Sarkar 3 movie review: Despite Amitabh Bachchan trying his best, where’s the novelty?

Sarkar 3 movie review: The best thing you can say about Amitabh Bachchan and Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar 3 is that it is not as ghastly as Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2017 9:34 am
Sarkar 3 movie review, Sarkar 3 review, Sarkar 3, Sarkar 3 movie, Sarkar 3 film, Amitabh Bachchan, sarkar 3 images Sarkar 3 movie review: Amitabh Bachchan shows the towering actor he can be but fails to rise above the way his Sarkar has been conceptualised.

Sarkar 3 movie cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpayee, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff, Amit Sadh, Ronit Roy, Rohini Hattangadi
Sarkar 3 movie director: Ram Gopal Varma
Sarkar 3 movie rating: 1.5 stars

When was the last time Ram Gopal Varma made a half decent film? Nine years back, with the sequel of Sarkar, called Sarkar Raj, which I liked better than the original. After that it’s been a steady slide downhill, with just the odd film that held out a glimmer of the old Ramu.

You go into the third part of Sarkar in the hope that it will resurrect RGV. But that’s not to be. The best that can be said about Sarkar 3 is that it is not as terrible as Not A Love Story, and, no, nowhere as ghastly as Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag. That’s small consolation for a film, though, which toplines a heavyweight cast, led by Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpyee, Jackie Shroff, and helmed by a director who redefined both the gangster and horror genre in Indian cinema.

Sarkar 3 movie review, Sarkar 3 review, Sarkar 3, Sarkar 3 movie, Sarkar 3 film, Amitabh Bachchan, sarkar 3 images Sarkar 3 movie review: As Amitabh Bachchan’s vengeful grandson, Amit Sadh is miscast in Sarkar 3.

Sarkar 3 reunites us with the eponymous character of Subhash Nagre aka Sarkar, a thinly disguised fictionalized version of Bal Thakeray, which Amitabh Bachchan played first in 2005.

Sarkar, in his flowing black robes, dramatically contrasting white beard, rudraksh beads around the neck, is both respected and feared by his constituency and his enemies: he is not an elected representative, but wields as much if not more power than those who sit in the Mantralaya.

In the third part of the series, the number of foes has risen, and at each step, a new challenger shows up. This includes a thundering Manoj Bajpayee, a crafty Rohini Hattangadi, a madly vamping Jackie Shroff who is to be seen hanging out with a bikini-clad buxom babe for the most part, and other sundries.

The previous editions of Sarkar worked because Bachchan was given worthy opponents, and the semblance of a story. Here, RGV completely dispenses with such things as plot, as he goes about getting his characters to mouth long-winded dialogues minus punch. He also surrounds Bachchan with the earnest young Amit Sadh, who is miscast as Shivaji, the vengeful-grandson-who-would-be-Sarkar. As his faithful lieutenant, Ronit Roy is competent, but familiar. Where’s the novelty?

And just what is Yami Gautam doing in this film, other than displaying heavily kohled eyes, and some stray non-speaking scenes which don’t add up to anything? Of what point is her poorly-sketched bit part?

Bachchan shows signs of the towering actor he can be, but is captive to the way his Sarkar has been conceptualized and played: he declaims rather than speaks. And there are moments where you can see flashes of the director RGV used to be, when he pulled off films full of creative leaps, and crazy flourishes.

Can RGV be restored to factory settings? I hope so.

For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App

  1. M
    May 15, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    Poor dialogues, incomplete story, movie depends on some umption. in short, it is not good movie, waste of time and money, backgound music's timing is very bad.
    1. M
      May 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm
      assumption, its not umption, typing mistake
    2. T
      May 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm
      yeh Buddha Amitabh dhaccan abhi mara nahi kya
      1. L
        May 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm
        Good you saved my money will wait till it releases on any channel.
        1. P
          Prashanth Thudi
          May 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm
          analysis and rating ...Why such people become journalists by having so much negativity and hatred!!..Movie is gud If nt extraordinary...Don't rate a film just for RGV rate it as it is dumboo... critique..
          1. R
            Rakjbiu Vjhvu
            May 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm
            Challenge if you can stay awake through the movie / Lifeless ,dull n tests ur patience/ Wish u had a remote to fast forward most of the scenes/ Jackie shroff n the bull dog statue irritate Al through / Al actors dressed in black Al through... Y? / Watch if u get a free ticket or wait for the TV premiere
            1. P
              Praful Ganatra
              May 12, 2017 at 11:04 am
              If it would have been some khan movie it would have got not less than 4 stars !!! Highly communalized daily IE is.
              1. G
                G Dhan Raj
                May 12, 2017 at 7:21 am
                something is wrong with her , this movie cannot be rated 1.5 ,now the next thing IE going to do is writing articles against SARKAR 3 same as they did for Baahubali 2
                1. V
                  vikram naik
                  May 12, 2017 at 1:43 am
                  Seriously Just 1.5 stars?!!!! This movies is trending 9.4 on IMDB watched it today in Dubai its the best of the trilogy.Powerful acting by AB, Manoj, Ronit if you can give Khan movies 4 stars this classic has to be 4.5 minimum
                  1. L
                    May 12, 2017 at 6:01 pm
                    In Imdb its just 6.9 that also reviewed by 45 people on first day, so if this number goes after few weeks it will come down, it seems u read IMDB Dubai, u liked good for you, author didn't liked it's her review don't accept and spend your money.
                  2. Load More Comments