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Sarkar Raj

This was published in Nxg - The Hindu

Cast:Amitabh, Abhishek, Aishwarya Rai,
Director:Ram Gopal Varma
RGV is back with his cult characters in this sequel. The movie has two inspirations backing the script; Sarkar and Godfather. Whenever the movie draws inspiration from Godfather the film impresses, but when they move under the shadows of Sarkar it looks clich├ęd.
This time around RGV didn’t go for an elaborate story. Rather he has tried to play with the characters; their reactions and the genre that Sarkar has created. He has completely played with the enigma of the previous part in the first half. The story doesn’t seem to move at all here. The moment he shifts to Godfather mode by murdering Avantika, the movie unfolds in a rapid pace with series of twist and turns. The surprise package of them all, being the characterization of Aishwarya.
Story wise Anitha(Aishwarya) CEO of Sheppard Power Plant, brings a power plant proposal to be set up in rural Maharashtra before the Nagres. After much reluctance from Subash, Shankar persuades him to accept the proposal, only to realize the dire consequences later. How the Nagres face these problems form the rest of the plot.
The emotional passage of the father and son and later the emotions of Sarkar are the highlights of the movie. RGV could have avoided the lighting and style of filming which was used in Pudhupetai, in few scenes. That apart, technically Sarkar Raj is one of the best films made. The bgm, the lighting, and the close-ups –all blend well to create a great movie experience and RGV takes the credit for his shear capability to do it.
Watch the movie to relive the Sarkar magic without great expectations; for RGV has proved yet again that he is the best person to have adapted Godfather.
Verdict: 3 1/2 stars.


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