AMITABH BACHCHAN IS COMPELLING AS SARKAR
: Subhash Nagre or Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan), the patriarch of the most powerful family of Maharashtra, continues to hold centre-stage because of his immense clout with the masses. In this outing, the Godfather is joined by his grandson Shivaji Nagre(Amit Sadh), who loves and hates his grandfather with equal intensity. Will Shivaji betray Subhash? Or will he become a prey to his grandfather’s machinations?
: We have lived with the protagonist and premise of this franchise for 12 years now. That explains the sense of déjà vu while watching the third part. But it also accounts for the audience staying invested in Sarkar right from the start. Having lost his two sons Vishnu (Kay Kay Menon) and Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan) earlier, he has aged but not mellowed. Now he is kept insulated for the most part, by two lieutenants Gokul(Ronit) and Raman(Parag). His wife Pushpa(Supriya) is ailing and he does his best to shield her. Proceedings pick up with the entry of his estranged grandson Shivaji aka Cheeku. The hard-nosed youngster picks up the scent of traitourness from Gokul, who secretly aspires to supersede the don. Even as the power-struggle within the four walls of the Nagre home intensifies, outsiders like Govind Deshpande (Manoj), a power-hungry political aspirant, a greedy Dubai-based businessman, Michael Vallya(Jackie) and a power-broker Gandhi(Bajrangbali), make their own pitches to destroy Sarkar.
Coming to the all-important question—is Ram Gopal Varma of Shiva, Satya, Company and the first part of Sarkar back in form? Well, you can see some flashes of the filmmaker’s intensity here. His Mahabharatha tale or palace politics as it is termed, plays out uninterruptedly. However there isn’t much intrigue because most of the twists are easy to guess. Some of the dialogue is pithy but then again, this accounts for little.
The brooding palette of shadow and light that has been the trademark of this franchise is retained, as is the Govinda chant that works as a terrific background score. The Ganesh-aarti rendered by Bachchan is spellbinding; the iconic actor is also in top form, mesmerizing you with his grey shades and grey irises. For his legion of fans, this one is an important outing. Amit, Manoj, Jackie and Ronit lend weightage. However, the actresses--Yami, Supriya and Rohini are short-changed.