“Sarkar”… An efficient political platform that should have been a more effective movie

Posted on November 6, 2018


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sarkar-movie-review-vijay-murugadoss-keerthi-suresh-varalaxmi-sarathkumar/


his seems to be the year for NRIs plunging into the muck of Indian politics. We saw it in Bharat Ane Nenu. We saw it in NOTA. We see it in Sarkar (Authority), directed by AR Murugadoss (with a mile-long opening note acknowledging screenwriter and filmmaker Varun Rajendran, whose Sengol was apparently based on the same idea). Vijay plays a hot-shot tech CEO named Sundar Ramasamy — no relation, I presume, to Sanjay Ramasamy, that forgetful chap from that other Murugadoss movie — and people call him a “monster”. This isn’t about his appearance, of course. Trim away a few flecks of grey, and the fortysomething Vijay wouldn’t look out of place in a college. The monstrousness refers to Sundar’s appetite: he gobbles up companies and is always on the prowl for more prey. Indian corporates are terrified when they hear Sundar is coming back to Chennai. Is he going to have them for lunch?

No worries. Sundar just wants to cast his vote in the assembly elections. He cares about democracy. One would be happier if he cared similarly about his carbon footprint — he consumes tons of jet fuel in order to spend a few hours at home — but I guess nobody’s perfect. Besides, consider the fact that Sundar lands in India and heads to the voting booth even before visiting his family — that’s how committed he is to the electoral process. There, he discovers that someone else has voted in his name. Sarkar, which Murugadoss co-wrote with Jeyamohan, doesn’t waste much time in setting up its plot. There’s a song-and-dance in Las Vegas, to establish that Sundar’s world is filled with limos and incredibly fit backup dancers. And then, boom, we’re in Chennai. Even the heroine angle (with Keerthy Suresh) is handled smartly. Sundar already knows her, so there’s no distracting falling-in-love nonsense. Her name is a stroke of genius, given that her character has practically no gravity and is only asked to orbit the hero. It’s Nila.

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