Subhash Nagre, the patriarch of the Nagre family is at war with his own grandson or as we are told. Shivaji Nagre aka Cheeku shows similar hot headedness that his father had, the character played by Kay Kay Menon who was killed by his own younger brother Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan) while the latter was in pursuit of killing their father. The third installment in this franchise is not a tribute to Francis Ford Copolla’s ‘The Godfather’, but a film that tries to explore the family politics or palace politics, as stated by Ram Gopal Varma himself.
There is a concept in Business Administration called “Constant Hammering”; with its help, one can imbed a product or an idea in another person’s mind very effectively. Ram Gopal Varma with help of a special kind of cinematography and a thumping background score has done just that since 2005 with the character called Subhash Nagre.
The film’s biggest asset is no doubt Amitabh Bachchan who gives diverse expressions in almost all the scenes, a feat only achieved by highly experienced actors. His voice modulation, depth in the eyes and the posturing sucks you into the world of Sarkar but unfortunately he is mowed down by poor dialogues that only take away from his surreptitious charm and towering figure. Also, the background track – Govinda Govinda on a loop mode is one of the most irksome things about the movie. Even the mild scenes are pushed down your throat as scintillating with the help of this track. While Bachchan surely tries to cover up for most of the shortcomings of the director and the writer, their poor execution of an exaggerated idea is not lost on the viewer.
In this game of deceit and power are characters like Gokul ( Ronit Roy ) and Govind Deshpande ( Manoj Bajpayee) – who are by the way very good in their roles but are cheated by an immature script. The film is a heterogeneous mixture of power, politics, deceit, murders, corporate lobby but it’s not a sensible mix of these offerings.
The Stalwart actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Jakie Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee are let down by an immature narrative and often funny scenes that immensely tarnish the seriousness of the subject and the characters.
Drawing familiarity with the previous films in the franchise, the film’s opening scene shows Subhash Nagre waving his hands in the air, much to the comfort of his blind followers who would put him above the law of the land. But despite all the cinematic buildup, Amitabh Bachhcan is let down by a very small scale of the film which mostly shows off instead of providing meat and reason to the characters. The camera might zoom into close-ups of Bachchan to establish him as an object of might but he is accompanied by just two men, one of whom is mute. There seems to have been money saved on number of extras too whose sheer number should have established how big the man is in his city. Lack of establishing and long shots which should have marked the enormity of the character were desperately needed.
A deal worth 20,000 crores is being signed for a construction site but the sides involved have local immature goons put on the set with little preparation. The film lacks the might, impact, complexity, layers and the sheer mounting of a political crime thriller.
Ace actor Manoj Bajpayee wonderfully gets into the skin of Subhash Deshpande, the only character here who ‘looks’ Marathi and carries the body language of this culture, a feat achieved by Kay Kay Menon in the first Sarkar installment. His scenes with Sarkar are the saving grace of the entire project.
Ronit Roy has steadily convinced the Hindi film viewers that he is an underrated actor. He is controlled and intense in all the scenes meant for him to deliver in. But it’s disappointing to see Jackie Shroff in half baked, titillating, superficial scenes that try to establish him as a dreaded gangster, functioning out of Dubai, but ends up being laughing stock. Accompanied by an eye candy (as in most of Ram Gopal Varma’s films) He is reduced to being a comical character, occasionally getting a mocking laughter from the audience.
And the weakest scenes of the film are with Amit Sadh playing Shivaji Nagre who completely looks unprepared for the role. In a scene where he lands into a gangster’s cell, says – Naam to suna hoga. There was everyone smirking at this dialogue. With no introduction to where he came from, we never got to know how he could shoot guns so accurately.
You would remember that in 1999 Ram Gopal Varma was awarded the National award for the scripting of Shool, It’s an irony that in Sarkar3 he along with Nilesh Girkar ( two writers of the film ) betray his followers and the followers of this franchise too. He is the man with 28 years of experience in making movies; we would like to remember him as one.