You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sarkar Raj

Ram Gopal Varma's "Sarkar Raj" is a dark, intense but finally underwritten "King Lear" riff whose strongest card is the screen clout of Bollywood's de facto royal family, the Bachchans, in the lead roles.

With:
With: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Tanisha, Govind Namdeo, Rajesh Shringarpore, Victor Banerjee, Sayaji Shinde, Ravi Kale, Supriya Pathak.

Playing almost like a moral footnote rather than a full narrative sequel to 2005’s “Godfather”-like “Sarkar,” Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar Raj” is a dark, intense but finally underwritten “King Lear” riff whose strongest card is the screen clout of Bollywood’s de facto royal family, the Bachchans, in the lead roles. This tale of the power struggle around a planned power plant in rural Maharashtra state performed well on June release.

Repping a multinational corporation behind the $2 billion project, power-dressed exec Anita (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) pays a visit to veteran power broker Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan) — “a gangster in the guise of a leader” — to gain his support in evacuating 40,000 villagers from the proposed site. Sarkar, 60, who’s just anointed his son, Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan), as his successor, is eventually persuaded the plant is good for the region, but he, too, must convince local leader Rao (Dilip Prabhawalkar) to prevent an outbreak of gang warfare. Impressively lensed in ochreish chiaroscuro, with a portentous score, the pic flirts with the issues, but its dialogue lacks weight, and part two seems padded. As with several Varma pics, there are no musical numbers.

Sarkar Raj

India

Production: An Adlabs presentation of a Z Picture Co., K Sera Sera production. (International sales: Eros Intl., London.) Produced by Praveen Nischol, Ram Gopal Varma. Directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Screenplay, Prashant Pandey; story, Varma.

Crew: Camera (Fujicolor, widescreen), Amit Roy; editors, Nipun Gupta, Amit Parmar; music, Amar Mohile; music directors, Bappi-Tutul [cq]; art director, Sunil Nigvekar; costume designer, Urmila Motwani. Reviewed at PiFan Film Festival (Off the Fantastic), Bucheon, South Korea, July 24, 2008. Hindi dialogue. Running time: 125 MIN. (I: 58 MIN.; 67 MIN.)

With: With: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Tanisha, Govind Namdeo, Rajesh Shringarpore, Victor Banerjee, Sayaji Shinde, Ravi Kale, Supriya Pathak.

More Film

  • Joanna Vargas, Facialist, Opens Los Angeles

    Meet Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas, Who Has 'About 30' Starry Clients for Oscars

    Playing almost like a moral footnote rather than a full narrative sequel to 2005’s “Godfather”-like “Sarkar,” Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar Raj” is a dark, intense but finally underwritten “King Lear” riff whose strongest card is the screen clout of Bollywood’s de facto royal family, the Bachchans, in the lead roles. This tale of the power […]

  • Mens Red Carpet Fashion Roundup

    Time to Suit Up: Hollywood’s Men Hit the Refresh Button on Red Carpet

    Playing almost like a moral footnote rather than a full narrative sequel to 2005’s “Godfather”-like “Sarkar,” Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar Raj” is a dark, intense but finally underwritten “King Lear” riff whose strongest card is the screen clout of Bollywood’s de facto royal family, the Bachchans, in the lead roles. This tale of the power […]

  • Guillermo del Toro Shape of Water

    Foreign-Born Talent Finds a Welcome Place in Entertainment

    Playing almost like a moral footnote rather than a full narrative sequel to 2005’s “Godfather”-like “Sarkar,” Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar Raj” is a dark, intense but finally underwritten “King Lear” riff whose strongest card is the screen clout of Bollywood’s de facto royal family, the Bachchans, in the lead roles. This tale of the power […]

  • Blade Runner 2049 Harrison Ford

    Sound Is 50% of the Movie, but Hollywood is Often Tone-Deaf

    Playing almost like a moral footnote rather than a full narrative sequel to 2005’s “Godfather”-like “Sarkar,” Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar Raj” is a dark, intense but finally underwritten “King Lear” riff whose strongest card is the screen clout of Bollywood’s de facto royal family, the Bachchans, in the lead roles. This tale of the power […]

  • Guadalajara -- 2018 -- Ibero-American Fiction

    A First Look at Guadalajara Film Festival's Ibero-American Fiction Competition Selection

    Playing almost like a moral footnote rather than a full narrative sequel to 2005’s “Godfather”-like “Sarkar,” Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar Raj” is a dark, intense but finally underwritten “King Lear” riff whose strongest card is the screen clout of Bollywood’s de facto royal family, the Bachchans, in the lead roles. This tale of the power […]

  • Dragonkeeper Concept Art Final

    ‘Dragonkeeper,' 'Chandasma,' 'Another Day of Life' Set for Cartoon Movie

    Playing almost like a moral footnote rather than a full narrative sequel to 2005’s “Godfather”-like “Sarkar,” Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar Raj” is a dark, intense but finally underwritten “King Lear” riff whose strongest card is the screen clout of Bollywood’s de facto royal family, the Bachchans, in the lead roles. This tale of the power […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content