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This film starts out with a tasteful note from director Ram Gopal Varma stating how like many filmmakers today he has been heavily motivated and inspired by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece The Godfather and Sarkar is his tribute to Coppolla's great film. And a very powerful tribute it is. Sarkar tells the story of Subhash Nagre, known as Sarkar to most, and his family. Performances are top notch here. Amitabh Bachchan is the soul of the film. His screen presence as Sarkar is so powerful and very effective. On a side note, Bachchan's Sarkar isn't a mob boss. If anything he is more of a political figure who does what he feels is right irrespective of legal, moral or social issues. Abhishek Bachchan is also very good as the brooding son and eventual successor of Sarkar. Ram Gopal Varma has done an excellent job in adapting The Godfather and giving it a distinctive Indian flavour. Sarkar is definitely his best film yet. One particular thing I liked about his direction of this film is his extensive use of close-up of Amitabh and Abhishek who brilliantly express through their eyes. Overall, Sarkar is a well executed homage to Coppola's classic that is dense enough to stand out on its own and be noticed. A definite must see for all!
Going into this movie, I didnt have much expectations. I thought this would be yet another one of those movies that tries to revolve a history lesson around a love story. And that's what basically this was. BUT where this movie differed was the excellent dialogue and cinematography. The battle scenes were well shot and directed. Kinda reminded me of the battle scenes from "Gladiator" Shah Rukh Khan's performance was strong and the classic Shah Rukh touches (part when his head snaps, turns evil, ruthless) were great. And thank god he didnt act stupid like Salman Khan in Suryavanshi. Remember dat? Kareena was just Kareena..arrogant lil..she looked great tho. All in all, its a pretty good movie..worth watching twice. Better than Lagaan which treated history as a joke with the Cricket thing.