Sarkar Raj - Notepad

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

A treat for Bachchan fans and an intense story for the non-believers. If you are mentally prepared for that noise the background music creates and the camera being held in the weirdest possible positions and angles, you can actually enjoy the drama despite all its flaws.



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Plot Summary

Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan), the local, self-appointed caretaker of the masses, is not ready to retire. And his son (Abhishek Bachchan) is ready to take over his responsibilities. Though their ideologies differ, they have a strong bond. Together they want to see a power plant built for the development of their state.

What Worked

  • Interestingly, Abhishek Bachchan was welcomed with more and louder whistles than Amitabh Bacchan or Aishwarya Rai. Aishwarya in fact received the coldest treatment from the audience.
  • It was interesting how Sarkar's birthday was given an Ambedkar Jayanti (birthday) feel.
  • Shankar sipping tea being used as a motif across movies.
  • The way Sarkar is shown being influenced and dominated by his son. Adds to the power the son exudes despite having minimal lines.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Thousands of crores profit in the first year - really!? For a plant that they don't even have the land for!?
  • I can understand a top-bottom camera angle for Sarkar, Shankar, and even the villains. But, for Avantika (Shankar's wife)? That's what makes me feel that these camera decisions are random and without specific purpose.
  • The way "BAD MAN" is written all over the villain's characters. Their demeanor, their makeup, reminded me of the one episode that I watched of a saas-bahu Ekta Kapoor soap, where the vamp is given a specific vicious grin.
  • What is it that convinces Sarkar that the power project is actually good?
  • What exactly was Shankar's problem with Chandar?
  • How could Shankar be so lax about his own security?!
  • The scenes of father-son bonding felt extremely cold and weird. There was so much potential for warmth and affection.


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Geez, why have them say the token "marathi" lines if they can't get the diction right!?
  • How come Sarkar's wife doesn’t visit Rao saaheb?
  • How come Sarkar's wife is serving tea and snacks to the guests when there are so many servants around. I understand it is possible, but it is also very unlikely.