Sarkar movie review and release highlights: Vijay starrer opens to mixed reviews

Sarkar movie review and release highlights: Vijay starrer opens to mixed reviews

Here's what celebrities, critics and fans said about Sarkar, starring Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Yogi Babu and Radha Ravi.

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Sarkar movie review live updates: Sarkar is helmed by AR Murugadoss.

After the huge success of Thuppakki and Kaththi, director AR Murugadoss and Vijay have teamed up again for Sarkar. The film is an intense political drama that is based on recent political developments including the Tamil Nadu chief minister’s death.

The music of Sarkar has been composed by AR Rahman. The songs of the film are already a hit.

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Produced by Sun Pictures, the movie also stars Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Yogi Babu and Radha Ravi among others.

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Sarkar was released in over 3,000 screens across the globe and in more than 80 countries, including South Africa, Poland and Ukraine among others.

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Our verdict

If Sarkar was a political launchpad for Vijay, then you could say, he won. But unfortunately, this is a film. Those slo-mos, action blocks and stylish-tossing-cigarette-moments doesn’t help if you see the film as a whole. Vijay’s terrific screen presence makes this underwritten saga somewhat bearable. But that doesn’t mean one would enjoy everything in a star-driven film.

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Strong message well delivered, says Harish Kalyan

Actor Harish Kalyan wrote on Twitter, "#Sarkar A strong msg well delivered.. kudos to the entire team! Namba #thalapathy does it again! Whatteee presence and style! #SarkarDiwali."

Fans outside theatres are crowding to watch Sarkar in Chennai

Sarkar leaked online

Vijay starrer Sarkar has been hit by piracy merely hours after its release. A full version of the movie was leaked online by Tamilrockers on Tuesday.

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Dhananjayan on Sarkar

Filmmaker G Dhananjayan wrote on Twitter, "#Sarkar is very stylish with a good social message from @ARMurugadoss sir. Certainly a good watch this Diwali for @actorvijay sir's most stylished acting with impactful dialogues. Go & celebrate with family 💐💐💐👍👍"

Hema Rukmani on Sarkar

Hema Rukmani posted on Twitter, "#TopTucker #SARKAR pakka entertainer #Thalapathy semma style & performance. Vere level dialogue delivery. Impressive screen presence @varusarath A bold mass film by @ARMurugadoss @sunpictures @arrahman 💥💥💥 #ThalapathyDiwali #SarkarDeepavali @ThenandalFilms @MuraliRamasamy4"

Vijay fan reactions

Vijay was literally everywhere… cut-outs, posters, T-shirts. The moment he appeared on screen, fans went crazy as they whistled, howled, danced and threw their hands up in the air. Half the hall took photos of their ‘action hero’ on their mobile phones and tablets. The flying squads kept telling them to not click pictures or shoot videos.

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Fan celebrate the release of Sarkar in Kerala

Sarathkumar on Sarkar

"Wishing the entire team if Sarkar a grand success and a happy diwali #Thalapathy @ARMurugadoss @KeerthyOfficial @varusarath @sunpictures . #Sarkar," R Sarathkumar wrote on Twitter.

Sarkar performing well outside Tamil Nadu

Taran Adarsh shared on Twitter, "The hugely awaited #Tamil biggie #Sarkar, which opened today, has got fantastic showcasing outside Tamil Nadu as well. In Mumbai, for instance, the plexes have allotted 8, 9, even 11 and 12 shows every day, which is a rarity. The hype is truly tremendous.. #SarkarDiwali"

Sibiraj on Sarkar

Atlee on Sarkar

"#Sarkar mass &emotionally connected @actorvijay Anna Vera level mass👍👍👍@ARMurugadoss sir ur always an inspiration sir🙏 @arrahman awesome sir👏@KeerthyOfficial 👌super nanba @varusarath 👌Nanba @Lyricist_Vivek 👌Na @sunpictures thanks for the gr8 film 🙏 #IdhuDaanNammaSarkar," Atlee said via Twitter.

Arya on Sarkar

Arya tweeted, "Happy Diwali 🎉 🎉 May the festival of lights bring u and ur family loads of happiness and joy #SarkarDeepavali Wishing team #ThalapathyVijay anna @ARMurugadoss @varusarath @KeerthyOfficial @SunTV a huge success 💪💪💪 Have a lovely day"

Soori on Sarkar

Soori wrote on Twitter, "#Sarkar Vetripera valthukkal #Thalapathy @actorvijay anne @ARMurugadoss sir @KeerthyOfficial @varusarath @sunpictures and #sarkar team💐💐💐"

Anirudh Ravichander on Sarkar

Anirudh Ravichander posted on Twitter, "Wishing a blockbuster Diwali to @actorvijay sir, @ARMurugadoss Sir and team @sunpictures 🎉🎉 #Sarkar"

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Satish on Sarkar

"Best wishes to our #Thalapathy @actorvijay sir @ARMurugadoss sir @KeerthyOfficial @varusarath @sunpictures and #SARKAR team. Releasing today. Watch in theatres. #IdhuThalapathyDeepavali 💪💪," Sathish said via Twitter.

Udhayanidhi Stalin on Sarkar

Tamilrockers threatens to leak Sarkar

The Tamil Film Producers Council on Monday informed the exhibitors of Vijay starrer Sarkar that Tamilrockers has said that it would upload the HD version of the movie as early as Tuesday evening within hours of its release.

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GV Prakash Kumar on Sarkar

GV Prakash Kumar wrote on Twitter, "Best of luck team #sarkar 🔥🔥#sarkardiwali ... #thalapathy @actorvijay @arrahman @ARMurugadoss best wishes from team #watchman and thanks for the lovely response #WatchmanTeaser have a lovely Diwali #HappyDeepavali"

Vignesh Shivn on Sarkar

Filmmaker Vignesh Shivn tweeted, "#Thalapathy @actorvijay sir combining with the greatest in the industry @arrahman sir @ARMurugadoss sir, market giants @sunpictures &a super solid Cast&Crew is gonna make #Sarkar RULE & show some ginormous numbers at the Box-office! ALL RECORDS TO BE BROKEN🔥#HappyDiwali"

'Sarkar was one step above Mersal'

Suresh, a city based engineer who had come with his friends for the 4:30 am show, said, "Sarkar was one step above Mersal, and will be a sure shot success. No Diwali is complete without a Vijay film."

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar on Sarkar

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar posted on Twitter, "Get ready folks... idhu nammaaa #sarkar woohooooooo #SarkarDeepavali Happyy’s an emotional Diwali for me..6 yrs back #podaapodi released along with I’m in a #thalapathy @actorvijay movie with @ARMurugadoss so excited thank u God..!! @sunpictures"

PHOTOS: Vijay fans are ready for Sarkar

Fans gather in large numbers for Sarkar

Fans are screaming thalaiva thalaiva. They have been bursting crackers outside. Huge hoardings of Vijay are seen all over. It is drizzling and despite all this, the crowd is crazy.

Early morning shows of Sarkar

Rohini Theatre in Koyambedu and GK Cinemas in Porur were two cinema halls that had an early morning show of Sarkar. They had a show at 4.30 am, which was houseful.

Filmmaker Varun Rajendran accused director AR Murugadoss of copying the story of his movie Sengol. Murugadoss was dragged to court over the film's storyline, in which the protagonist becomes a victim of voter fraud and takes on the system to prevent election malpractice. However, Murugadoss opted for an out-of-court settlement.