Sarkar 3 quick review: Ram Gopal Varma treats this painful film like an amateur

Renil Abraham

May,11 2017 21:38:02 IST

Ram Gopal Varma's last Hindi film was Veerappan. And his recent few films (Attack, Bhoot Returns, Not a Love Story and Department), haven't struck a chord with audiences (I'm being polite). He also has a rather colourful (being polite again) presence on Twitter.

So I had my reservations about Sarkar 3. Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee's face seems to be the most reassuring thing at this point.

I walked into theatres hoping he had changed for the better, or rather I wished he did, in all this time. The good news is, he did change; but for the worse.

Amitabh Bachchan in Sarkar 3

Amitabh Bachchan in Sarkar 3

Sarkar 3 has a wide ensemble cast that includes some of the best actors we have in the country right now (Ronit Roy was the best thing about Kaabil, and there's Bajpayee natural flair for drama), but this movie is just difficult to watch right from the beginning.

RGV treats Sarkar 3 like an amateur director who wants to show every possible thing that he thinks he can do.

Every scene has about seven angles to it and all of them are annoying. The background music begins to get to you so much so that the awful dialogues seem bearable. The whole movie has a dark sepia tone to it which acts like a catalyst for sleep.

If only Ram Gopal Varma would spend some time working on his directorial abilities instead of tweeting.

Sarkar 3 is also a tribute to the director's obsession with female thighs. Every frame that has a young woman in it has angles which focuses only on her thighs.

There are also moments when the camera moves from a close up of a person who is alone, to a wide frame with suddenly multiple people popping up behind. This 'technique' been used many times in the movie to induce some kind of shock value, but it gets so repetitive that it looks silly.

I knew Ram Gopal Varma had a thing for obscure camera angles, but this was a bit much.

By the interval point, I can guarantee you will want run out of the theatre.

Amit Sadh plays the role of Shivaji, who comes to the setting as Sarkar's grandson and wants to take the position of Ronit Roy as Sarkar's right hand. But Shivaji is instinctive and his intentions aren't in alliance with Sarkar's ways of work.

What follows is a web of events, which unfold inanely one after another, without any sort of purpose.

While there are several good performers in the movie (Amit Sadh can emote), the material in their hands was so bad that they looked like they were lost. For example, he makes Yami Gautam wear sunglasses in every frame. (And you thought this film would be bereft of RGV antics. Nope.)

Amitabh Bachchan holds his own (no surprises there), while Jackie Shroff — who was supposed to be a ruthless, emotionless don — ends up being comical in some scenes. I wonder what RGV was smoking when he wrote Shroff's dialogues. At one point he says (channeling his inner ruthlessness), "I don't like women with a heart".

You know how sometimes, a movie sounds great on paper, but when it comes to executing it onto the big screen, something falls short? Well, Sarkar 3 is not that. This film seemed doomed from the start.

(Watch out for Anna Vetticad's full movie review on Friday, 12 May)


Published Date: May 11, 2017 21:38 PM | Updated Date: May 11, 2017 23:59 PM