Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ram Gopal Varma|
|Produced by||Parag Sanghavi
Ram Gopal Varma
Kay Kay Menon
|Music by||Background Score:
|Editing by||Nitin Gupta
|Distributed by||K Sera Sera
|Running time||123 mins|
|Box office||400 million|
Sarkar (Hindi: सरकार, translation: Government, or colloquially to address someone of authority, a "political overlord") is a 2005 Indian dramatic thriller film set in the world of politics and crime, directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It stars Amitabh Bachchan in the title role alongside his real-life son, Abhishek Bachchan as the younger son, Shankar Nagre, along with Kay Kay Menon, Katrina Kaif, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak and Tanisha Mukherjee. set in the world of Indian politics. The film's sequel, Sarkar Raj, was released on 6 June 2008.
The film has generated much controversy due to the similarity between the lead character Sarkar, and the real-life politician Bal Thackeray. Various traits of Thackeray, such as apparent disrespect for the law, extreme charisma, and a god-like status within his cult of followers, were mimicked by Sarkar in the film.
Subhash Nagre (Amitabh Bachchan), who is known by his followers as Sarkar, lives in Mumbai. The opening scenes show a rape victim's father (Veerendra Saxena) approaching Sarkar (which is parallel to Amerigo Bonasera visiting Don Corleone in The Godfather for same reason) for justice (which the corrupt law and order system has failed to deliver) which Sarkar promptly establishes by having the rapist beaten up by his henchmen. His son, Vishnu (Kay Kay Menon), plays a sleazy producer who is more interested in the film actress Sapna (Nisha Kothari) than his wife Amrita (Rukhsar). Sarkar's other, more upright son, Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan), returns from the United States with his love Pooja (Katrina Kaif) after completing his education there. Pooja's doubts about Sarkar's image cause Shankar, who firmly believes in his father's righteousness, to break up with her later in the movie.
One day, a Dubai-based don, Rasheed (Zakir Hussain) tries to strike a deal with Sarkar; he promptly refuses on moral grounds and also forbids him from doing it himself. Rasheed tries to eliminate Sarkar's supremacy with the help of Selvar Mani (Kota Srinivasa Rao), Sarkar's former associate and Swami Virendra (Jeeva). Meanwhile, they trap Sarkar by assassinating a righteous, upright, Ahimsa political leader and an outspoken critic of Sarkar, Motilal Khurana (Anupam Kher). Everyone, including Vishnu believe that Sarkar is guilty but Shankar has deep faith in his father. Sarkar gets arrested. Shankar now takes over the position of Sarkar temporarily. On learning of a plot to murder his father in prison, he approaches the police commissioner (Anant Jog) who mocks him and his father besides not providing protection. By the time he reaches the prison and appropriate action is taken, the attempt on Sarkar's life is already made. Sarkar is later acquitted. He remains bedridden as Shankar takes on Sarkar's enemies. Meanwhile, Selva Mani, Swami and Rasheed try to convince Vishnu to murder Sarkar. Vishnu was previously thrown out of Sarkar's house because he had murdered the actor who was having an affair with Sapna. Vishnu returns home pretending to have repented. When he approaches Sarkar in the dark of the night with the intent of murdering him, Shankar foils his plan and later kills him (establishing justice by the way of his father). Shankar eliminates Rasheed and Selva Mani. He also succeeds in making Swami his puppet. Shankar has also realised that Chief Minister Madan Rathore (Deepak Shirke) also has a part in the attempt to end Sarkar and his rule. This results in legal action against the Chief Minister. The closing scenes show people approaching Shankar for justice and his father apparently retired.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Subhash Nagre (Sarkar)
- Abhishek Bachchan as Shankar Nagre
- Kay Kay Menon as Vishnu Nagre
- Katrina Kaif as Pooja (Mona Ghosh Shetty as the dubbing voice)
- Tanisha Mukherjee as Avantika
- Anupam Kher as Motilal Khurana
- Supriya Pathak as Pushpa Nagre
- Rukhsar as Amrita (Vishnu's wife)
- Ishrat Ali as Khansaab
- Raju Mavani as Vishram Bhagat
- Zakir Hussain as Rashid
- Kota Srinivasa Rao as Selvar Mani
- Ravi Kale as Chander
- Virendra Saxena as Girl's Father
- Anant Jog as Police Commissioner
- Deepak Shirke as Madan Rathod
- Carran Kapoor as a Hero in Vishnu's film
- Nisha Kothari as a Heroine in Vishnu's film
- Jeeva as Virendra Swami
- Mangal Kenkre as Shoba
- Saurabh Dubey as Pooja's Father
Commercial and critical reception
Sarkar was an above average success at the box office and was greeted very well by critics. Critics liked the way the movie indigenised The Godfather and introduced a political angle to it. The actors, particularly the trio of Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Kay Kay Menon, were lavished with praise for their controlled yet intense performances. Abhishek Bachchan in particular, was rewarded for his portrayal as a son who is inexperienced but enters an unknown world so as to save his father. He won the following awards:
- Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
- Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Male
- IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
The music of the film is composed by Bapi and Tutul. Lyrics are penned by Sandeep Nath.
|1.||"Deen Bandhu"||Sandeep Nath||Reeta Ganguli||4:36|
|2.||"Deen Bandhu Theme"||4:24|
|3.||"Govinda - Song"||Sandeep Nath||Amitabh Bachchan, Kailash Kher, Bapi, Tutul||2:59|
|4.||"Govinda - Trance"||Sandeep Nath||Bapi, Tutul, Janaki||3:25|
|5.||"Jitni Oochaeeyan"||Sandeep Nath||Krishna, Farhad||3:27|
|6.||"Mujhe Jo Sahi Lagta Hai"||Sandeep Nath||Amitabh Bachchan, Kailash Kher||3:03|
|7.||"Sam Dam Bhed"||Sandeep Nath||Kailash Kher||3:29|
|8.||"Shaher, Shaher Ke Hazaron Sawal"||Sandeep Nath||Kailash Kher||3:54|
|9.||"The Govinda Omen"||Sandeep Nath||Choir||1:58|
|10.||"The Want For Power"||Sandeep Nath||Krishna, Farhad, Prasana Shekhar||2:04|
A sequel titled Sarkar Raj was released on 6 June 2008 with Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan (who reprise their roles from the original) and new entrant Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Supriya Pathak, Tanisha Mukherjee and Ravi Kale also reappeared in their respective roles from Sarkar. The film released on 6 June 2008, was critically and commercially successful.
- Raja Sen (30 June 2005). "Sarkar is just Godfather, dumbed-down". Rediff.