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11 May, 2017 ,
Govinda! Govinda! Govindaaaa! A sound that has resonated since 2005, continues to grip us even today, 12 years and 2 sequels later. Sarkar is the only political drama thriller film that runs into a franchise and that too a popular one. While Sarkar and Sarkar Raj were released in a gap of 3 years, Sarkar 3 is a big leap in time, almost 9 years since the last part where Abhishek Bachchan’s character Shankar Nagre succumbs to the bad-world of goons and unethical opportunists. Now, in Sarkar 3 we have new goons, new mafia, new family members but the same old yet powerful SARKAR (Amitabh Bachchan).
To the theaters chanting – Govinda Govinda Govinda Govinda Govindaaaa!!!
Sarkar was magic, a plot with real twists & turns. Sarkar Raj seemed a bit of a drag, with situations becoming a little unreal. Sarkar 3, seems way out of the line from this realism that Ram Gopal Verma set out with. Things are way over the top – be it the situations, the action, the dialogs, the punches or the kicks. Seems like Ram Gopal Verma is forcefully trying to sell us the big bad world which no longer exists and in doing so he has weaved a rather unconvincing plot all leading to a forced climax
Let’s just say that this film and franchise has always been about Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and like any film he has delivered to the god damn T. He is, and will always be the Sarkar of Bollywood. Barring his performance, the other performances are inconsequential. Be it Manoj Bajpai, Jackie Shroff, Ronit Roy, Amit Sadh, Yami Gautam or the other supporting cast, it don’t matter when you have Mr. Bachchan in the frame. The performances are apt and played by veterans who understand and deliver their parts perfectly.
The background music seems to go on and off. Sometimes, its apt and strong and perfect for the scene, sometimes, the background score fails to lift the scene to translate the true meaning. As far as the songs are concerned, except the Ganesh Aarti by Mr. Bachchan, the Govinda soundtrack seems to have many versions throughout the film but all these versions put together don’t match up to the intensity of the song we heard in the first part i.e. Sarkar.
Editing is apt and Ram Gopal Verma’s direction like always is cut to cut. He moves across the frames, seamlessly telling his story, getting the entire ensemble of cast to perform brilliantly. The entire fabric of the film has his stamp.
While we have such an amazing back story of this political family trying to fend off unethical businessmen to cause mayhem in their city, the writers couldn’t turn the story of the film around too much, so the film seems plausible, instead they fall to the traps of making the story larger than life and unbelievable. Yes, the Nagre family’s eldest member is like Superman in flesh and blood and that seems like a long way from where he started in 2005.
Sarkar has been a great franchise, so watch the film if you have followed the series till now and are a fan of Mr. Bachchan’s acting (atleast that was the reason for me to go). Watch the film if you like guns, goons and our Angry Old Man. Watch the film if you want to chant Govinda! with every impactful scene.
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