Review on Sarkar Raj – By Ram Gopal VermaJune 10th, 2008 - 12:29 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
At the outset, I want to make it clear that Sarkar Raj has nothing to do with Godfather-2. It also does not take off from where Sarkar ended. In the life of a man like Sarkar there are bound to be many instances which will give rise to new complex situations. So for want of a better word I would like to describe Sarkar Raj as the new adventures of the Nagre family.
For me, the Sarkar films are about framing and showcasing the aura of power.
I have employed each and every aspect of film making, be it music or screenplay or cinematography, for one and only one purpose; that is to capture the intensity in the actors’ eyes, through which we see a world of high drama be it politics, treachery, revenge, passion, courage, love and relationships.
Sarkar Raj is much bigger than Sarkar in scale mainly because the issues and character conflicts it deals with are much more complex and intriguing than Sarkar.
I, along with my crew, pushed the upper limits of technique to make each frame and sound vibrate with power. But no technique is of any value unless it is backed by powerful performances.
I have always believed that there is no greater cinematic visual than an actor performing in a tight close-up. The faces of the Bachchans in Sarkar Raj are the ultimate testimony of that.
The film belongs to me but the power belongs to the Bachchans
Ram Gopal Varma