Sarkar 3 – Highway Reel Film Review

Sarkar 3 couldn’t be saved by stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff and Manoj Bajpayee

Starring – Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Amit Sadh, Manoj Bajpayee, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, Rohini Hatangdi, Supriya Pathak

Director – Ram Gopal Varma

Rating- *1. 5/5

After a series of flops, the trailer of Sarkar 3 showed a glimmer of hope for Ram Gopal Varma.

Unfortunately, even a handful of powerful actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpayee, Jackie Shroff and Ronit Roy couldn’t resurrect his failing career.

The film takes us back into the life of Subhash Nagre aka Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan), who is not only feared, but even respected by the masses. Loosely based on the life of one of Mumbai’s most powerful politicians, the story has its heavy dose of politics mixed with gangster drama. After losing his two sons, Sarkar’s only two aides are Gokul(Ronit Roy) and Raman(Parag Tyagi). He is soon joined by his estranged grandson Shivaji Nagre (Amit Sadh). Meanwhile, a host of other opposing parties plot means and ways to destroy Sarkar. The plot revolves around Sarkar, trying to continue his reign after a series of mishaps.

There was a time when Ram Gopal Varma had an edge in filmmaking; now, he just seems to have fallen over that edge. The first half of Sarkar 3 is almost unbearable with lengthy monologues, some boring drama and Govinda Govinda Govinda Govinda Govinda Govinda Govinda Govinda Govinda… because after every dialogue, the Govinda soundtrack signifies that a powerful line has just been delivered.

Although he has acted brilliantly, even Amitabh Bachchan, with his baritone couldn’t give the dialogues the required punch.

Jackie Shroff,  who is supposed to play a dreaded mobster, became the butt of jokes in most of the scenes. The comical element was entertaining. Speaking of butts, RGV’s obsession for the female body doesn’t seem to end. Shroff’s arm candy just makes the whole story frivolous. The director has shot every scene in 10 different angles. Now even Quentin Tarantino would think that’s a bit too much!

If you manage to survive the first half, the second part gets a slight hold of things. However, there are some scenes that are a dead giveaway of the climax.

Amitabh Bachchans’s fierce avatar in a black kurta and with a rudraksh mala is daunting. His mere presence could give you the chills, but somehow his dialogues couldn’t match up to his demeanour.
Manoj Bajpayee does a fabulous job playing a leader of an opposing party. His distinct nuances give the character a whole new facet and he certainly manages to impress.
Amit Sadh had a substantial role and played his part well while Yami Gautam was clearly wasted. Veterans like Supriya Pathak and Rohini Hattangadi showed everyone how it’s done. They were simply brilliant in their characters.

The only time I got goosebumps was when Amitabh Bachchan sang the entire Ganesh aarti in one scene. His voice, coupled with the beats of the song uplifted the scene several notches higher. But soon after, the only background sound interrupting dialogues mid-sentence, was the Govinda soundtrack.

Supriya Says: Don’t GO -vinda GOvinda GOvinda GOvinda GOvinda GOvinda!

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