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Sarkar 3 Review: Average Cast and Poor Script Withers Down RGV’s Sarkar ‘Raj’

Sarkar 3 is yet another story of power, politics, treachery and deception. Subhash Nagre aka Sarkar, even after losing both his sons, holds the central power in the politics of Maharastra. Supported by his trusted lieutenants, Gokul and Raman, Nagre rules the city. When some builders seek Nagre’s intervention in evicting 15000 people from Dharavi East, Nagre’s refusal opens a new warfront. Shivaji Nagre enters the scene as Sarkar’s grandchild wanting the throne to himself, supported by Annu Karkare, who wishes to avenge the death of his father. Joined by Michael Vallya, the greedy businessman and Govind Deshpande as the aspiring politician against him, will Subash Nagre be able to fight them all and emerge victorious?


Sarkar 3 is the third instalment after Sarkar (2005) and Sarkar Raj (2008). This will be the first negative role played by Yami Gautam. Amitabh Bachchan had suggested Amit Sadh for the role of Shivaji Nagre. Ram Gopal Verma and Manoj Bajpai will be seen working together after 15 years. Amitabh Bachchan and Ronit Roy will be seen together for the first time, while Rohini Hattangadi and Amitabh Bacchan will be seen together after 27 years. They were last seen in Agneepath (1990), where they played the role of a mother and son respectively.

What To Anticipate:

The whole aura of Sarkar, with its shades of grey and black undertones, deadening heavy voice and the stark fear channelled through stares easily reminds one of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. The character of Sarkar has lived along with us for the past 12 years and it has never failed to leave you in awe and admiration of the character and the actor playing it. But beyond the central character, does Sarkar 3 carry enough fuel to leave a lasting impression? Not so much.

Amit Sadh fails to make an impact while playing the role as Shivaji Nagre and even though his desperation to be the next sarkar has been made the central catch of his character, he fails to bring in any intensity, be that of Kay Kay Menon (Vishnu- his father) or Abhishek Bachchan (Shankar – his uncle) from the earlier instalments. Yami Gautam is a big disappointment with her blank stares and expressionless acting. (The sole reason why she is only offered cameo roles) Ronit Roy as Gokul and Manoj Bajpai as the greedy politician, Govind Deshapnde shine through their set frames as they are neglected by the script. Jackie Shroff with his sharp-bright suits and bikini-clad girlfriend may have been placed as the comic relief but it fails to generate the desired effect.

The struggle for power and politics has been reduced to mere ‘dialogue-baazi’ and a few gun battles. Giving really superficial dialogues like ‘main naatak kar rha tha’ and ‘jaan se maar dunga’ to Amitabh Bachchan was not really a good choice even he struggles to live along the script. The script forms the weakest link in the movie. Expected twists, the same followed storyline of a business deal going wrong followed by double-crossing and betrayals – it’s just a rehash of its earlier movies.

The constant background score of ‘Govinda-Govinda’ works well at the beginning but seems to have been overdone a little by the end. The camera work in the hands of Amol Rathod lacks finesse, all but the Ganesh Pujan scene which has been shot beautifully. Symbolism has a weird way of finding its place in the movie and be it the stuffed tiger or Ganesha’s head or the grey sculpture of a dog, they fail to make the intended impression.

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