The long awaited sequel to Sarkar and Sarkar Raj finally reached our theatres last Friday and I was able to see it yesterday after sacrificing my siesta for an inconveniently timed matinee show. The inconvenience however was worth it and I came away satisfied with the outing.
Caveat, while this movie can be seen on a stand alone basis, it is better that viewers see the earlier two films of the franchise to follow the thread that otherwise can be a bit confusing. Somewhat like seeing the Godfather III without having seen the earlier two in the series.
Amitabh Bachhan expectedly produces a very professional and impressive performance and is ably supported by a remarkable cast. Prior to going to see the film, I had not noticed that Yami Gautam was also in it and was very pleasantly surprised to see her in it though her role is peripheral to the main story and almost a cameo one. My readers will recollect my writing about her in my review of Kaabil.
I did not have great expectations from Amit Sadh, having seen him earlier in Kai Po Che and Sultan, but in this film, he has produced a remarkable performance. Not an easy task considering the calibre of the rest of the cast.
Ram Gopal Verma’s direction is up to his usual skilful tricks with light and sound. He effectively brings out the darkness surrounding the theme. Some exaggeration in depicting Manoj Bajpayee and Jackie Shroff can be forgiven given the characters that they portray.
A good entertaining film to watch during a warm afternoon when the air conditioning makes you forget the heat outside. And, Shackman, I did not have popcorn, but did indulge in a couple of samosas during the intermission.
Phew! What a film!! If you can see it, don’t miss it.
I had seen the trailer for this film when I had gone to see Talvar. I was intrigued to see some very powerful acting from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Irrfan Khan and had decided to see the full film on release and duly went earlier this afternoon to our favourite theater just ten minutes driving distance from our homes.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Shabana Azmi and Jackie Shroff also putting in appearances and what with some excellent direction from Sanjay Gupta, excellent camerawork and editing, it was a very satisfying outing.
Aishwarya and Shabana put in stellar performances as mothers with their own agendas and the way the story takes a surprising twist towards the end enables their histrionic skills to get showcased. There is a bit of current topicality by including female foeticide to explain Aishwarya’s single status, which too sends a message. On the other hand, Irrfan who was half inspiration for my decision to see the film was under utilised and his role could have been expanded to get more out of his presence in the film. Jackie Shroff’s is more or less a cameo role and he carries it off with aplomb.
The theme of rape and the justice system with some very critical observations about the police department adds spice to the narrative but the latter could well have been left alone as it did not contribute in any way to the story.
Despite that little negative criticism, I have no hesitation in giving the film a [rating=5] rating mostly for the remarkable performances from the two female leads.
I understand that the film is an adaptation of a Korean film Seven Days, and I intend exploring possibilities of getting that on DVD to compare. If I succeed, I shall write a comparison review here in my blog.