Sarkar Raj – Worth Missing

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You have to give veteran Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma credit for consistency.

After all, how many other Bollywood directors can you count on to unfailingly deliver one mediocre movie after another.

In his latest work Sarkar Raj, the dependably stupid Ram Gopal Varma once again delivers the goods – yet another boring dud.

Sarkar Raj featuring Bollywood’s first family (Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan) is a mediocre sequel to Ram Gopal Varma’s unimpressive Godfather-inspired 2005 gangster flick Sarkar.

Even after two decades in the film industry and 20 films under his belt, Sarkar Raj director Ram Gopal Varma is all at sea in the Bollywood ocean, rowing his way without the tiniest paddle of talent.

For a movie featuring a gangster theme and its inherent violence, Sarkar Raj is not a chilling movie but a boring movie.

A good gangster movie needs plenty of blood and gore, a strong, gripping story and intense performances by the dramatis personae (Think Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Viggo Mortensen or Denzel Washington).

Written by some deservedly-unknown fella called Prashant Pandey, Sarkar Raj completely fails in the story department.

Made worse by cliched dialogs (e.g. All My Life, I did what I thought was right; I lived life on my terms; I was never afraid of anyone), the effete story just does not – and cannot – hold our interest.

Powerful Hollywood gangster movies like Godfather, Scarface or the more recent Eastern Promises (featuring Viggo Mortensen in an intense performance) and American Gangster terrify us, shock us and ultimately thrill us by their raw, savage violence woven into beautiful, captivating tales and performed by talented artistes under the aegis of master directors.

True gangster movies have a velocity that your love stories or comedies will never have. There’s just no velocity in Sarkar Raj, the movie is all flat. Yes, that includes a flat performance by the flat-chested Aishwarya Rai.

Neither fish nor fowl, Sarkar Raj is an equilateral triangle with gangster violence, politics and corporate greed representing the three sides.

In Sarkar Raj, Amitabh Bachchan returns as Subhash Nagre, the aging Sarkar, a parallel seat of authority and violent gangster. How you view Subhash Nagre depends upon your perspective.

In the eponymous prequel, Sarkar had to bear the agony of losing one of his sons but had the joy of seeing another son Shankar Nagre (Abhishek Bachchan) evolve into a junior Sarkar.

Sarkar Raj, the sequel movie has a loose core around the efforts by a foreign company Sheppard Corporation to set up a power plant in a rural area of Maharashtra called Thakkarwadi.

Shepherding the power plant through the byzantine corridors of Maharashtra politics is its young Indian chief Anita Rajan (Aishwarya Rai). See shades of Enron’s ill-fated Dabhol power plant in Maharashtra and its hard-charging Indian chief Rebecca Mark? So did we.

All events in Sarkar Raj seem to flow from the power plant until the director blandly reveals in the end that all is not what it seems. Voila, for a flat surprise!

Hailed as one of India’s finest actors (but just average, truth be said), the 65-year-old Amitabh Bachchan represents a generation that came of age in the 1970s but is now clinging to a thin vine by their fingernails in the face of the arrival of a large crop of younger actors like Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan et al.

If Amitabh Bachchan is just so-so in Sarkar Raj, his younger co-stars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai (husband and wife in real life) are pathetically unequal to the task of acting.

Watching Abhishek Bachchan or Aishwarya Rai on the big screen is a depressing spectacle, a Karmic punishment for movie lovers.

Hopelessly incompetent as actors, these two lazy slobs don’t seem to make the slightest effort in learning the art, craft and nuances of acting. Aishwarya Rai hopes to bamboozle viewers with her luminous beauty and Abhishek Bachchan with his last name (he is Amitabh Bachchan’s son in real life).

In a pivotal scene in Sarkar Raj, when Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan) is shot by a hitman, the duo Abhishek-Aishwarya deliver a shoddy performance that should make them the laughing stock of movie goers for eternity. In fact, some members of the audience were openly laughing at Aishwarya’s substitution of contortion for acting.

In a career marked by mostly bad performances from Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, this was just a new nadir.

Photography and music (thankfully, there’s not much in Sarkar Raj) are pedestrian.

Much of the film is shot in soft lighting, a lot in shadows, with chants of Govinda, Govinda echoing in the background. Bizarre.

Mercifully in Sarkar Raj there are no comedy sideshows (a staple of Indian movies) involving Rajpal Yadav or Johnny Lever. True, these are small mercies in Sarkar Raj but hey, we’ll take any.

One big gripe: Sarkar and Anita should have also been knocked off in Sarkar Raj to spare us the worry about Ram Gopal Varma unleashing another ugly sequel. But the cruel sadist does not oblige and so we live in dread at the thought of seeing Sarkar III in 2011 or 2012.

Sarkar Raj is not the stinking rubbish that Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag was but just a shade better. 

46 Responses to "Sarkar Raj – Worth Missing"

  1. jd_devil   June 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    whoever wrote this review seems to be totally biased against indian cinema. Responds:

    Far from it. We are actually doing Indian cinema a service.

  2. araj   June 8, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    “Much of the film is shot in soft lighting, a lot in shadows, with chants of Govinda, Govinda echoing in the background. Bizarre…..”

    Sometime in 2005, I borrowed a pirated copy of the prequel ‘Sarkar’ from my friend and watched it on my desktop. This ‘Govinda’ ‘Govinda’ background chant was used profusely in the ‘Sarkar-I’ as well and I felt it so misplaced that I seriously believed the chant somehow erroneously crept into the CD while making a copy of the original. I pretty well remember asking my friend “It was actually a recording fault? wasn’t it? RGV isn’t such a fool, is he?” and my friend thought I was joking. When I was finally convinced that RGV indeed used the chant as the background ‘noise’, I exactly felt what you’d felt; bizarre. However, this ‘Govinda’ ‘Govinda’ chant has a story you, non-telugu guys, are unaware of. If you didn’t know already, RGV is basically a telugu guy and he made a movie called ‘Govinda- Govinda’ in telugu sometime back in 90s starring Nagarjuna and Sridevi. It’s the story of a youth who rescues the golden crown of Lord Balaji stolen by a Thai sorcerer with the help of the almighty Lord himself, who actually possesses a kid to help out the hero in the climax. In fact, this background score ‘Govinda’ Govinda’ belongs to this movie and you would hear it whenever the hero is in a dilemma and during the chase sequences. The making of this film was ridden with obstacles for RGV as, first, TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devsthanam) denied permission to the director to shoot the film on Tirumala Hills since consenting a film-shoot on the Tirumala hills was considered blasphemous, second, when the film was finally made, it was a flop. Something snapped inside RGV and he vowed never to shoot a film in his mother tongue (Telugu) again for he believed Telugu audience were not yet tuned to his form of artistic sensitivity (Alas, as a matter of fact, the primary qualification to shoot a movie for Telugu audience is that you should not possess any form of sensitivity). Until I heard ‘Govinda’ ‘Govinda’ again in Sarkar, I didn’t realize how intensely nostalgic Varma feels about his last film in his mother tongue and how impudently self-obsessive he is so as to attach such a farcical background score to a Mafia flick. However, I felt even a snob like Varma would sure realize how horribly out of place that tune was in Sarkar in time. But I was proved totally wrong and it is indeed flabbergasting to realize that Varma, in fact, felt so good about affixing the tune to the first installment of his pseudo-godfather that he actually repeated it in the second!!! I believe, changing a man (or an Indian filmmaker) must be one of the most difficult things in this world.

    Note: I haven’t watched Sarkar Raj. But ‘Sarkar’ was so bad that I thought Varma must have made the film with a 20 page screenplay or wrote one on the sets. Responds:

    Bravo! Now we understand the rationale behind Ram Gopal Varma’s bizarre antics.

  3. zapper911   June 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    whoever wrote this review doesn’t understand the pulse of indian cinema and its audience
    amitabh bachan delivers an exceptional performance while abhishek and aishwarya were pretty good
    its a good movie and definitely worth watching…specially the last 20-25 minutes of the movie are easily worth the money watching amitabh take centrestage and just turn the plot on its head
    so instead of blasting a movie just for the sake of it…please stop giving movie reviews!!! Responds:

    You write above: amitabh bachan delivers an exceptional performance while abhishek and aishwarya were pretty good

    Abhishek and Aishwarya can’t act if their lives depended on it.

    Abhishek Bachchan is about the same age (32) as French actress Marion Cotillard (of La Vie en Rose fame). If you ignore Abhishek’s special appearances, Abhishek & Marion Cotillard have done about the same number of movies (around 27/28). But what a world of difference exists between Abhishek Bachchan & Marion Cotillard. Truly it can be said in this case that seeing is believing.

    Abhishek Bachchan is a crass act, Marion Cotillard is a class act.

    But for his last name, Abhishek Bachchan would have a hard time finding a role even in a crowd scene.

    As for that non-actress Aishwarya Rai, the less said the better.

  4. viswajithkn   June 8, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    There is a limit to post crap reviews like this…The movie was good.

    Personally I feel this to be a biased, sadistic review.

    It is about time that Ram Gopal Varma gets some praise.

    Yes he has made horrific movies like RGV ki Aag and stuff…But any individual who makes movies like Satya, Rangeela, Sarkar, Sarkar Raj deserves better treatment…Else if you still stick to the formulaic movies then nothing better than Om Shanti Om or a Balayaa movie in telugu or for that matter a Chiru movie in telugu… Responds:

    You write above: But any individual who makes movies like …Sarkar, Sarkar Raj deserves better treatment

    Go ahead, put a garland on Ram Gopal Varma’s picture and worship him.

    Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Sarkar and Sarkar Raj are all crappy movies, the difference only a matter of degree.

  5. sandy312   June 9, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Well, I think Sarkar Raj is a good movie. I beleive that the person who wrote the review in this blog likes the bollywood songs and watching hero herione dancing to the tunes of some junk songs. Movies like these are beyond the understading of mediocre reviewers. Well definately the plot of this movie was beyond the reach of the reviewer. The review is an absolute crap and the reviewer is no less than ‘a blockhead’. Responds:

    Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.

    Dummkopf – for someone who can’t write five sentences without committing multiple spelling errors, you have a nerve calling us blockhead.

  6. anair78   June 10, 2008 at 4:23 am

    Whoever wrote this review does not have a clue how to critique a film. First of all comparing Sarkar Raj to American Gangster, Scarface etc is ridicolous. It would be comparable to saying Moulin Rouge lacks the musical gravitas that Devdas did. You cannot compare films from two different continents or cultures, just because they the it is categoreized a certain way…and you say that the dialouge in Sarkar Raj is so cliched and bad as compared to what? scarface….”say hello to my little friend”…..
    And according to you Amitabh is an average actor with less acting skills than Viggo Mortensen or Denzel Wahington. Tell that to his millions of fans and the next time you come across an actor that has captivated audiences for over 30 years and still going strong, let me know……and in the meanwhile get your head out of your ass and find a different job… critic is not one of them. Responds:
    1. You snivelling little twit, we are not comparing Sarkar Raj to a Love Story but within the same genre. Sarkar Raj, Sarkar, Scarface, Godfather, Eastern Promises and American Gangster all belong to the same genre – gangster films. So comparisons are perfectly legitimate.

    2. The art and craft of movies or acting knows no boundaries. So comparing movies or actors across geographical frontiers is perfectly fine. For instance, the Oscar or Cannes awards are given to the Best Actor/Actress regardless of language and culture.

    3. You write above: the next time you come across an actor that has captivated audiences for over 30 years and still going strong… Two of the worst Indian actors in our living memory MGR (Tamil) and Rajkumar (Kannada) held sway in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka respectively for several decades and despite being dead still have a resonance in the two states. The pain of watching MGR or Rajkumar on the big screen is akin to being in the hands of the Mad Doctor of Auschwitz Josef Mengele or at the mercy of one of Stalin’s minions in the Lubyanka. Like you, there are millions of moonstruck Indian movie fans who can’t distinguish between a fake and the real thing and have their faces affixed to the derrière of their favorite stars. Spare us from such treats.

    Go back to your dolls and your fairy tales, you dumb snot.

  7. anair78   June 10, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Wow thanks for opening my eyes and distinguishing for millions of indian fans between real and fake acting. Either you have had a high content of crack cocaine in you cereal or you are just an idiot. You go as far as saying Marion Cottiard is a better actor than Abishek Bachan, beacuse they are the same age and supposedely she has achieved more. Since when did age become a viable criteria for comaprison? You are clearly starstruck by hollywood actors and according to you A lot of these Indian superstars are bad actors. You fail to see the creativity in these actors be it Amitabh, Abhishekh…..Kamal hassan, mohanlal etc.
    So once again you ignorant hollywood ass kissing moron….wake up and if you fail to see the talent in these actors you have failed as an critic. Responds:

    1. To any jackass (dickhead, we mean you specifically) who thinks Abhishek Bachchan has even the faintest creative spark, we ask: Do you inject cocaine or snort it?

    Creativity and Abhishek Bachchan cannot co-exist in a sentence. That Dodo cannot act to save his life. Bluffmaster, KANK, Umrao Jaan, Guru, Sarkar etc – this fella is not only pathetic in every single frame of each of these movies but has steadfastly refused to improve his acting capabilities. But for his last name, Abhishek wouldn’t qualify to be a gofer on a movie production set.

    2. We said Abhishek & Marion Cotillard are of the same age and have done about the same number of movies. Here’s what we wrote in response to an earlier comment: If you ignore Abhishek’s special appearances, Abhishek & Marion Cotillard have done about the same number of movies (around 27/28). But what a world of difference exists between Abhishek Bachchan & Marion Cotillard. Truly it can be said in this case that seeing is believing. Abhishek Bachchan is a crass act, Marion Cotillard is a class act.

    Obviously, even simple sentences seem to fly over the ugly mass of cartilage and tissue that you mistakenly consider your head. Since brain transplants are still out in the future, you’ll have to live as a brainless twit.

    3. What’s Kamal Haasan & Mohanlal got to do with anything here? The summer heat got to you and melted your brains? Since you brought up Kamal Haasan, we think Kamal is grossly over-rated too. Sure, Kamal was good in a few movies like Sigappu Rojakkal but some of his later movies like Thenali (an insufferable lift of that nice Hollywood film What about Bob) and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu were plain rubbish.

    4. We are not in awe of either Hollywood or Bollywood actors. Truth be said, we’re not in awe of any bipeds. We just love good movies, be it Hollywood, Bollywood or Kollywood (Tamil movies). If you care to read our Hollywood reviews, you’d have realized that, but your itchy fingers are so desperate to write some gibberish that you ignore facts.

    Begone, you scumbag.

  8. sandy312   June 10, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I think you are the dumbest of the dumbest person (or team) I ever come across. Just show me any one who is supporting your review. Though You can clearly see the criticism of you review. Everyone has criticized you in their replies. U are some kind of person who cannot do work perfectly but will stand up to criticize others work. Well there is no shame in admitting ones mistake.
    And regarding my knowledge in English I am not a stickler with English spelling or grammar. But I made my point clear to everyone who read it. Responds:

    1. You prove the adage: Empty vessels make the most noise.

    2. You write above: Just show me any one who is supporting your review….Everyone has criticized you in their replies.

    We are not trying to win a popularity contest here, you dodo. We are just calling a spade a spade.

    The ho-hum box office reception of Sarkar Raj should tell you something. Despite the presence of three Bachchans, Sarkar Raj grossed less than Ajay Devgan’s U Me Aur Hum in the opening weekend at the U.S. box office. Vox populi, vox dei.

  9. paddy123   June 10, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    The only reason I can think of for your completely negative and baised review is that you want to bait all the hard-core Bachhan fans and generate more hits for your website. As simple and as evident the strategy is, it still works, as even a passive surfer as myself, who has never posted a comment on a blog before, find myself compeled to respond to your farcical review.

    A lot has already been said by other posts to your review. The only point I would like to make is in regard to your repeated comparison to Sarkar Raj’s box-office collections to U Me Aur Hum. It would be extremely inaccurate and unethical to deliver a verdict based on only the total box office collections. If we look at the other metrics, most importantly “Average Gross” of $9,178 for Sarkar Raj, it is probably the third best performing movie after OSO and Jodha Akbar and way better than U Me aur Hum’s figure of $7,223. Sarkar Raj played on 19 screen less than U Me aur Hum (89 vs. 70 for Sarkar Raj) Responds:

    1. Not withstanding your malicious attempts to attribute sordid motives to our unbiased, objective Sarkar Raj review, we are motivated solely by artistic considerations in our review.

    2. Sure, by your distorted logic if Sarkar Raj had been released in 50 or even 25 theaters, the average gross would have been much higher. Average gross is one factor but definitely not as important as the total gross to judge a movie’s overall performance at the box office.

    If that sounds “extremely inaccurate and unethical” to you, then you are using a different dictionary from the rest of the world.

  10. paddy123   June 10, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Ha!!. It’s funny when you say that you are motivated solely by “artistic considerations”. The negativity and venom that reeks from your review ensures the absence of any artistic considerations.

    Art and creativity can never flourish in the same environment as that created by this review. It leaves a very bad taste in the reader’s mouth, far from creating any illusion of art. Responds:

    First, you attribute malicious motives to our review, then you use skewed logic to suggest Sarkar Raj has done well when it clearly has not.

    And when we adequately rebut your ill-conceived arguments, you go off on a tangent with your above inane remark that Art and creativity can never flourish in the same environment as that created by this review.

    You are entitled to your erroneous, confused and distorted opinions.

  11. szm   June 11, 2008 at 7:44 am

    The marketing team who created the hype surrounding this movie deserves the accolades, rather than the director and actors short it as a movie of “much to do about nothing”. Whilst watching i was reminded of a chocolate easter egg..beautifully packaged on the outside but nothing on the inside. I have come to realise that the bigger the hype surrounding the movie the worst it is. according to RGV this was supposed to have been a movie like no other.

    In terms of performance Amitabh (good actor) held his own, while Abhishek and Aishwariya clearly stood out like sore thumbs (AbhiAsh is clearly not cut out for serious cinema such as this – sadly they lack the conviction and passion necessary to emulate these roles).Thankfully Ash was relegated to the sidelines of the movie, which was one saving grace, as her “steely” performance was completely devoid of steel but rather more plastic and forced. Abhishek reminds me of dead wood..his performance completely lacked any passion especially during the pivotal moments in the movie. although the script was a lot better than many of the scripts of recent bollywood movies, the entire movie is a rehash of a masterpiece that was best left alone. Like black was SLB’s masterpiece, Sarkar was RGV’s masterpiece. SR is not the worst bollywood movie, but it certainly is not the best. This was a movie of redemption by RGV to his fans but mostly to AB after that dismal failure called Aag. RGV reverted to his tried and tested formulae used in Sarkar to ensure that SR is not an outright disaster, and for that he deserves a pat on the back for his forsight, but the praise ends there. The movie is agonisingly slow, mainly for the plot being more a less the same as Sarkar. Bollywood directors seriously need to learn the word “overkill” for SR is a clear example of that..the continous closeups, the horrendous background music which made it so difficult to try and grasp what was being said especially when it was important for the viewer to hear the actor (eg. when Shankar & Anita went to the various villages to convince them of the benefits of the plant, that horrible music played over shankar’s arguments – the passion of a movie such as this genre lies in the arguments presented by the parties, etc. and not the background music) and lastly the preachy script which had every actor spouting platitudes and “words of wisdom”. Although SR may do well at the box office, only time will tell, it in no way indicates the critical sucess of this movie, which to me far outweighs commercial success.

    To find a good movie these days, ie Hollywood or Bollywood is rare. some hollywood movies too have failed at the box office recently, eg. The Invasion with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, Leatherheads with George Clooney & Rene Zellwegger. Was it lack of talent, bad marketing or just that the audience expected more or something a little different? As for comparing Hollywood actors to bollywood actors it is fair to say that if u claim to be an actor (they have talent), not a celebrity (they have audience pulling-power), u should be judged accordigly, irrespective of which culture or audience you cater to or language you speak. Either u can act or u cannot, no matter whether it is in a hollywood movie or a bollywood one.

    To Anair78, Search India is fair in their comparison of Marion Coutillard (French) to Abhishek Bachan (Indian). Both claim to be actors so they can be compared to each other, just as comparing Daniel Day Lewis (english) to George Clooney (American). Can a successful and skilful doctor in india be compared to a successful and skilful doctor in USA..i believe yes. I would have rather compared Marion Coutillard’s performance in La Vie en rose to Rani Mukerjee’s performance in Black..both haunting and riveting and to this day are still talked about movies and performances simply beacause these are talented actresses and not celebrities such as Ashwariya, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson, Paris hilton. They get the roles for audience pulling power rather than talent.

  12. satyaraki   June 11, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Whoever written the review have made some loose comments on photography. Its not just the shadow stuff filmed there. Its a really good technique to portray dark films. Please don’t make any loose comments on something which you don’t know. Even the review is not upto the mark. Please look at review by a o scott in new york times.
    I am expecting some retaliating (but funny) comment from searchindia ( because i critisized!) Responds:

    One more moronic comment.

    You write above: A O Scott reviewed Sarkar Raj in New York Times.

    Really? Here is a link to A O Scott’s recent reviews –

    Where is Sarkar Raj among his reviews?

    NYT only has a summary of Sarkar Raj here –

    Stop providing wrong information, you monkey.

    You write above: Its a really good technique to portray dark films

    Sarkar Raj represents a dark era in Indian films.

  13. ashutoshg   June 12, 2008 at 1:34 am

    You are hilarious! I love the way the commentators come back for more bashing.

  14. szm   June 12, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Dear Satyaraki
    Thank you for your comments to my review. As life would have it i do know about camera techniques as i am currently doing a course photography. so whether it being film camera techniques or stills photography, the lightning techniques are the same, just different equipment. looking back at saawariya and why it failed to grab the audience as expected, alot had to do with lightning and camera techniques..the audience found it difficult to sit through 2 hours of semi-darkness – read the various reviews and this is one of the points that was touched upon. similarly the technique used in SR is an excellent one, but too much of it and you lose the uniqueness and effect it has on the overall feel of the movie (some reviews of SR had also touched upon it). The lightning and camera guys did a great job, but Ramu as a director should know when to incorporate this type of technique into the movie in order to achieve the desired effect. When using one technique throughout the movie, it is important for the director to ascertain whether it would work throughout the movie by getting feedback from the public. If u are not aware some directors actually have a preview screening of different techniques (lightning & camera)to certain members of the general public to get their feedback by allowing these members to comment on these techniques. In this way the director gets a general feel of how these techniques will be received by the public. a classic example was when George Clooney filmed Good Night & Good Luck (received 8 oscar nominations including for cinematography)he used the above method in order to determine whether shooting this movie in black & white would actually work with the public…the results speak for themselves. i believe if ramu had followed this method, he would have come to the conclusion that this “shadow” technique would only have worked in parts of the movie and not the movie in it’s entirety. As to the rest of my review, we are all entitled to our opinions as moviegoers and other reviews by CNNIbn, NDTV, etc and a general pattern will follow. Even the box office collections have indicated that SR failed to grab the audience as expected. Responds:

    Most big movie directors in the U.S. do a fair bit of polling & focus group studies to get the pulse of the audience to the story, scenes, techniques etc. Despite all this effort, many Hollywood movies fail too. Goes to prove that a lot in the movie world is art than science.

  15. Zaid   June 12, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I read good reviews from other sites and ended up watching this movie.
    I agree with this review although it is quite harsh.
    Amitabh is his usual self he does nothing new. Abhishek did nothing except looking angry and Aishwarya was ok.
    Villains in this movie are stronger than the Bacchan trio. Villains run the show from start to finish. Bacchans only react and play at the hands of the villains.
    That Somji guy shouts most of the time.
    There is no impact when Abshishek dies.
    We donno why people are sitting in underlit rooms.Why people are afraid so much of Sarkar. In part 1 and part 2 Sarkar does nothing great. Sarkar keeps talking about his thoughts but we don’t know what is so great about his thoughts.
    RGV made Satya and Company and hence he can’t be pardoned for Sarkar Raj. In Satya the story was quite engrossing and keeps moving from first frame. In Sarkar Raj there is no story worth telling.
    It is a simple case of RGV trying to cash in on the name of Bacchans.

  16. maximus76   June 13, 2008 at 3:28 am

    i agree with the views of the above poster. the review on the movie seems to be right on dot, although the reviewers take on the bacchan’s seems to be harsh. Sarkar raj, primarily lacked the punch we expect from a gangster genre. i couldnt figure out what was so powerful about subash nagre, that made him so fearful a character. Gangster’s and Dons we hear of, are usually wealthy people with scores of underworld business in the black markets. i dont know what subash nagre does, but the only thing that makes him look powerful is a couple of gun men in a dilapidated house. so, basically you have no clue why he’s so powerful.
    the plot of the movie is so damn weak, and everything was evident right from the first twenty minutes. The villains were like a bunch of clowns who could make my little sister laugh. what is disappointing is the fact that the same film maker went on to make a movie like company which was simply awesome. by making sarkar raj with the current plot, RGV has lost out on what could have been a splendid prequel.

  17. sriny_97   June 13, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Another mediocre,boring and banal movie from the inept RGV. There is no originality in the movie at all. The director has watched some gangster flicks from Hollywood and has tried to ape them but he can’t do that also properly. Why the hell is that poor and dingy lighting used? It gets irritating to watch. And what the f*&% is with the constant background droning of “Govinda..Govinda” throughout the movie? It got on my nerves. Honest review by SearchIndia. Many reviewers are afraid to criticize this movie due to its star studded cast. Keep it up guys.

  18. sandy312   June 13, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    “Calling a spade a spade” is easier than “Accepting the spade a spade”. You are not accepting the fact your review is thrash and doesn’t appease your viewers.
    You are simply doing some hypocrisy business here. Lastly the language you use in your replies shows ur unprofessionalism. Some times reading the viewer replies I feel that they tend to write them not is support of the movie but only to criticize you. Please try to change this attitude. Responds:

    For someone who first started this minor dustup by calling us blockheads in your first comment, you have a nerve giving us advice.

    Scoot, kiddo.

    Sarkar Raj is a trashy movie. The box office response to the movie has also proved that.

    We’re not trying to appease anyone here.

  19. araj   June 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Hey guys, today i stumbled upon RGV’s blog…

    There is a question about this ‘Govinda’ ‘Govinda’ chant on the blog and this is what RGV answered.

    “Q. I don’t know if ‘Govinda Govinda’ theme suited the film Sarkar. Originally it was from your Telugu film.

    RGV’s Ans: Yes. Since I loved that track in the Telugu film and that film flopped I was adamant on tying to ram it down people’s throats once again and I gave a logic to myself that Sarkar is like Lord Krishna which justified the Govinda word. Nobody else got that but as of now it’s the most identifiable sound byte from the Sarkar films. My case rests.”

    Well, it looks like RGV is one of those guys who firmly believes he must be intelligent just because he can admit he is a stupid. Child-like or childish??

    By the way, there is this very interesting part in the blog titled “RGV Review of Reviews” where RGV poured forth his anger at the reviewers who’d criticized his ‘Sarkar Raj’. I am quoting below one of the paras…

    “If the point of a review is to critically analyze someone else’s work and to possibly inform/educate or psyche the viewer why to or why not to watch a particular film, I think it’s only fair that the filmmaker too should give his reaction to what the reviewer commented upon………A film is a statement of an individual. It’s fair enough that there will be people out there who agree or disagree or not interested or fascinated depending upon that particular individual’s sensibility, intelligence, background, etc. But why should one individual try to influence them just because they are tagged as critics. What is their qualification? Is it their quality of bitchiness or expertise in rhyming or knowledge of cinema?….”

    While reading the above lines I just couldn’t help smiling to myself thinking that what would be RGV’s reaction if he happens to read your review. Further RGV wrote in the same part of his blog;

    “……..They will write as nasty and as bitchy articles as possible in their capacity and influence whatever they might have with the management of their concerned outfits. But I will answer them too in my blog. You readers have a ring-side seat and watch…….”

    With that he wrote a series of retorts to the comments of well-known reviewers of various dailies/magazines/websites.

    Well, well, I certainly like to have the best seat on the ring-side if you guys post a message in his blog and pick up a battle. lol. Am really salivating at the prospect of watching a war of words that would be as enticing as watching a Nadal-Federer Wimbledon final. Responds:

    RGV is quite a crafty character.

    Given the miserable fate of Sarkar Raj at the box office, any other director would be licking his wounds in private. But the way this fella has skillfully turned all the attention on himself and away from the disaster that is Sarkar Raj suggests our worst nightmare could come true – Sarkar III.

    That God does not exist is amply proven by AIDS, the Tsunami & RGV’s movies like Sarkar and Sarkar Raj.

  20. araj   June 15, 2008 at 2:40 am

    Is Sarkar Raj a Box Office flop?? But here in India, all televisions are busy whining it’s a huge hit. I don’t know. Anyway, RGV has actually embarked on a tour of all cities playing ‘Sarkar Raj’ along with ‘three Bachchans’ to thank the people who made his film such a roaring hit (by the way, they call the tour ‘Sarkar Raj Yatra’. RGV says it’s for the first time in his life he is doing such a promo tour). Today, Amitab Bachchan along with Aishwarya Bachchan is scheduled to visit PVR Cinema here in Hyderabad. Responds:

    Huge hit? Most reports (even the fawning film web sites) suggest that Sarkar Raj hasn’t exactly taken the box office by storm.

    Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth. said either Lenin or Goebbels. But we don’t agree.

    Pl see Sarkar Raj at the U.S. Box Office.

    By the way, most promotions for movies take place before a movie is released, right? If people are going around trying to get attention for a movie 8 or 10 days after a movie is released, it signals panic to us.

  21. warrior_queen   June 16, 2008 at 7:03 am

    [trash talk]

  22. warrior_queen   June 16, 2008 at 7:09 am

    my msg to the rude [trash talk] owner of the site:
    ……..ja dekh hero heroine ko pedh ke aspas nachte hue..tere ko vahi pasand hoga angrez ki aulad!agar itni hi problem hai indian chizo se, to likh angrezi filmo ka review….this review is shit & as for U.S. box office veh angrezo ka desh hain vahan hindustani bhi hindustani na reh kar angrez ban jate hain. Responds:

    Gada (Donkey), Sarkar Raj was great?

    Keep dreaming, baby.

    Pl write in English although occasional use of the Hindi word is fine. This is not the Dainik Jagran blog.

  23. indiatimes   June 17, 2008 at 11:37 am

    You twits cannot stop Sarkar Raj from being a hit ! Ha ha ha ha ha ! Responds:

    You idiot, we don’t care one way or the other whether Sarkar Raj is a hit or a flop.

    Nothing can change the fact that Sarkar Raj is a bad movie that is worth missing.

    By the way, Sarkar Raj gross collections fell 74% in the second week at the U.S. Box Office.

  24. ladcameo   June 18, 2008 at 12:30 am

    gone thru some (s)craps, one initiating a rather biased review, another telling the logic behind govinda back ground score(may be this is true) and yet another talking about the technicalities of photography and lighting and a bit of coke and scar-face was also covered… though i cannot relate my review to any of the aforementioned, i can definitely say that RGV has come with a master piece with his sarkar sequel… after the rgv ki aag disaster this is a super quick recovery and the directory definitely got the pulse of indian audience in the last 30 minutes of the film and am sure India couldn’t have related or reacted more to an onscreen demise than the one that is shown in the film…

    was just imagining other Amitabh contemporaries like dharm jitender or satrughan sinha or even vinod khana in this role, no one would have come a wee bit closer and that makes bacchan the one and only of his kind..

    aish did well too except for the fact tat the tear was rolling way too consistently taking the same path of her rather unblemished cheeks in the climax sequence when big B gives her the analysis of how things went.. and to be fair to the smaller bachan the fellow can act and act quite well too, may be some one who got used to the srk clan of movies may not like it, but sarkar raj is yet another milestone for the progress of bollywood movies which was pioneered by dil chahata hai… till then talented actors were wasted by clueless directors who were quite monotonous in their scripts and selecting themes that faded the industry a good 20 years ago…

    all said and done three cheers to rgv on his resurgence and am sure he has a lot of fire left to deliver many more master pieces…. Responds:

    According to you, Amitabh did very well, Aishwarya did well too and Abhishek did quite well in Sarkar Raj…then why the hell has this crappy movie not done well at the box office? Please read Trashy Sarkar Raj Crashes in U.S. – Down 74%

    You write above: all said and done three cheers to rgv on his resurgence and am sure he has a lot of fire left to deliver many more master pieces

    Masterpiece? Along with Samuel Johnson and Noah Webster, you deserve a place in the dictionary Hall of Fame. After all, you’ve just redefined the meaning of the word masterpiece by describing a mediocre film like Sarkar Raj as a masterpiece.

    As you say RGV may have a lot of fire left to deliver many more master pieces, but the question is whether Indian audiences have the stomach to digest the RGV kind of masterpiece? – Your Unbiased Source for Bollywood & Kollywood Movie Reviews

  25. knight   June 18, 2008 at 7:21 am

    well and its hindi movie review team can just [trash talk] to the united states of america. looks like u guys are a bunch of jobless souls who keep comparing two entirely different styles of cinema (hollywod and bollywood) and come up with your reviews,which are nothing but SHIT. sarkar raj caters primarily to the audiences here in india and of course to a minor percentage the american and foreign audiences. you [trash talk] keep pushing the point that “please check the american box office records and the fall in sarkar raj collections in the second week. “wat i fail to understand is why the [trash talk] should we check the american box office records, of course we would like them to be godd but again they are supplementary. what matters is the fact that the movie should do well in india,and as far as that goes it can easily be said that sarkar raj is surely one of the best indian films this year. people here in india (most of them ,barring the minor percentage of hollywood movie lovers) find hollywood movies as escapist, inspite of their better technology and so called better actors. i am not saying all hollywood movies are escapist ,or that all of them are not worth watching, but i’m just saying that indian audiences love indian cinema and u need to understand that fact. so when u write a review for a hindi movie ,u should be telling the audiences as to what they can expect from a particular movie ,(in this case sarkar raj),and how good it is ,CONSIDERING THE LIKES AND DISLIKES OF HINDI MOVIE OR INDIAN MOVIE LOVERS.but UNFORTUNATELY u guys call yourself a review team and the fact is that u don’t understand indian audiences at all. so ultimately u end up comparing hollywood movies to bollywood movies and hindi actors to foreign your reviews turn out to be very personal rather than “for the masses”. so u need to start reviewing hindi movies from the indian standpoint. so,since u don’t seem to be knowing wat ur doing,and u seem to be at sea from the bollywood movies, u SHOULD’NT REVIEW.PERIOD.THEREFORE YOUR REVIEW ON SARKAR RAJ DOES NOT COUNT AND TO SAY THE LEAST IT SUCKS!!!SO JUST PACK YOUR BAGS AND TRY AND FIND A JOB IN THE US [trash talk]. Responds:

    1. Since is based in the U.S., we focus a lot on events/activities around USA.

    2. You write above: wat i fail to understand is why the [trash talk] should we check the american box office records

    The people who watch desi movies like Sarkar Raj in the U.S. are for the most part people of Indian origin. We’ve watched more than a 100 Hindi & Tamil movies in American theaters and 99.9% of the audience is of Indian origin. Are Indians in USA very different from Indians in India, UK, Australia etc. Sure, there is some difference but not a lot.

    So if a Hindi movie like Sarkar Raj fails to do well in the U.S., it could give you a sense of the movie’s response overall.

    3. You write: looks like u guys are a bunch of jobless souls who keep comparing two entirely different styles of cinema (hollywod and bollywood)

    Nothing wrong in comparisons. Both come under the category of cinema or art.

    4. You write: people here in india (most of them ,barring the minor percentage of hollywood movie lovers) find hollywood movies as escapist,

    Today is not April 1. Indian movies, whether Hindi or Tamil are nothing but escapist fantasies.


    We did that before you were born. – Your Unbiased Source for Bollywood & Kollywood Movie Reviews

  26. knight   June 18, 2008 at 10:16 am

    knight responds:
    you write:today is not april first ,hindi and tamil movies,are escapist fantasies.

    the fact is we don’t make star wars,star trek chronicles of narnia,lord of the rings,to name a few all of which are escapist fantasies and all of them,have done well at the us box office.

    you write:nothing wrong in comparisons.both come under the category of cinema or art.

    again ,it’s like saying nothing wrong in comparing the us and india,both are democratic countries,whereas the fact is that there is no point comparing because both have entirely different lifestyles and cultures and both have each of their merits and demerits. and u being a movie reviewer should certainly not!

    you write:So if a Hindi movie like Sarkar Raj fails to do well in the U.S., it could give you a sense of the movie’s response overall

    bullshit,it does not,because regular audiences here in india have a completely different take than those indians there in the should have known that by now considering the responses u have got for your review of the movie sarkar raj!

    you write:
    We did that before you were born

    shit!if only i was born before u’ll left for the usa,i would have probably asked u’ll to stay back,rather than going there and spoiling india’s name. Responds:

    1. You write above: we don’t make star wars,star trek chronicles of narnia,lord of the rings,to name a few all of which are escapist fantasies and all of them,have done well at the us box office

    Most Bollywood romances (the majority of Hindi movies) are nothing but escapist fantasies.

    2. You write: here in india have a completely different take than those indians there in the usa.

    From various media reports we’ve read, Sarkar Raj has not done well in India too.

    The much-hyped Sarkar Raj has failed to make a dent at the box office, with multiplexes recording only a 50% occupancy on the opening day. The only respite for the film came on Sunday with occupancy levels reaching the 85-90% mark. However, come Monday and collections across multiplexes have plummeted drastically. The Economic Times, 10 June 2008

    Here’s what a film publication like India FM had to say on June 12, 2008 about Sarkar Raj in India – The much-hyped, keenly-anticipated SARKAR RAJ hasn’t taken the domestic box-office by storm, except in a few circuits

    We still look at U.S. market performance as a proxy for overall performance. How are Indians in the U.S. different from our fellow Indians in India or elsewhere? You can take the Indians out of India but you cannot take the India (the culture, ethos, behavior) out of Indians.

    If the overseas market is not important, why would Yash Raj, Eros etc have major offices here and release their movies in so many theaters (including mainstream American theaters like Regal and AMC)

    From all appearances, it does look like Sarkar Raj has definitely not resonated strongly at the box office.

    People usually promote movies before the release, not 8-10 days after the release (like Amitabh, Aishwarya and Abhishek were doing in Hyderabad for Sarkar Raj ) unless there is panic over its fate.

  27. knight   June 19, 2008 at 4:30 am

    you write:Most Bollywood romances (the majority of Hindi movies) are nothing but escapist fantasies

    the fact is that bollywood romances are not escapist in nature ,instead realistic ,except for dancing around the trees and stuff.the increase in the number of love marriages and cross culture marriages across the country in the last decade or so ,substantiates this point.also the fact that srk,the king of bollywood,turned into a superstar primarily bcoz of romantic scripts that he worked with.infact he in one of his interviews to cnn has said that bollywood romances are realistic instead of being labelled as escapist,they deal with human emotions and basic love ingredient and such things can never be escapist even in the 21st century.

    you talk about economic times and india fm,but those are just a portion of the reviews,the majority of them have given thumbs up to the movie sarkar raj.

    moreover if your team can label “amitabh bachchan” as an “average actor” then there is something mentally wrong with u guys. u’ll smell like sadists rather than unbiased hindi movie reviewers.plz check facts about mr.amitabh bachchan and then write your reviews.

    u guys infact are a supreme example of people who have taken india out of their hearts after sticking ur but in the usa.

    1. You write: the fact is that bollywood romances are not escapist in nature

    Above point deserves to go into the Hall of fame for the most factually inaccurate statement.

    2. You write: you talk about economic times and india fm,but those are just a portion of the reviews

    Don’t mix up box office performance and reviews. You first talked of box office performance in India and the movie going gangbusters. Sarkar Raj has neither garnered a lot of good reviews nor does it seem to be doing good business.

    3. infact he in one of his interviews to cnn has said that bollywood romances are realistic

    Just because SRK says something, doesn’t make it so.

    4. u’ll smell like sadists rather than unbiased hindi movie reviewers.

    Au contraire, the sadists are your Bollywood filmmakers like RGV and actor wannabes like Abhishek Bachchan who unleash horror shows like Sarkar Raj on fans.

  28. knight   June 19, 2008 at 9:59 am

    the fact is that ur team consists of a bunch of fools,who say that “amitabh is an average actor”.u guys simply “suck”. Responds:

    Amitabh is not only an average actor but also a spent force.

    Look at the fate of his recent movies Jhoom ‘Bore Bore’ Jhoom, Bhoothnath and Sarkar Raj at the box office.

  29. Dragonfr575   June 19, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    You’re a pathetic critic. Such an egomaniac. Responds:

    Because we called Sarkar Raj a movie worth missing or because we refuse to take BS or is the truth too uncomfortable to handle at times?

  30. happygolike   June 20, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Andaaz apna apna, and we should respect that. These reviewers have their point of view and from that point of view they possibly make sense. I liked most of Ram Gopal Verma’s movies (haven’t seen all). I haven’t yet seen Sarkar Raj, but have seen Sarkar. I liked that. Since I didn’t agree with them on Sarkar, I see no reason to discard Sarkar Raj. Will go and watch that today.

    With all due respect to these guys, there are some fundamental differences between these people and me. In fact, their target users are different.

    Now I know one more site which I should not click when it appears on Google/Yahoo search (man… it appeared on the top this time!). Btw, I like the website design, it is nice and simple, but I guess it is powered by wordpress anyway.

    However, just curious — can you name a few “must watch” Hindi movies of last few years? And hats off to the reviewer that in spite of knowing very well that you won’t like a movie made by RGV, casting Amitabh et. al., you had the tenacity to watch it. Responds:

    1. You write above: can you name a few “must watch” Hindi movies of last few years?

    Taare Zameen Par, Manorama Six Feet, Johnny Gaddaar, Fanaa

    Also, pl see Some Fine Bollywood & Hollywood Movies

    2. You write: And hats off to the reviewer that in spite of knowing very well that you won’t like a movie made by RGV, casting Amitabh et. al., you had the tenacity to watch it.

    Hope lies eternal in the human….

  31. global   June 22, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I completely agree with your comments about this movie which is pathetic to the core.Your review may appear to be little harsh to those bachchan fans,whose irrational loyalty forces them to see virtues where there are none. It’s quite apparent that Amitabh Bachchan is well-past his prime (even his prime did not produce many memorable films!) and Abhishek & Ashwarya are incompetence personified.

    Regarding RGV..well..this man is the most shining example of stupidity coupled with obstinacy. He is churning out one disaster after the other and then has the tenacity to put a question mark on viewer’s intelligence.

    You guys are courageous enough to provide a balanced & neat analysis of this movie,which leaves one to wonder what the future holds in store for movie viewers if RGV actually decides to give another jolt of the same kind in the next 2-3 years.

  32. Ocean   June 23, 2008 at 3:34 am

    I was fooled into watching the movie last saturday. Boy O Boy. What a dud it was.

    This is my review of the same:

    Story – Not even Ramu Knows that. It was a no go from the opening scene and was so till the last one. Does he think that the audience is fool?

    Dialogues – The less said the better. Paisa plant ke liye hai, plant paise ke liye nahin. ( I actually ended up finishing the dialogues even before they were uttered by the actors on the screen. )

    Much acclaimed camera work – HO HO…really?? Shouldn’t be much ridiculed camera work?

    I agree with the reviewer – the lowest point of the movie was the scene in which AB’s baby is shot. Did anyone look at their faces. Hilarious. Hilarious. The last scowl on abhishek’s face. Wow. It was the moment of perfection for him and should also be the moment of epiphany – stop acting. PLEASE.

  33. bcosisayso   June 25, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Sarkar Raj is a great movie, worth a watch for both RGV and Amitabh’s fans. Aiswarya is outstanding too. Great shots, great sound from Prashant Pandey. If you are a serious movie lover, go watch it. It is worth the time and money. Everything has come together in the movie, acting, sound, dialogues and music. Thanks RGV for bringing Sarkar Raj to all of us and looking forward to a Sarkar Raj 3 Responds:

    What planet do you come from?

  34. nitinbrat   June 30, 2008 at 8:33 am

    just a thought …
    do you guys also provide psychological help to people who comment ….
    i mean if you feel they REALLY need it…..

    by the way….. total shit movie… spent 220 bucks… that is some way to throw away your hard earned money… and also get a headache after that… Responds:

    We echo your sentiments on Sarkar Raj.

  35. thirumal   July 11, 2008 at 8:02 am

    very good review…

    I wanna know ur favourite indian director and ur favourite indian movie. Responds:

    We are not enamored with any single film or director…

    We love movies with a strong story, fine performances by the lead actors, decent music and overall good execution…yes, we realize that these various elements seldom come together.

    Over the years, we’ve enjoyed Bollywood aberrations like Aradhana, Sholay, Bobby, Manorama Six Feet, Johnny Gaddar, Taare Zameen Par, Black….

  36. thirumal   July 14, 2008 at 6:22 am

    In ur review, u mentioned only the story is not good, the performences are sucking and by comparing the movie to the ‘holywood gangster films’ u concluded that, be a gangster film it should have more violence.

    I don’t know but u all respected people to say is this the way of writing review. U haven’t gone through the real flaws of movie.All u know ,RGV is speaking about the power politics but..

    And one more thing, in ur replies many times u referenced the B.O collections in US to address the movie’s calibre and to give proof to strengthen ur review.

    Collections don’t represent the fine arts of a director or a movie.
    [u said:

    here in india have a completely different take than those indians there in the usa.]

    it might be ,even i have dozens of friends working in US.All those rush for online to see movies of like Johar’s or Chopra’s crap or even for telugu and kannada movies.In india u can find crores of socalled multiplex audience who adore in searching of those kind of crap.

    Do collections have really a replica of a fine crafts man’s sensibilities?
    I am not any RGV hardcore fan but in submitting ur work has more flaws than movie first of all.

    If it sense in a ignorant way forgive me.
    U said, ignorance is a bliss. Responds:

    You write above: In ur review, u mentioned only the story is not good,

    1. Are you having a hard time reading?

    Besides a disgrace of a story, we also referred to pathetic acting by Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, cliched dialogs, lack of velocity, bizarre chants and pedestrian photography and music.

    2. You misrepresent comment by others as our points.

    3. Do collections have really a replica of a fine crafts man’s sensibilities?

    Not always. But since Ram Gopal Varma is not even a craftsman let alone a fine craftsman, the poor box office response seems to follow from his bad film Sarkar Raj.

  37. sganeshkumar1989   July 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Well,what do you think about RGV’S review of reviews? 😀!5187B91811914FB4!546.entry Responds:

    1. It looks like RGV’s just lashing out at the bad reviews he got for Sarkar Raj.

    2. From a purely business perspective, RGV’s doing what he ought to do with the blog (which is to promote himself and his misadventures a.k.a RGV Ki Aag, Sarkar Raj et al). But Sarkar Raj is so pathetic that RGV’s efforts are unlikely to bring in the intended outcome.

    3. Still, all his artistic inadequacies aside, RGV is an interesting fella. We like his fighting spirit and the fact that he’s unwilling to roll over and die.

  38. gandhiji   July 14, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    thanks for the link, ganesh.. it would be fun if he pays searchindia a visit.

    does kamal blog like rgv. Responds:

    You write above: does kamal blog like rgv

    We don’t think so…Kamal must be too busy counting the $$$ from Dasavatharam. RGV has all the time in the world to blog considering that Sarkar Raj did not take the world by storm and had a fairly unimpressive box office response.

  39. bcosisayso   July 25, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Most of RGV’s critics are jealous if his huge success. Hey, but we are proud that South has produced such great directors like Shyam Benegal, Mani, RGV, Viswanath etc. Go see films like Ankur, Zubeida, Bombay or Sagarasangamam (Telugu) etc. Agree that RGV makes more flops than successes but I think the guy is original and like all good film directors he too is evolving with each film. We from south india appreciate good stuff from Hindi also. But you guys are too biased against us. South Indian film industry has long matured before Bollywood. Fortunately you have Aamir to raise the IQ of Bollywood films. Responds:

    1. You write above: Most of RGV’s critics are jealous if his huge success…. RGV makes more flops than successes but I think the guy is original and like all good film directors he too is evolving

    Going by his recent dismal record, RGV is a stain on the name of cinema. It’s hard to believe this fella has been making movies for two decades.

    2. You write: But you guys are too biased against us

    And who are the you guys you refer to above?

  40. c_pratap_in   July 25, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    You are extremely talented and way ahead of our time. This kind of reviewing will probably occur in 2050. I admire your courage, but you should be a little careful.

    I don’t want to comment on the content of your review. But, this is the first time in my life that I have come across such a daring review. Responds:

    Are you a well-wisher warning us or is this a threatening “Be Careful Who You are Dealing With” kind of notice?

    If you are in the first category, we sincerely appreciate your concern 🙂 ; If you belong to the second category, we’d suggest that you ask Bollywood directors like Ram Gopal Varma and actors like Abhishek Bachchan to learn their craft.

  41. c_pratap_in   July 27, 2008 at 5:26 am

    I am definitely your well-wisher, and I can sense that you are taking a huge risk. Freedom of expression and speech apart, you are taking bollywood head-on and your review appears in the top 5 when you search “Sarkar Raj Reviews” on the google search engine. I am sure you will get a lot of negative reactions, and therefore I wish to encourage you. I want you to be safe. But I stand by what I said earlier that you are one of the most talented writers/reviewers I have ever come across, and believe me I have come across many!! I wish you all success in your career as a reviewer!!
    P.S. I like your writing style a lot too. Responds:

    Thank you.

  42. blazeteena   August 3, 2008 at 11:47 am

    yeah me attracted by your reviews cheeeers dude..hey chuck i am Teena from australia ..chennai born and australian brought up. i read your reviews about sarkar raj , dasavatharam and kuselan ..u got the right review ..we are not here to appretiate for the abnormal and crap jobs done..RGV cannot be appreciated when compared from a universal point of view..stop urguing with b*&^%$#* who cannot digest your review against abishek ‘bitch’en ,sharukh khans , rajini kanth , chirus stupidity living and get their fans to live in their own blasphemy world.. i defineltely will have to appriciate some actors like aamir khan in taare zameen par.. bobby ,sholay and most maniratnam films especially nayagan which is one among Times 100 must see movies and got scott best reviews..kindly wake and put your hands up for real movies..hey x what do you say about M.N.shyamalan’s movies? is the hollywood racist against him? Responds:

    You write above: what do you say about M.N.shyamalans movies? is the hollywood racist against him?

    We liked some of Night Shyamalan’s early movies like Sixth Sense & Unbreakable. But we did not like Lady in the Water. His new movie The Happening has not done too well at the box office.

    We doubt that Hollywood is racist against Night Shyamalan. It’s just that his recent movies are not good enough. Plus, Shyamalan irritated the Hollywood establishment by some of his public comments.

    We also enjoyed Taare Zameen Par.

  43. ayushpresley   October 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    now hahhaha
    Just look at how much people are not with your review..have you seen some other reviews ?? have you watched the Movie ????
    you might have some personal issues.. I have read your reviews and I appreciated all of them as it felt like what you wrote were true but couldn’t take this one. I thought the movie was spectacular.
    I really dont know what to say cause this review is lame !!! Responds:

    Sarkar Raj was a mediocre film.

    Look at its U.S. box office performance for the opening weekend and second weekend.

    Abhishek Bachchan has proved again and again and again that he just cannot act.

    Compared to Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan is a total failure. A zero.

    Even youngsters like Ranbhir Kapoor and Imran Khan with few movies under their belt are far superior actors. Although Abhishek Bachchan has been ‘acting’ for over eight years, he is still hopeless on the screen.

  44. shuaib68   October 20, 2008 at 8:32 am

    This means, an entire family is talentless and still have no clue about acting??? Lucky I am, for I don’t have that much of experience of watching Bollywood movies.

    To fill that vaccum, we have dumped Kolly stuff in our brains to germinate the seed of criticism to roast their disturbances (Movies).

    Finger Lickin’ good!!!

  45. Sekhar   December 1, 2008 at 5:28 am

    whoever wrote this review doesn’t understand the pulse of indian cinema and its audience…its a good movie and definitely worth watching… Responds:

    Poda (get lost).

    This idiot just keeps writing the same nonsense without a proper basis for the argument or as we like to say it’s just keyboarding.

  46. cbacterium   December 2, 2009 at 2:11 am

    sarkar raj is just a slow pace political drama,that has the vivaciousness,vendetta,sophistication,enigma which is an unparalleled contribution to the world cinema.

    Now as we slide to actors,the acting of Mr bachchan is beyond comparison,as told by ‘the morning post’ he is a cross cloning of robert di niro,marlon brando & al pacino.that is the reason why he was voted as ‘the man of the millennium’ worldwide through online voting carried out by bbc even defeating legends like charlie chaplin. Responds:

    True, true. Sarkar and its sequel Sarkar Raj are ‘masterpisses’ that belong in the movie hall of infamy.

    These Bachchans are bachchas (kids) as far as acting goes.

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