Sarkar 3 ( 2017 Release ) : Movie Review
Sarkar 3 : The only person who is ever smiling in Ram Gopal Varma’s third part of his successful franchise ‘Sarkar’ is Mr. Abhishek Bachchan hanging as a giant black and white portrait in his father’s sitting room. The rest of the cast in Sarkar 3 are in a perennially pensive mood and are virtually scowling and screaming at each other even as the audi speakers blare “Govinda Govinda” chants to drown their voice. [Read: Maatr (2017) : Movie Review ]
Sarkar is also trying to settle the internal conflict within his house which erupts after his grandson Shivaji (Amit Sadh) disagrees to the working style of his trusted man friday Gokul (Ronit Roy). There’s also the pretty Yami Gautam seeking revenge for her father whom Sarkar killed.
For Ram Gopal Varma’s fan club, the good news is that he regains some of his lost directorial touch with this film. Sarkar 3 is a tremendous improvement over the ‘Aag’s(2007) and ‘Department’s (2012) the maverick director has helmed off late. The bad news is that inspite being a fair attempt of reclaiming old glory, Sarkar 3 lacks the energy and the intensity of the first part. The sluggish screenplay and some insipid dialogues are to be blamed.
On the positive, Amitabh Bachchan is powerful as ever in the titular role whether making tough decisions while noisily sipping his dip tea or patiently listening to his wife’s (Supriya Pathak) grievance. Yami Gautam leaves an impression even in a small role. [Read: Bahubali 2 (2017) Movie Review ]
The rest of the acting front borders on the ham. Jackie Shroff looks more like a clown than a don when he mouths those inane dialogues about laddoos being sweet. Amit Sadh tries to impersonate Abhishek Bachchan and that ain’t saying much! Ronit Roy and Manoj Bajpayee don’t get much scope. And newcomer Bajrangbali Singh getting a meaty role of the corrupt builder Gandhi is ineffective, to put it mildly.
An extra half star in my rating below is awarded to the Ganpati aarti song sequence. That part is splendid and spectacular. The rest of Sarkar 3 isn’t.