Sarkar 3

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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpai, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff, Amit Sadh, Ronit Roy, Amol Kurmi, Supriya Pathak
Director: Ram Gopal Varma

The third film in Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar trilogy (Sarkar (2005) and Sarkar Raj (2008)), chronicles the exploits of a powerful political figure.

Sarkar 3 looks at power and its attraction as the primary basis for human conflicts. The plot goes back to its previous films, and deals with a multifaceted crisis in Subhash Nagre Sarkar’s (Amitabh Bachchan) life. The towering personality plays the role of a godfather in the film, akin to the Hollywood blockbuster The Godfather. Bachchan fits the role perfectly and if you have seen the earlier films, the man gets better with each passing year. Just the movement of his eyes is enough to express doubt, conflict, anger and joy.

The patriarch of the most powerful family in Maharashtra who has a large following of his ideals, Subhash is not a favourite with all his people. There are some who are against his work, like his grandson Shivaji aka Cheeku (Amit Sadh). And the reason is that Shivaji’s father was killed on Sarkar’s orders. Shivaji is dating the beautiful Anu (Yami Gautam), an ally of one of the conspirators who are out to finish Subhash. There’s also Sarkar’s political rival, Govind Deshpande (Manoj Bajpayee), greedy Dubai-based businessman, Michael Vallya (Jackie Shroff), and power-broker Deven Gandhi (Bajrangbali Singh) who make their own pitches to destroy Sarkar and his vast empire.

Having lost his two sons Vishnu (Kay Kay Menon) and Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan) earlier, Subhash is kept grounded by two lieutenants Gokul (Ronit Roy) and Raman (Parag Tyagi). His wife Pushpa (Supriya Pathak) is bedridden. Shivaji learns that Gokul secretly aspires to supersede his grandfather. Even as the power-struggle within the four walls of the Nagre home intensifies, outsiders are plotting to assassinate Subhash. Will Shivaji betray Subhash?

Direction wise Ram Gopal Varma excels, getting a stellar performance from the legend. On the music front, thankfully the seven tracks are more theme-based and stay away from the usual trappings of a typical Bollywood film. Gussa is about the social scenario that makes the common man angry, while the best is the chants of Govinda backed by some good drumming in the background. Big B’s baritone on Ganesh Aarti invokes the bhakti bhav. Don’t miss the compelling visuals of the song.

Sarkar 3 works more due to Big B’s majestic presence. If you’ve loved the earlier films, loved The Godfather, you will surely love Sarkar 3.

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1) Sarkar’s grandson, Shivaji, is against his work because…
a. Shivaji’s father was killed on Sarkar’s orders
b. Shivaji wants to take over Sarkar’s empire

2) Sarkar is kept grounded by his ____.
a. wife
b. grandson
c. two lieutenants

3) The track ______ features the Big B’s baritone.
a. Govinda
b. Ganesh Aarti
c. Gussa

Verus Ferreira

Verus Ferreira

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