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Sarkar - Honest Movie Review

To all you neutral fans and general audiences, expecting a ‘Thuppaki’ or ‘Kaththi’ from this blockbuster combo of Vijay-A.R. Murugadoss, I’m sorry to say that Sarkar might disappoint you. Pre-release problems are no alien to Vijay and his films, yet a problem occurred this time in form of an assistant director Varun Rajendran complaining against A.R.Murugadoss for plagiarism. After some sordid fights and moving to court, Murugadoss agreed for compensation and the movie had a 30-second slide thanking the assistant director.

Verdict - “A Huge Letdown!”

The storyline of Sarkar is about a wealthy CEO, Sundar Ramasamy nicknamed as ‘Corporate Monster’ returning to Chennai to cast his vote for Tamilnadu legislative assembly election, only to find that someone has already cast his vote. Disappointed by this felonious act he decides to fight back the corrupt politician Masilamani (Karuppaiah) and his political party. 

Okay, with that being the plot of the movie, I wondered why they went till High Court for such a simple and predictable story. They could have easily settled the matter among themselves. With so much pre-release hype created, I expected something different from A.R.Murugadoss but comparing  Sarkar with his previous two films starring Vijay, this is dull, dreary and an inferior piece of work.

I appreciate ARM for throwing light on a lesser know Indian Law, Section 49P in The Conduct of Elections Rules and educating the people about their Right to Vote. For me the problem was with the screenplay, I don’t know why but I couldn’t connect with the movie and the scenes, they lacked a punch and didn’t create much impact on me. I would also blame ‘Thalapathy’ Vijay for it, as he performed his role insufficiently. 

Remember the 'Kaththi' or 'Mersal' climax, where Vijay boldly criticizes the ruling government through his thought-provoking speech? That spark is long gone and he has gone back to the days of ‘Vettaikaran’. He has overdone certain scenes, with a lot of enthusiasm that it couldn’t register on the audience because of his displeasing expressions and body language. Also, the movie tried to parody the ruling government of Tamilnadu, as certain scenes could be related to some major political event that had happened. Even with that, they have failed unlike Director Anand Shankar’s ‘NOTA’ where he satirizes the Government with his well-written screenplay.

It is better to avoid a female lead right than just making them stand like a junior artist next to a hero. It was pathetic to watch Keerthy Suresh being wasted as her total screen time including a not-so-needed song was less than 10 minutes. Being a Rahmaniac, I felt A.R.Rahman’s songs and background score with Qutub-E-Kripa was mediocre. 

Without further whining, I would like to conclude by saying that ‘Thalapathy’ Vijay has started his political journey and Sarkar serves as the platform for it. Had A.R.Murugadoss worked more on the script, finely tuned it in a proper way and Vijay not overplayed his role, they could have repeated their magic.

Rating – 2.5/5 | Grade – C+

-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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