Sarkar Raj is a 2008 Indian crime film co-written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It is the sequel to Sarkar (2005). The primary cast features three members of the Bachchan family – Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who appear together for the first time in a film after Aishwarya and Abhishek’s marriage. The film released on June 6, 2008. Supriya Pathak, Tanisha Mukherjee and Ravi Kale also reprised their respective roles from Sarkar.
There were false speculations that the film’s story has been adapted from the Enron issue, due to its premise of development politics. Debutante Rajesh Shringarpore’s character of Sanjay Somji was also reportedly based on Raj Thackeray, the estranged cousin of political leader Bal Thackeray; thus furthering the general viewpoint that the series is based on Bal Thackeray and his family. This movie is originally written, unlike its prequel.
The film is set two years after the original film, Sarkar. When Anita Rajan (Aishwariya Rai Bachchan), CEO of an international firm, brings the Nagres a power plant proposal to set up in rural areas of Maharashtra, Subhash Nagre (Amitabh Bachchan) visits Thakurwadi (a rural area in that state) to seek permission for the plant from his mentor, Rao Saab. The Westernized and business-suited Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan) who is now Sarkar (a title essentially meaning “Overlord”), and that he has legitimately taken his father’s place is quick to realize the plant’s benefits, which
will nonetheless require the relocation of over 40,000 people in five villages.
After convincing his father, Shankar, along with Anita, visits the villages to mobilize support or the plant. However, things are not what they seem to be. From shady fixers with an eye on multi-million kickbacks to political firebrands ready to incite people against the controversial project, Shankar’s dream gradually becomes a nightmare of infighting, betrayal, bribery and kidnapping. Shankar loses his pregnant wife Avantika (Tanisha). Shankar is shot by a traitor during a short-lived love angle with Anita. The film then deals with the original Sarkar, Subhash Nagre avenging his son’s death through ruthless politicking and brutal arrogance.
It ends with Anita Rajan getting involved in managing Sarkar’s affairs, much the same way as his son Shankar did. Sarkar is shown asking for his young grandson to be brought to Mumbai as he feels the need for someone to carry on the mantle.
Reviewers have given the movie various labels, ranging from average to superb. Some reviewers said that it could not recreate the Sarkar magic, with others saying it was eons better than its prequel and took the series to a whole new level. Most agreed that it was a good comeback for Ram Gopal Verma, whose last few movies had been labelled as ‘pathetic’ by critics and viewers alike. There was unanimous praise for the relevant premise of development politics, the many plot twists and the histrionics of Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Rajesh Shringarpore, Ravi Kale and, to an extent, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. However, her underplayed role, alongwith the caricaturish portayal of the three villains, the undeveloped and short-lived love angle between Shankar and Anita and the loud and garish background score; have not gone down too well with critics.
- Amitabh Bachchan… Subhash Nagre a.k.a. Sarkar
- Abhishek Bachchan… Shankar Nagre
- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan… Anita Rajan
- Tanisha Mukherjee… Avantika Nagre
- Ravi Kale… Chander
- Victor Banerjee…Mike Rajan
- Supriya Pathak… Pushpa Subhash Nagre
- Dilip Prabhavalkar…Rao Saab
- Rajesh Shringarpore…Sanjay Somji
- Govind Namdeo…Hassan Qazi
- Sayaji Shinde…Karunesh Kaanga
- Upendra Limaye…Kantilal Vora
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