|Directed by||Ram Gopal Varma|
|Produced by||Ram Gopal Varma|
|Written by||Manish Gupta|
|Screenplay by||Ram Gopal Varma|
Kay Kay Menon
Kota Srinivasa Rao
|Music by||Amar Mohile|
|Edited by||Nitin Gupta|
RGV Film Company
|Distributed by||K Sera Sera|
|Box office||₹400 million|
Sarkar (transl. Government) is a 2005 Indian Hindi-language political crime thriller film directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It is based on 1972's The Godfather. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan in the title role alongside Abhishek Bachchan as his younger son, along with Kay Kay Menon, Katrina Kaif, Tanisha Mukherjee, Supriya Pathak, Kota Srinivasa Rao, and Anupam Kher. It is the first installment of the Sarkar film series.
Sarkar Raj, released on 6 June 2008, and Sarkar 3, released on 12 May 2017, the film was archived at the American Academy of Motion Pictures library. The blockbuster film was premièred at the New York Asian Film Festival.
Subhash Nagre (Amitabh Bachchan), who is known by his followers as Sarkar, lives in Mumbai. The opening scenes show a rape victim's father (Veerendra Saxena) approaching Sarkar for justice (which the corrupt law and order system has failed to deliver), which Sarkar promptly establishes by having the rapist beaten up by his henchmen. His son Vishnu (Kay Kay Menon) plays a sleazy producer who is more interested in the film actress Sapna (Priyanka Kothari) than his wife Amrita (Rukhsaar Rehman). Sarkar's other, more upright son Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan) returns from the United States with his love Pooja (Katrina Kaif) after completing his education there. Pooja's doubts about Sarkar's image cause Shankar, who firmly believes in his father's righteousness, to break up with her.
One day, a Dubai-based don, Rasheed (Zakir Hussain), tries to strike a deal with Sarkar; he promptly refuses on moral grounds and also forbids him from doing it himself. Rasheed tries to eliminate Sarkar's supremacy with the help of Selvar Mani (Kota Srinivasa Rao), Sarkar's former associate, MLA Vishram Bhagat (Raju Mavani), and Swami Virendra (Jeeva). Meanwhile, they trap Sarkar by assassinating a righteous, upright, Ahinsa political leader and an outspoken critic of Sarkar, Motilal Khurana (Anupam Kher), and frame Sarkar for the murder. Everyone, including Vishnu, believes that Sarkar is guilty, but Shankar has deep faith in his father. Sarkar gets arrested and is imprisoned. Shankar now takes over the position of Sarkar temporarily. On learning of a plot to murder his father in prison, he approaches the police commissioner (Anant Jog) and asks him to arrange stronger security for his father, only for the commissioner to mock Shankar and his father beside not providing protection. Shankar gets a feeling that the police commissioner wants Sarkar to get murdered. Shankar and Khansaab (Ishrat Ali), one of Sarkar's men, try to ask Mani for help to prevent possible murder, but Mani ultimately betrays them when he reveals that he is in an alliance with Rasheed. Rasheed prepares to kill Shankar and Khansaab, but only Khansaab is killed when he decides to sacrifice himself for Shankar. By the time Shankar reaches the prison and appropriate action is taken, the attempt on Sarkar's life is already made. Sarkar is later acquitted. He remains bedridden as Shankar takes on Sarkar's enemies.
Meanwhile, Mani, Swami, Vishram, and Rasheed try to convince Vishnu to murder Sarkar. Vishnu was previously thrown out of Sarkar's house because he had murdered the actor who was having an affair with Sapna. Vishnu returns home pretending to have repented. When he approaches Sarkar in the dark of the night with the intent of murdering him, Shankar foils his plan and later kills him. Shankar eliminates Rasheed, Vishram, and Selvar Mani. He also succeeds in making Swami his puppet. Shankar has also realised that Chief Minister Madan Rathore (Deepak Shirke) was really behind everything; Rasheed and everyone else were merely pawns. This results in legal action against Rathore. The closing scenes show a woman approaching Shankar for justice to a fake encounter of her husband by the police and calling Shankar the Sarkar, while Subhash is busy with family.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Subhash Nagre (Sarkar)
- Abhishek Bachchan as Shankar Nagre
- Kay Kay Menon as Vishnu Nagre
- Supriya Pathak as Pushpa Nagre
- Katrina Kaif as Pooja
- Tanisha Mukherjee as Avantika
- Rukhsaar Rehman as Amrita (Vishnu's wife)
- Anupam Kher as Motilal Khurana
- Kota Srinivasa Rao as Selvar Mani
- Zakir Hussain as Rashid
- Raju Mavani as Vishram Bhagat
- Jeeva as Virendra Swami
- Deepak Shirke as Madan Rathod
- Anant Jog as Police Commissioner
- Ishrat Ali as Khansaab
- Saurabh Dubey as Pooja's father
- Ravi Kale as Chander
- Virendra Saxena as Girl's Father
- Karan Kapoor as a Hero in Vishnu's film
- Nisha Kothari as a Heroine in Vishnu's film
- Mangal Kenkre as Shoba
- Shivam Shetty as Bhushan
- Chintan Atul Shah as Cheeku (Sarkar's Grandson / Shivaji Nagre in Sarkar 3)
|Soundtrack album by |
Bapi-Tutul & Prasanna Shekhar
|Released||27 June 2005|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack of Sarkar consists of 10 songs composed by Bapi-Tutul & Prasanna Shekhar the lyrics of which were penned by Sandeep Nath.
|1.||"Deen Bandhu"||Sandeep Nath||Reeta Ganguly||4:36|
|2.||"Deen Bandhu Theme"||4:24|
|3.||"Govinda - Song"||Sandeep Nath||Amitabh Bachchan, Kailash Kher, Bapi, Tutul||2:59|
|4.||"Govinda - Trance"||Sandeep Nath||Bapi, Tutul, Janaki||3:25|
|5.||"Jitni Oochaeeyan"||Sandeep Nath||Krishna, Farhad||3:27|
|6.||"Mujhe Jo Sahi Lagta Hai"||Sandeep Nath||Amitabh Bachchan, Kailash Kher||3:03|
|7.||"Sam Dam Bhed"||Sandeep Nath||Kailash Kher||3:29|
|8.||"Shaher, Shaher Ke Hazaron Sawal"||Sandeep Nath||Kailash Kher||3:54|
|9.||"The Govinda Omen"||Sandeep Nath||Choir||1:58|
|10.||"The Want For Power"||Sandeep Nath||Krishna, Farhad, Prasana Shekhar||2:04|
Raja Sen of Rediff said that the film "had the potential to be Great. It turns out to be passable." Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama praised the movie saying that, "SARKAR is without doubt an interesting film. The story, its execution, the performances, the drama… The outcome leaves you spellbound." but criticized the slow pacing of the film and gave it a rating of 3.5 out of 5. William Thomas of Empire Online gave the film a rating of 4 out of 5 saying that, "Constructed with flair and crackling with intelligence, this is one of the most edgiest and grittiest releases to come out of Bollywood in years."
Abhishek Bachchan won the following awards for his performance: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Male, and IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor.
A Telugu remake, titled Rowdy was made replacing the background of Marathi politics with that of South Indian factionism. Veteran actor Mohan Babu reprised the role portrayed by Amitabh Bachchan while his son Vishnu Manchu reprised the role played by Abhishek Bachchan. Rowdy released on 4 April 2014 to positive reviews from critics but was a moderate commercial success, grossing approximately Rs 8 Crores in its full run.
A sequel titled Sarkar Raj was released on 6 June 2008 with Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan (who reprise their roles from the original) and new entrant Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Supriya Pathak, Tanisha Mukherjee and Ravi Kale also reappeared in their respective roles from Sarkar. The film released on 6 June 2008, was critically and commercially successful.
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