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Sarkar movie review: Not a Sarkar Deepavali

Sarkar movie cast: Vijay, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Radha Ravi, Pazha Karuppiah, Keerthy Suresh
Sarkar movie director: AR Murugadoss
Sarkar movie rating: 2.5 stars

When a successful filmmaker teams up with a mass hero for the third time, naturally, the expectations are high. Sarkar (which marks the third collaboration of AR Murugadoss and Vijay) fails to live up to the hype. The film works in the first half, thanks to the introduction scenes. You also get to see a song shot in Las Vegas and all that. But post-interval, you lose hope as you realise the film is going off the track.

If Sarkar was a political launchpad for Vijay, then you could say, he won. But unfortunately, this is a film. Those slo-mos, action blocks and stylish-tossing-cigarette-moments doesn’t help if you see the film as a whole. Vijay’s terrific screen presence makes this underwritten saga somewhat bearable. But that doesn’t mean one would enjoy everything in a star-driven film. For instance, the Governor suddenly responds to the Chief Justice’s phone call during a swearing-in ceremony. No, I’m not kidding.

Vijay (Sundar Ramasamy), CEO of an American firm (who calls himself a ‘corporate criminal’, mind you), returns to India to cast his vote. To his disappointment, he finds his vote cast already. Sundar reads up and decides to start a revolution on 49-P (similar to 49-O) of Indian Penal Code that lets someone cast his or her vote even it was forged before. To our amusement, the film features an advocate (Jethmalani) who doesn’t even know such a law existed.

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