3.0 / 5.0
By: Rajarajan V.S.
***** SPOILER ALERT !!! *****
There are 2 major things with which Sarkar qualifies as a fair infotainer – Murugadoss’s political ideas incorporated in the plot that infotains & Girish’s cinematography. First up is the latter. The way he has composed sunlight, lights, dust, set properties & hundreds of junior artists is neat throughout. He considers every living/non-living thing as an element and he very well knows how much to expose them in every frame. His angles are interesting and there is no noise in visuals. The stand out feature is the warm tone to the entire film, which he has achieved with sunlight as well as essential lighting. Those vivid lights in Las Vegas are subtly composed. Overall, the cinematography is skillfully done to bring about richness to the film.
Now to the former. There is so much that Murugadoss has got to say here. He never really slips anywhere. He is aware that no where the film should turn out to be preachy or bloated. Things become preachy or bloated when a director is not skilled enough to infuse his ideas in the plot. But, Murugadoss is standardised.
Sundar Ramasamy, played by Vijay – almost everyone term him ‘corporate monster’. A back story is not actually needed to justify that term. Murugadoss has got an efficient premise ahead instead. Things just keep coming for Sundar to prove to the unknowns that he’s indeed a ‘monster’. This method of hero glorification by Murugadoss works often than not. For instance, the crucial set piece in which we learn about the 49-P Indian law. The hero studies law books overnight, stops his lawyer in the middle of argument in court and speaks for himself to the judge. That’s smartly done. Murugadoss doesn’t burden us with 49-P. Instead, he infotains.
But, the ‘corporate monster’ thing also backfires. The hero is always on the top. He never falls down. Even when Komalavalli (oh no, wait; forget I mentioned that name; we’ll call her Pappa), played by Varalaxmi, takes charge as the antagonist, the hero is just waiting for his turn to hit back. He never goes down a bit. All in all, the character graph of Sundar is missing, thereby, falling short of connecting emotionally with the watchers.
Back to Pappa, her dad, Masilamani(played by Pala. Karuppaiah) and his number 2, Malarvannan(played by Radha Ravi), trust her blindly and obey her always. Masilamani is in politics for over 50 years and so is his number 2, Malarvannan. Pappa seems to be well educated. What’s that thing that drives both of them to follow Pappa’s orders? This deserved a back story.
Vijay’s look, attires and that attitude he wears are all fine. Did Murugadoss loss his control over the star? At many places, I wouldn’t call it over-acting. Instead, it shows that neither Vijay has got the character under his skin nor Murugadoss has shown him the right direction. Did Murugadoss forget the presence of Keerthy, Livingston and Yogi in the film?
In the background, nothing sounded like Rahman to me. The song ‘Simtaangaran’ is a proof that Rahman is still young to experiment his music and it somewhat worked for me. As always, Vijay is a fantastic dancer here too. ‘Simtaangaran’ is nicely choreographed, subtly lit, well shot and watch out for Vijay.
Except Girish’s cinematography, there is nothing significant about Sarkar. Murugadoss manages to keep the pot boiling and stirs it at the right times. Sarkar works whenever it infotains.
Cast: Vijay | Keerthy Suresh | Yogi Babu | Varalaxmi Sarathkumar | Radha Ravi | Pala Karuppiah | Livingston | Tulasi Shivamani
Crew: Writer/Director: A.R. Murugadoss | Cinematographer: Girish Gangadharan | Editor: Sreekar Prasad | Music Composer: A.R. Rahman | Production Design: T. Santhanam | Stunt Choreographers: Ram, Laxman
Produced By: Sun Pictures – Kalanithi Maran
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