development and takes a fresh look at the tradition versus modernity debate.
Jun 6, 2008 By Ashok Nayak

Sequel to the 2005 superhit Sarkar, Sarkar Raj features Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai in lead roles. The sequel is directed by Ram Gopal Varma after two debacles in the form of AAG and Darling.


Sarkar Raj is an intense political drama and is essentially a study of power; it explores the politics of development and takes a fresh look at the tradition versus modernity debate.


When Anita Rajan (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. It is in this backdrop 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.


Ram Gopal Varma is back! After a few disaster the director of movies like Satya, Rangeela, Company, Sarkar, Bhoot is in full form. If Sarkar was inspired by Godfather, Sarkar Raj is a complete original. The script is brilliant and Ram Gopal Varma has executed it to perfected. The plot is more complicated this time around, and it sure needs a master director at the helm to pull it off.


Sarkar Raj is not without its share of flaws. The character of Aishwarya Rai is unconvincing, ditto to the love angle between Abhishek and Aishwarya. Also during the last few reels, the director seems to have hurried into the climax.


RGV has also managed to extract good performances from the lead cast as well as the character actors. Amitabh Bachchan stands out with a powerful performances. His performance, dialogue delivery and they way he expresses through his eyes is superb. Abhishek Bachchan is good, nothing great. Aishwarya Rai manages to emote well and she is good, by her standards, in a few sequences.


Amongst the supporting actors, Govind Namdev is good. Dilip Prabhawalkar is superb. The rest of the actors perform ably.


To sum things up, Sarkar Raj is a good intense thriller with brilliant performance by Amitabh Bachchan.


Ashok Nayak

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