Sarkar Raj - External Reviews

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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33 reviewers have given Sarkar Raj an average rating of 3.6/5.0 (?)

22 yays
8 nays
3 so-so

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Thumbs down by Subhash K Jha, All Bollywood ...Varma cuts across the life and times of the Nagare family, slicing their emotions into messy portions of writhing anguish.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Amitabh Bachchan, the true boss of the film, steps out from the shadows in the second half when he literally rolls up his sleeves and keeps you riveted to the screen with his remarkably expressive performance... full review

Thumbs up by Razeen Shameem, ...Congrats to Ramu for getting the monkey off his back and salvaging his career!... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Daspurkayastha, Bollywood Mantra ...Aishwarya Bachchan is like never seen before. She has given her all time best.... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, Business of Cinema ...Paced and measured, Sarkar Raj takes us through the political doings and un-doings of the Nagre family with the constant dialectic of good vs. greed... full review

Thumbs up by Preeti Arora, Buzz18 ...Abhishek Bacchan is probably best suited to these kind of roles.... full review

Thumbs up by Hiral Sachde, DearCinema ...even Mrs. Rai Bachchan with her limited set of expressions does justice to her part but her larger than life persona only kills the climax.... full review

Thumbs up by Deep, Deep's Home ...I really liked the camera angles. .just way too good, the lights.. everything there was perfect.. awesome cinematography..... full review

Thumbs up by Shubra Gupta, Express India ...But the film does deliver some surprises, and that's why it's much better, and tauter, than the first... full review

So-So Filmiholic ...Maybe Ramu feels that these are the kind of villains Indian audiences want and expect in their movies, but I personally wouldn’t have minded a little more subtlety... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'souza, ...The background score by Debashish Mishra is commendable.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...How you hope this is Varma's last mistake. Because there have been enough.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...excessive talk seldom makes for exciting viewing... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...Besides its strong content, SARKAR RAJ has been filmed exceptionally well too.... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...the screenplay is moulded in the vein of the forerunner film when Shankar wages a political war against his opponents... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Aishwarya Rai looks great, performs well throughout.... full review

Thumbs up Intermission, The Bookeazy Blog ...It asks you to look a little deeper into the scenario. It urges you to take action about the corrupt and devilish politicians.... full review

Thumbs up by Amit R Agarwal, merinews ...Sarkar was more gripping, but Sarkar Raj has more meat; its only that it hasnt been written quite convincingly.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...The performances are like the fine thread that pulls everything together... full review

Thumbs up by Vijay, MovieWalah ...Some of the scenes and twists will leave you awestruck and will remind you of his genius... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Mumbai Mirror ...he's walked in to shoot with a strong material; one that largely honours creative intentions over mere effects and gimmickry... full review

Thumbs up ...Superb screenplay, classic close up cinematography and dynamic performance by every cast... full review

Thumbs down by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid, Passion for Cinema ...What a convoluted plot was planned and penned by RGV to create Sarkar Raj and to go into a spate of unhindered violence and callous uncensored darkness... full review

Thumbs up by Joxily John, Planet Bollywood ...Aishwarya Rai was just a shameless add on. The whole Anita-Shankar track seems terribly forced... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...Abhishek Bachchan has come of age from Refugee to Sarkar Raj... full review

So-So by Greatbong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...RGV asserts his directorial presence by making his camera snake about objects and dive below a seat where it waits till a few artistically apposite rays of light come in through the darkness... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ... if every single scene of a film drips with high drama, the impact is lost.... full review

Thumbs down ...Made worse by cliched dialogs ... the effete story just does not - and cannot - hold our interest.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Abhishek holds his own, though with a more filled-out character, he could have taken it to another level... full review

So-So by Pankaj Shukla, ...'Sarkar Raj' falls short of expectations that Ramu's fans had gathered since his 'Sarkar', but it's a much, much better than most of Ramu's recent films.... full review

Thumbs up by Kavita Ogale, Times Now ...This is a glorious showcasing of what the Bachchans are capable of when put together... full review

Thumbs down Upper Stall ...There are positives, if one looks through the chaos.... full review