Thanks To Mr Bachchan’s Rousing Performance Ram Gopal Varma Returns To Form – Subhash K Jha Reviews Sarkar 3

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Amit Sadh, Manoj Bajpai, Ronit Roy, Yami Gautam

Directed by Ram Gopal Varma

It is easy to see the third instalment of Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar franchise as an unnecessary carryover of a saga that has lost its relevance and sheen. But Sarkar 3 rises far above the wasteland of a stagnant crime-drama to give us an insight into a life of outlawry that is richly layered with blood and drama.

Bal Thackeray is dead. Long live Bal Thackeray. In Amitabh Bachchan’s persona – steely, gritty, imperturbable, granite-hard and yet malleable and vulnerable – the Thackeray doppelganger is uncanny. The walk, the talk and the ability to walk that talk to places where the dialogue writer would never have imagined…Take a bow, Mr B. They don’t make ‘em like you anymore.

It takes courage to build one more plot around that formidable and imposing figure

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