Sarkar 3 Review: Ramu's lacklustre attempt to lean on Big B to save his dwindling career

Here's our movie review of Amitabh Bachchan's Sarkar 3 directed by Ram Gopal Varma.
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Can a superstar be enough to save a plot-less film? Baritone, enigma and sometimes the towering personality of a certain legend can also fall short to create a memorable film. Sarkar 3 dares to be a follow up to a franchise that commands respect. Ram Gopal Varma’s lukewarm sequel to the bombastic film feels dreary, and establishes the inevitable truth – it’s the end of the road for this misguided genius. He camouflages the deeply dramatic human drama about politico/mafioso Subhash Nagre with what at best could be called fluff.  Its sense of familiarity is the most comforting thing about the film but 12 years on, a lot has changed in the film. The deterioration in its quality of actors, being foremost. And then there is the question, what does this installment do for the franchise? The answer is ZILCH. Neither does the story go forward nor is there anything happening which we haven’t seen. By design, the film is a remake of the first Sarkar.

It gotta count for something that anyone who watches the film is bound to miss Kay Kay Menon and even Abhishek Bachchan. Under able hands, these were actors who held the film in good stead, layering it with the necessary grit. The magnanimous Subhash Nagre and his tumultuous relationship with his estranged grandson comes way too much TV soap-like drama. The blaring music plays as much a spoilsport as Amit Sadh who fails to match up to what is expected of him. His insurmountable love and hatred for Subhash seems too flimsy to buy and his power hungry games a little too convenient.

In an attempt to make a masterpiece, Ramu manages to scrape through and make a barely watchable film. It could be labeled a tribute to Bollywood’s thunderous thighs, as it features a pair per alternate scene, regardless of its requirements. There are a host of unnecessary villains – played well by Manoj Bajpayee and Jackie Shroff but the vibe of it feels redundant. 

Ramu of Satya, Company, and Sarkar returns to his genius in bits but never assumes the aura of his old self in full glory. The palace politics lacks the nuanced approach he’d taken the first time around. Maybe the tapestry has run thin, even worse if his talent has. The plot twists are evident from a distance and drama, over-drama and too much of it gets tedious by the interval. Then one is left to appreciate finer things – dialogues, which are wickedly written, the light and shadow show which says more than words can express. The camerawork is flaky but nevertheless, it works. As far as the actors go, do you fault a Manoj Bajpayee or Jackie Shroff? They are top notch. Ronit Roy is adequately evil. His outburst scene with Bachchan is one stellar show. 

But the actresses are meted out sparse roles with no meat. It almost makes you feel bad for Yami Gautam who consistently handed down scant parts despite being a consistent performer all through. She ain’t a bad actor either. That isn’t fair or lovely! You can still warranty that Supriya Pathak wasn’t required to do much as per the material at hand. 

Banking solely on the gravitas of Bachchan, Ramu mounts the film – his silences are haunting, his words are lethal and truly that’s the best part about this film. Everything else sticks to the periphery. 

We rate the movie a 50% on the Pinkvilla Movie Meter. 

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Ramu had it coming!

woa. Harsh review! oh boy

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