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Vijay's Sarkar Movie Review

Vijay's Sarkar Movie Review
Cast - Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Varalakshmi Sarath Kumar and others
Director - Murugadoss
Producer - Kalanidhi Maran
Banner - Sun Pictures
Music - AR Rahman

Tamil Superstar Vijay and star director Murugadoss teamed up again for Sarkar after delivering back to back blockbusters with Tupaki and Kathi. This time Murugadoss comes up with a script that is in tune with Vijay's political ambitions. As always, the director makes sure to load it with masala elements and fan moments.

Story:

Sundar (Vijay) is the CEO of the world’s leading company GL. People call him a corporate monster as he has the powers to make or break companies across the globe. During the elections, Sundar comes to Chennai to cast his vote. There he comes to know that his fundamental right was given to an unknown stranger.
Shocked by this, Sundar approaches the court and uses the unfamiliar 49 (P) section to recast his vote. He also inspires lakhs of people who lost their voting rights. This causes the re-elections in Tamil Nadu. But this time, Sundar gets off his CEO chair and join politics. He competes against the biggest political party headed by Pala.Karuppaiah and Radha Ravi. The youngsters and social activists start supporting Sundar. Can Sundar become successful?

Performances:

Vijay as always plays it to the galleries with his mannerisms and antics. His performance is a feast for fans. For others it is strictly okay performance from the senior Tamil actor. Keerthy Suresh has little role to play in this political drama. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar shines as the politician with evil strategies. Radha Ravi is good as CM's trusted aide. The actor who played the role of the CM is believable.

Technicalities:

Murugadoss has taken up a social issue that is ignored by the law and public. He has mixed commercial elements and loaded the film with whistle-worthy moments for a subject with social awareness. However, he has failed to give a believable solution to the issue and goes overboard in second half.

Rahman's songs are passable, but the background score is on point. Cinematography is splendid. Action directors did a fabulous job in composing thrilling action episodes. Editing could have been better. The film is over long and gets boring at times. Production values are very good.

Plus Points:

First half
Action scenes
Vijay
Varalakshmi

Minus Points:

Unrealistic second half
Songs
Tamil flavor

Analysis:

Murugadoss's last film Kathi with Vijay had the right mix of commercial elements and a social issue. He tries to repeat the formula in Sarkar with a subject that is focused upon Tamilnadu politics. The point has been established well in the initial scenes without missing out on masala elements. First half has many powerful and relatable scenes with Murugadoss in full control on the script and proceedings. It has been an entertaining ride until the interval without any hiccups.

However, Murugadoss made a big mistake by glorifying the actor than focusing on the issue in the second half. He has gone overboard in dealing with a sensitive topic like politics with unrealistic scenes. Ruling party leaders with vast political experience have been shown as mere puppets. No political leader deals with his opponents like the way it is shown in Sarkar. The film that touched a relevant topic and remained realistic until the first half in spite of masala elements, suddenly turned out to be a total mindless commercial potboiler during the second half.

It picks up and gets back on track during the pre climax sequences when Varalakshmi enters the scene. However, director Murugadoss continued to take unrealistic approach with hero's victory over the villains. A well thought out second half would have made Sarkar one of the best films in recent times. But Murugadoss is definitely not in his best form in dealing with the second half. Despite the shortcomings, Sarkar will appeal to masses and people that love to watch political dramas to an extent. Vijay fans will get satisfied with Sarkar but others may not approve it's over the top second half.

Verdict:

The movie runs with the concept of reclaiming the votes. But the commercial elements in the film makes this movie a complete entertainer. The action sequences are the highlight. Vijay's entry scene is awesome. The first half is not so boring and just average.

The sentiment scenes could have been better. The second half of the film has much to tell than the first half. 'Sarkar' would greatly impress Vijay fans. It seems like the movie has been designed as a complete political drama to showcase Vijay’s real-life political ambitions. Watch with limited expectations to enjoy the film.

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