SPK Film Desk : Sarkar 3, the third film in the Sarkar (2005) franchise, opens with a typical Ram Gopal Varma punch line, giving us hopes of him returning to his comfort zone and top form, but disappoints.
Subhash Nagre (Amitabh Bachchan) is still bossing around. His dimly-lit room has Shankar’s (Abhishek Bachchan), his dead son, framed photo, but the house looks more under the shadow of his other son Vishnu’s (Kay Kay Menon) death. Menon was so effective in the original that even his absence screams of a conspiracy around Sarkar.
A pattern evolved in Subhash Nagre’s behaviour and RGV’s direction by the end of Sarkar Raaj (2008). Those who will be benefitted by Nagre’s death join hands only to realise that eliminating foes is very high on Nagre’s agenda as well. What restricts Nagre from going full throttle is the presence of a family member on the other side.
This time, it’s Chiku (Amit Sadh), Vishnu’s son, whose character’s ambiguity is giving Nagre sleepless nights. Gokul (Ronit Roy), Nagre’s trusted lieutenant, is wary of Chiku’s friends Annu (Yami Gautam) and Sir (Jackie Shroff), but this isn’t the first time the Nagre household is witnessing such conspiracies.Now, all we wait for is the beginning of bloodbath.And the person expected to trigger it is a gem of an actor. Manoj Bajpayee wins hearts in his very first scene as the conniving politician Deshpande who mimics Nagre at a public meeting.But Don’t expect Varma thriller without shocks!
Soon all the important characters get so interlinked that it becomes difficult to figure out who’s on whose side ( Only RGV knows)except that Nagre’s life is under severe threat.
It’s a familiar set-up. You can also foresee some of the twists, but deep down your heart, you still want Subhash Nagre to go back to his original shelf. The guy we loved as Bollywood’s Godfather in first two films was the perfect blend of emotional and detached. He didn’t believe in expressing his inner thoughts, but managed to portray a positive picture. Bachchan’s dialogue writers make a mistake here. They have given him very superficial lines. He keeps repeating lines such as ‘jaan se maar dunga’ and ‘main naatak kar raha tha’ which eventually dilutes the essence of him being a miser with words. It hampers his gravitas.
The screenplay presents other flaws. Sarkar also worked because Rashid’s (Zakir Hussain) intensity forced him to up his game. Here, he lacks such challenges. Jackie Shroff, his biggest nemesis, is more funny than evil. But his character has an interesting curve. His weirdly-worded banters with his young girlfriend provide the much needed comical relief.
Amol Rathod’s camera work seeks inspiration from Amit Roy, but lacks finesse.
Sarkar’s success relies on Amitabh Bachchan’s charisma, and he knows his character by heart. Despite over-chewed dialogues in the opening sequence, he holds our attention. The same can be said about Ronit Roy who sparkles in an emotional confrontation with Nagre.
These occasions are rare though. After watching Sarkar 3 you can realise that its a remake of Sarkar not the sequal . Nagre is still dealing with absolutely similar problems in absolutely similar manners.
But there is one good thing about Sarkar 3. Ram Gopal Varma is a step closer to regain his touch. He should also be lauded for a great ensemble cast.Though story, screenplay, dialogues etc disappoints.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh, Yami Gautam
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Rating: 2/5 (Poor)