Movie Review: Sarkar

RATING: 2.5/5

OVERVIEW: Sundar (Vijay) who is CEO of a global company in USA comes down to India to cast his vote in the polls, but he finds that his vote has already been cast by some other person. Sundar takes legal course to stop the counting process till he gets the chance to vote again. Due to his action, the newly elected government is stalled to take the charge in office. A series of incidents provoke him to launch a party to fight in the polls.Will Sundar succeed in bringing change in the state?

REVIEW: Vijay as Sundar is superb. He performed well in emotional sequences with superb intensity and his body language is additional advantage. Keerthi Suresh doesn’t have much to perform but is good in the limited time. Varu Sarath Kumar is terrific in her role. Yogi Babu succeeds in generating few laughs. Radha Ravi is good. Tulasi has done good job. All other actors are new to Telugu and they performed well in their screen time.

The story of Sarkar is unique but screenplay goes for a toss in the second half. Dialogues are well written. Songs composed by AR Rahman are good. He did a fantastic work in composing background score and elevated the proceedings to the next level. Cinematography by Girish Gangadharan is nice. Editing by Srikar Prasad is okay. Ram – Lakshman duo has choreographed very stylish action sequences.

Production values by Sun Pictures are top notch as a lot of money has been spent to make the film look politically perfect. AR Rahman’s music is one of the most disappointing works of his in recent times. Not even one song makes sense but he covers it up with a decent background score. Editing is below par as close to ten minutes of action sequences could have been chopped off. Dialogues are good and the dubbing done is perfect.

Coming to the director Murugadoss, he has made the film keeping the Tamil audience and Vijay’s fans in mind. He has showcased Vijay in a stunning manner and got the first half right. But he falters in the second half where the film does not have proper flow and becomes a routine game of politics which you might have seen in many Telugu movies.

Final verdict of the film is Sarkar is a routine political thriller which banks heavily on the screen presence and charisma of superstar Vijay. His performance is the highlight as he carries the entire film on his shoulders. Vijay’s fans will love the film but for the Telugu audience, there is nothing new that the film showcases as it lacks basic entertainment.

                                                  _Panchajanya