Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Producer: Ram Gopal Varma, Parag Sanghavi
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Supriya Pathak, Rukshar, Katrina Kaif, Tanisha, Anupam Kher,
Music: Amar Mohile, Kunal Mehta, Pariksht Lalwani, Anup Dev
Cinematography: Amit Roy
Sarkar is inspired by Mario Puzo's literary classic THE GODFATHER. However the film is only inspired from the novel and not copied frame by frame. Ram Gopal Varma's film Sarkar is very Mumbaiyya and very original in its own way. Sarkar is without doubt an interesting film. The story, its execution, the performances, the drama, everything about it is excellent. The opening of the movie is gripping where a hapless father (Virendra Saxena), whose daughter has been raped while the rapist acquitted by the law, goes to Sarkar for help. The daughtercommits suicide. Subhash Nagre (Amitabh Bachchan) Sarkar, the man who rewrites the law instructs his trusted lieutenant (Ravi Kale) to take the rapist to task. He has two sons Vishnu (Kay Kay Meon) and Shankar (Abhishek). Vishnu goes astray, joining with the baddies, while Shankar is a foreign-returnee. Sarkar warns drug-trafficker Mastan to check his drug trade, which is a social evil. His enemies increase. On the family front, Vishnu becomes a big problem in the family. His lust for a film actress makes him emotional and he murders the girl's co-star in a fit of jealousy. Sarkar refuses to shield his son. He takes refuge with Sarkar's enemies ? Selva Mani (Kota), Rasheed and Mastan. The stage so set, the opposition leader (Anupam Kher) is murdered by the rival gang. But, Sarkar is suspected and put in police custody. Shankar comes to know the ugly realities. He survives an attack on his life; and saves Sarkar from an assassination attempt in the jail. Back home, Shankar kills his own brother Vishnu, who attempts to kill his own father Sarkar. The honest son is on the revenge spree, kills all, and destabilizes the government for a mid-term poll. All for his dad! The ending of the movie is very powerful. Sarkar waves to the crowds from the terrace, and the power behind Sarkar, i.e. Shankar sips the tea. Shankar takes over the parallel government which his father used to run earlier. And the rule of Sarkar continues. On the face of it, SARKAR may resemble a political heavyweight's life story, but it isn't. It is the story of just, goodness, right verses wrong, the relationship between father and his son. The start and the end of the film is excellent but the story drags a bit in the middle. The narrative unravels at a relaxed pace, which might not appeal to many. Performance wise Amitabh Bachchan has shown why he is still the best actor this country has produced. He gives soul to the character of Sarkar. Abhishek Bachchan gets more scope in the post-interval portions and the actor handles his part with flourish. Kay Kay Menon is another actor who never fails to register an impact. Zakir is excellent. Rest of the cast lend able support. The background score is another area where the film works big time. The score elevates the situations considerably. Cinematography is fantastic. Dialogues as well as sound effects are of standard. On the whole, this film is worth a watch.