Sarkar Raj – my view

Verdict: Blown Away.

Very few directors ever have understood the essence of The Godfather as has RGV (If you don’t know what/who RGV is, don’t bother even reading any further). Only a RGV could have understood the madness thats part of The FountainHead and made a Naach with it and only he could have made sense of The Godfather and made the Sarkar with it.

The driving line of The Godfather has always been “Its not personal. Its business“. But when Don Vito gets shot, its Michael that tells the consigliori that its all personal

For the second time he saw Michael Corleone’s face freeze into a mask that resembled uncannily the Don’s. “Tom, don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it’s personal as hell. You know where I learned that from? The Don. My old man. The Godfather. If a bolt of lightening hit a friend of his the old man would take it personal. He took my going into the Marines personal. That’s what makes him great. The Great Don. He takes everything personal. Like God….”

These line were according to me the real essence of The Godfather, and made the novel what it is. That, in spite of all the power and the mafia it was all family, all personal.

Sarkar was according to me a defining tribute to The Godfather. But Sarkar Raj definitely took the series to a new high. To the story if you are a RGV guy you will just about make sense of almost all of it by interval [Tssk, tssk, just try making comparisons of Sarkar and Sarkar Raj – you will know].

RGV understands the subtlety of film making – every shadow, every angle, the light, the effort it takes to build that minimalism. Frankly, I haven’t seen closeup shots being used as effectively as in this movie, nor have I seen any movie that has used so many of them. RGV never made any movie that had a great story to build up on but where he shines, where he is the real master of the skill is his screenplay – his ability to build that momentum, drag the audience through his storyboard, and all through the shots. This one too has flaws, no doubt – a weaker ending – too simple – and too many power packed dialogues and performers – but then, no complaints.

And what fine one this has been – amazing use of shadows & light – and no small credit to Amit Roy. I don’t remember a movie recently that had as much play of shadows & light as this – full marks to the cinematography. The sepia orange (or brown, is it?) tint of course adds weight to the proceedings.

Ramu is back with a bang (I’m yet to see Aag) – a resounding answer to all his detractors. Afterall, even a genius is allowed one mistake, ManiRatnam has his ‘Thiruda Thiruda’, RGV his ‘Aag’.


10 thoughts on “Sarkar Raj – my view

  1. I am running to the theater to get the ticket 🙂

    For me the defining part of Godfather was when Michael kills the cop in a restaurant, that was where he stamped his authority…

  2. @kunal
    you should. and please do post your review too!

    Well, for me was not exactly when Michael kills the cop, but when he says to Sonny, Clemenza, Tom and others that he would ‘take them’ down. That was Da moment 🙂

  3. Hi there

    Thank god , I found you. At least there is someone who got it.
    I was searching the net for the exact quote “Its all personal” and I came across your blog.
    you see, I am just aghast at so many people not getting the idea behind Sarkar Raj.
    People wanted to see Enron and Raj Vs Uddhav drama here, how can they forget that Sarkar is tribute to the classic Godfather (book) and not the dirty politics that is so common nowdays.

  4. @sagar: I think RGV should start paying me a commision.

    @pradip: Yeah I guess thats what happens when people dont read enough books 😀 The current political scenario was just a coincidence.

  5. a honest and compelling review. The true essence of Sarkar raj overshoots many people. There is subtlety in this movie which the aam movie goer fails to appreciate. This was a class in itself.

    And the use of lighting, black and white shots, close ups contributed to the compelling performance. Big B is a powerhouse of talent and RGV does well to get the best out of him.

    P.S. I found your blog very interesting and have blogrolled you 😉



  6. @rachit
    my pleasure.

    i guess ramu’s movies in general are a class in themselves until he decides to pander to his godlike ego. and yes about big b, true, very few films in the recent times have utilized him as much as did RGV’s.

    ah and thanks for blogrolling man. much appreciated.

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