Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 hour 44 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Sun Pictures Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Vijay, Yogi Babu Direction: AR Murugadoss Screenplay: AR Murugadoss Story: AR Murugadoss Music: A. R. Rahman Background score: A. R. Rahman Cinematography: Girish Gangadharan Editing: A. Sreekar Prasad

After busting the blocks with their first two outings Thuppakki and Kaththi, the dreaded Vijay-AR Murugadoss combination is back with a political thriller, Sarkar! The film is produced by Sun Pictures and has music by AR Rahman.

Sarkar's basic story outline has been the topic of discussion all over social media in the past couple of weeks and it's quite a simple one. A super successful NRI returns to India to cast his vote in the election but turns out it has already been cast illegally by someone else. What does he do to regain his right?

So the idea is established right from the word go. There is no time wasted in introducing the hero and his biggest conflict.  But the problem with the film starts right there too. Every second scene is a build-up that mostly doesn't serve its purpose. The high point takes a beating after the build-up that one could find pretentious. The first half travels with the story finding expression but with a lot of filler scenes that seem artificial.

We have seen AR Murugadoss handle stories that might seem superficial on the outset, with a larger than life hero. This is somewhat of the same kind and the scale is bigger, but the screenplay in the first half falls short, not managing to meet the demands at all points. The pretentiousness of the screenplay is shown in a swearing-in ceremony scene in the first half. And at many places in the screenplay, the logic is questionable.

However, with an exponentially better second half, ARM works his way out by scoring in scenes that will connect with the audience in a more personal way. AR Rahman's background score in the first half could seem quite functional, but he makes up for it with a superb score in the second half. Girish Gangadharan's cinematography is decent and gels well with the film's mood. Sreekar Prasad proves his expertise in the cuts, but there are numerous scenes that don't quite fit in the scheme of things. Ram-Laxman's stunt choreography is slick and their job is commendable.

With regards to performances, we have Pala Karuppiah and Radha Ravi convincingly playing grey politicians. Varalaxmi sticks to one expression throughout the film, maybe that's the character's demand, but it is one of the challenging roles to the young actress to play the antagonist in a big star's film and she had delivered the best. Like most of ARM's other films, the heroine comes off just as a sidekick and Keerthy's role falls in that zone with barely any scope to show off her skills.

The engagement factor could take a big hit in the first half but it works better in the latter half of the film. 164 minutes might seem to be a tad bit longer. The placement of Simtaangaran and OMG Ponnu might irk the audience that looks for progress in the story. The dialogue portions are high in number and like most of Murugadoss's other work, they give out messages with a lot of attention to detail.

At the end of it all, there is just one man who completely steals the show. Vijay's charisma, screen presence and charm are absolutely brilliant. He carries his role with style and grit. He has a few performance-demanding scenes that he aces. Yet, his style of delivering certain dialogues has become a little monotonous. We can find shades of Kaththi that reflect in this film as well.

On the whole, Sarkar can be watched to feel well connected to what our state has been fed within the past so many years, politically. Vijay leads this Sarkar effortlessly.

Verdict: Sarkar is Vijay's strong political voice for a change! Screenplay could have been more engaging and crisper, specially in the first half. But Go for it, this deepavali season


2.75 5 ( 2.75 / 5.0 )









Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Oct 02,2018

Vocals: Bamba Bakiya, Vipin Aneja, and Aparna Narayan
Lyrics: Vivek

Right from the word go, the song gives you all the vibes of being a thara-local kuththu song! The lyrics are peculiar and follow the Madras Tamil slang. The composition is of a very native folk flavor and the beats are very earthy. The instruments used are sounding extremely sharp, but their usage seems to be of the kind we've heard before. The string section that forms the base of the melody along with the background score sounds attractive.

There is quite a lot of the local slang mixed with Tanglish, making it a little hard to follow the lyrics. However, their peculiarity will add to the curiosity and give it the ability to stick to the head of the listener. The singers seem to be apt for the genre as the punch in the voice is a much-needed push. Simtaangaran guarantees the roar in theaters!

Oru Viral Puratchi
Vocals: AR Rahman, Srinidhi Venkatesh
Lyrics: Vivek

An instant hit from ARR. Oruviral Puratchi is a strong track from the Sarkar album. One of the most important reasons is Vivek's powerful lyrics that are very contemporary. It instigates a sense of strength within us, as we listen to the track over and over again. The song's rhythm is great and it keeps our feet busy.

The arrangement of the instruments and voices are pretty interesting. AR Rahman's usage of a string orchestra has always been great and this track is no less. The electric guitar leads the song and it works very well, giving the feel of a motivational number. Coming to AR Rahman's rendition, he seems very lively and it feels fresh. The texture of his voice adds a lot of value to the song and Srinidhi Venkatesh does justice to her stint.

Top Tucker
Vocals: Mohit Chauhan
Lyrics: Vivek

Toptucker is one of the most experimental tracks from ARR in recent times. Right from the tune, the tones used and the feel of the track, it is an interesting attempt. The background score is giving the feels of a massy theme for Vijay. Mohit Chauhan has always shown superb promise and with Toptucker, his voice feels different but it may interest a few.

Another song completely immersed in techno-tones and beats with the vocal arrangements giving a unique feel to the song. The lyrics are quirky and Vivek gets due credit for the same. This might require quite a few listens to get the hook running.

OMG Ponnu
Vocals: Sid Sriram and Jonita Gandhi
Lyrics: Vivek

ARR and Vivek are back with a song similar to what they delivered in Maacho from Mersal. The creative lyrics will catch the audience, the way it did in Maacho. The English words are used interestingly to supplement the Tamil. By using contemporary SMS language, listeners are sure to connect with the feel.

It is a completely techno-driven track that has a ring to it. The synths take the center-stage and they sound quite fresh! Also, songs like these seem to be tailor-made for a voice like Sid Sriram's. He's a charm when he renders such tracks and Jonita Gandhi is of great support! Again, ARR provides the base for some awesome steps from Vijay and Keerthy!

CEO In the House
Vocals: Nakul Abhyankar and Blaaze
Lyrics: Vivek

CEO In The House is a song that suits Vijay's stature and his character from Sarkar. The lyrics back this statement up. Nakul Abhyankar delivers a powerhouse rendition with this track! AR Rahman proves his mettle with his exquisite arrangements of the synths and beats.

The song provides high-octane instant energy to the listener and Vijay is sure to rock the dance floor with this one! Different tones are being introduced in the background of the track and they sound firm and unsmoked. This could be a fan-favorite song with enough mass appeal upfront!

Verdict: A.R.Rahman goes full-on techno for Sarkar!
( 2.75 / 5.0 )

Sarkar (aka) Sarcar

Sarkar (aka) Sarcar is a Tamil movie. Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Vijay, Yogi Babu are part of the cast of Sarkar (aka) Sarcar. The movie is directed by AR Murugadoss. Music is by A. R. Rahman. Production by Sun Pictures, cinematography by Girish Gangadharan, editing by A. Sreekar Prasad.