Director Ram Gopal Varma and Amitabh Bachchan came together after the nine years gap for Sarkar 3. We know the storyline of the film from the earlier installations but this is a fresh film and doesn’t rely much on past references. So, don’t worry if you remember the earlier films. As in this movie Amitabh Bachchan plays a role of Subhash Nagre as the patriarch of the most powerful political 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? The whole story of Sarkar 3 revolves around it.
The film starts with the iconic shot of Subhash Nagre (Sarkar) waving his hand, complete with beads. He is clearly the messiah who is fighting for the rights of the people against the most powerful vested interests. The film is held together by a vigorous cast of Manoj Bajpayee, Jackie Shroff, Yami Gautam, Amit Sadh and Ronit Roy among others. As Sarkar’s legal heir, Amit Sadh is impressive and has the meatiest role after Amitabh. His character goes through many sub plots, giving him ample opportunities to prove his acting prowess.
Manoj Bajpayee’s robust character as the rising politician with views contrary to Subhash Nagre delivers yet another powerful performance. But we have seen him play a similar character in the earlier film like ‘Raajneeti’, so he doesn’t surprise you. Amit Sadh’s love interest played by Yami comes across as the most under-utilised character. The trailer showed her as a grey character and you wait for her to come in the forefront but alas, not much has been written in the script of Sarkar 3 for her.
It is interesting to see Jackie Shroff in this mix as the Dubai-based don, moving the characters back home like puppets. But he has been given random dialogues like ‘Ladoo ka bada problem yeh hai ki who bahut meethi hai’ and doesn’t really provide any comic relief. Ronit Roy starts promisingly in the first half as Sarkar’s right hand but his character isn’t given much scope in the second half.
CAST: Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpayee, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff, Amit Sadh, Ronit Roy, Rohini Hattangadi
DIRECTION: Ram Gopal Varma
DURATION: 2 hours 14 minutes
The film relies on wafer thin suspense and you manage to guess bits of the plot and wait for it to unfold. After all Ram Gopal Varma managed to pull for the film. As it is a Ram Gopal Varma movie, you expect long dialogues, tight shots of random things. Apart from the superfluous shots, the film also has superfluous characters that don’t add much to the storyline. But they do stretch the movie and it seems painfully slow in the second half