‘Sarkar 3’ movie review: Amitabh Bachchan tends to hold this weak film with his sheer presence

‘Sarkar 3’ movie review: Amitabh Bachchan tends to hold this weak film with his sheer presence

Directed By: Ram Gopal Varma

Produced By: Rahul Mittra, Anand Pandit, Gopal Shivram Dalvi, Krishan Choudhary, WeOne

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Yami Gautam, Amit Sadh, Manoj Bajpayee, Jackie Shroff

Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes

Rating: 2

Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan is back as Subhash Nagre in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Sarkar 3’. The movie is a political crime thriller and the third installment of the ‘Sarkar’ film series. RGV and Big B have come together after a hiatus of nine years. Their coming together always manages to hook the fans, as they are keen to see their megastar on the big screen. This being Big B’s first release of 2017 expectations are quite high.

The story of ‘Sarkar 3’ starts with the iconic shot of Subhash Nagre (Sarkar) waving his hand, complete with beads. He is clearly the messiah he was, fighting for the rights of the people. Annu Karkare (Yami Gautam) thinks that “Sarkar” (Amitabh Bachchan) is responsible for the death of her father and conspires to avenge his death. She has very cleverly befriended Shivaji Nagre (Amit Sadh) with the sole aim of killing Sarkar. Sarkar has his own personal battles with his grandson Shivaji. Parallel to this is the political and corporate diaspora that pose threats to Sarkar’s dominance. How Sarkar deals with his adversaries forms the crux of the story.

Amitabh Bachchan is back as a more angrier version of himself. He is aptly supported by Manoj Bajpayee, Jackie Shroff, Yami Gautam, Amit Sadh and Ronit Roy among others but the script lets them down. Amit Sadh is the dark horse of the latest series. His character gives him much scope to display his acting prowess.

Manoj Bajpayee as the rising politician whose views are on a crash course with ‘Sarkar’ as expected gives a stunning performance but this is something we have seen him do most of the time. Ronit Roy starts promisingly in the first half as Sarkar’s right hand but his character isn’t given much scope. Jackie Shroff as the Dubai-based don does bring in a dose of comic relief. But his character could have been defined in a much better manner.

Yami who is depicting the role of Amit Sadh’s love interest is a dampener as she is not given much scope. The film is a Bachchan movie all the way, “He easily carries it on his shoulders with a panache.”

The film relies on wafer thin suspense and lacks the finesse of a tight script. Unlike previous versions it lacks the emotional quotient. The plus points are Ravi Shankar’s background score in tandem with Amol Rathod’s picturisation. But neither Amitabh Bachchan’s magnificence nor RGV’s last-ditch attempt of making another political saga can save this film.

The flaws are the superfluous shots and characters. The first half is tense but the second half moves at a lethargic pace.

Watch the film if you are an Amitabh Bachchan fan as he doesn’t fail you.

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