Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh, Jackie Shroff, Yami Gautam, Bharat Dabholkar, Rohini Hattangadi
This is how a franchise goes downhill. The reason Sarkar concept had got popular because it had brilliantly portrayed the character of a powerful political figure, his ideologies and aggressive firmness but that is nowhere evident in Sarkar 3. The story and direction make up a long narrative that is disinteresting.
Subash Nagre (Amitabh Bachchan) is now living with his ill wife Pushpa in his house. His two sons are dead and he only trusts his loyal man Gokul (Ronit Roy). Subhash Nagre is still very much powerful with people respecting him. Nagre’s grandson Shivaji (Amit Sadh) joins him to help smoothen the political operations. But, there are as usual many enemies wanting to either benefit from Sarkar’s power or want him dead. This is the story of that power, lust, revenge and betrayal.
Sarkar 3’s story is not enticing. More than the thrill of Subhash Nagre’s political adventures, his connect with the people and his methods to outsmart the enemies; the script divulges its energy into the game of betrayals and backstabbing. It’s not that it doesn’t happen in politics but the film never touches the core focus of Sarkar and his ‘soch’ angle. There is never a bigger picture; it’s only about revenge and all that stuff which doesn’t lift the film for a better experience.
Ram Gopal Varma’s films are known for the characters but Sarkar 3 will only be remembered for Shivaji Nagre’s character; rest of them are simply avoidable. In the first part, Rashid’s role was highly gripping and it gave the film that dark theme. But, in Sarkar 3, all the other characters were loosely developed. First of all, Annu (Yami Gautam) was an unnecessary addition. Her role didn’t contribute a single value to the movie. Jackie Shroff as business mafia Michael was dull and Manoj Bajpayee as Deshpande was half baked. My point is that to make the film gripping, the villains have to be threatening to match the gigantic power of Sarkar, which was missing. In the first part of Sarkar, the Rashid character added that negative and threatening vibe but Sarkar 3 lacks it big time.
The story completely disappoints with the horrific intentions of Sarkar’s enemies and Sarkar’s efforts to overcome their threats. But, amidst all these flaws, Shivaji Nagre is a well written role. His unstable and aggressive approach to situations gave this failing film something to cheer for.
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I have been a fan of Ram Gopal Varma’s direction for a long time. The director who gave one of the best Bollywood films like Company, Satya, Raat, Rangeela, Sarkar and Raktacharitra knows how to make movies rich in spontaneity. But, Sarkar 3 is not in that list. The conflict I witnessed is that RGV failed to portray the very theme that Sarkar franchise stands for. It never reached that macro intention of Sarkar helping the people and his modus operandi. When the first scene starts with Nagre giving speech to the crowd, it felt like RGV is right on track but with that Dharavi project problems, Jackie Shorff’s dirty moves, the storytelling kept going away from the main focus.
Shivaji Nagre’s character development was amazing and I loved the way he handled things but it was for a brief period as then the story starts getting over-smart. However, complex such narratives might sound, Sarkar was successful and epic due to its simplistic intention but Sarkar 3 tried many things in one story and that’s why failed. Too many stretched dialogues without passion, too much music in each frame and the absence of strong energy in the negative characters, all these are major drawbacks in Ram Gopal Varma’s direction.
Coming to performances, Amitabh Bachchan gives all his passion once again for the role of Subhash Nagre. He holds that powerful political personality very well. Although that authoritative element was not present, that blame should be assigned to the director. Big B’s intense eyes and serious expressions while talking to Shivaji and Gandhi were good. Amit Sadh was the highlight of Sarkar 3. The kind of aggression and dynamic portrayal was needed for the role, Sadh succeeded in it. He really looked like Vishnu’s son. All that rage and desperation to hunt down enemies is sharply enacted.
Manoj Bajapyee does a good job in complicating Sarkar’s political life and he also pulls some great punches. Ronit Roy has become a synonymous name for such intense roles and he never disappoints. He looked every bit a loyal man who has got a back of his leader. Jackie Shroff was not really impressive; he seemed like a typical movie villain who is too talkative. Yami Gautam needs to add more energy into her acting. She just seemed like a pretty face, without much expression into her role.
Sarkar 3 is a very weak attempt in extending the story of Subhash Nagre. The script is flawed and Ram Gopal Varma’s direction fails to develop strong characters. The story lacks the thrill in its story and becomes an avoidable affair.