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Sarkar Raj (2008)




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When Anita Rajan, CEO of Sheppard power plant, an International company, brings a power plant proposal to set up in rural Maharashtra before the Nagres, an insightful Shankar is quick to realize the benefits the power plant can bring to the people. After convincing Sarkar who is against it for various reasons, Shankar undertakes a journey along with Anita to the villages of Maharashtra to mobilize support of the masses. However, things are not what they seem to be, from shady fixers with an eye on multi-million kick-backs or wannabe Shankar's that are ready to incite millions of people against the highly controversial project in a state that is witnessing the worst of coalition politics. Shankar's dream project gradually becomes a political minefield and the evil forces mightier than ever mushroom and gang up to bring down the regime of Sarkar and obliterate Shankar's name from the political horizon.
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Sarkar Raj

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Sixty-five-year-old Amitabh Bachchan, India's vibrant and virile living legend, is riveting in nearly every film he does. But even a true fan's ardor is tested by the tedious political thriller, Sarkar Raj.

Full Review… | July 5, 2016
Hollywood Reporter
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Proves firmly that Bollywood can hold its own technically against its Western counterparts.

Full Review… | July 5, 2016
Times (UK)

Sarkar delivers a long monologue at the end of the film that explains what really happened: chiefly that the power plant was just a ruse for a power struggle. Too bad Varma didn't make that film.

Full Review… | July 5, 2016
Georgia Straight

Ram Gopal Varma's... reworking of The Godfather... delivers the casting coup of Bollywood's royal family %u2013 Amitabh Bachhan, his son, Abhishek, and Abhishek's wife, Aishwarya Rai %u2013 ... [but] the result is overwrought and cliched.

Full Review… | March 1, 2009
Miss FlickChick

This all-star concoction is as muddy as the Ganges and nowhere near as holy. Unless, of course, you're talking plot-holey.

Full Review… | June 11, 2008
Film Journal International

The combination of Ram Gopal Varma and the almighty Bachchan clan makes for an intense cinematic experience. Just don't go expecting any colourful Bollywood-esque song-and-dance numbers.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008

Audience Reviews for Sarkar Raj


Good stuff. Don't sleep on foreign cinema. Although this is an homage to the Godfather, foreign cinema seems to be getting better, as home grown flicks are content with the sad state of affairs that is the status quo.

Shamik Mitchell
Shamik Mitchell

Although an entertaining and engaging Indian tribute to "The Godfather", the terrible overuse of music to increase intensity and emphasis distracted from an already driven plot.

Chris Edwards
Chris Edwards

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