Vijay, it is said, is the biggest star of Tamil cinema after Rajinikanth. His last release Mersal made a 100 crores at the Southern box-office. But his latest film the eagerly awaited Sarkar has proved a big disappointment, Trite plot, predictable storytelling, indifferent direction by the redoubtable A R Murugadoss...what were Vijay and Murugadoss thinking?!
Vijay is undoubtedly the king of the Tamil box office. And why just Tamil? Vijay is equally popular in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. These states scheduled round-the-clock shows of Sarkar from Tuesday onwards. The combination of actor Vijay and director A R Murugadoss is being looked on with huge anticipation as they have earlier scored blockbuster status with Kaathi and Thupakki.
Says the film’s softspoken director R Murugadoss, “This is my third film with Vijay. And the one I’m most nervous about. The reason being the audiences’ expectations. We’ve worked hard to give them something exciting. We hope nobody goes home disappointed.”
Well, apparently most Vijay fans have gone home disappointed.
Like Rajinikanth, Vijay gives no press interviews. So we have no way of knowing how he feels about Sarkar. However, a source close to Vijay reveals the Superstar is preparing for a plunge into active politics.
“Sarkar is Vijay’s most political film to date. It features him as a social cleanser. The same role has been played very successfully by Mahesh Babu in the Telugu hit Bharat Ane Nenu and Vijay Deverakonda in the Telugu film Nota. While these two actors playing politicians, had no political ambitions in real life Vijay most decidedly wants to use Sarkar as a steppingstone to a real-life career in politics,” says a co-actor of Vijay.
Going by the frenzy generated at the advance booking counters forSarkar, Vijay was definitely on to a potentially massive success. But seeing the way the film has been received it would be a miracle if Sarkar breaks even.
The main problem, say trade experts, is with the film’s pricing.
Sarkar has been sold for theatrical release at an unheard price of Rs 80 crores. Unheard of in the South, that is. Recovery on that budgetary level is next to impossible, even if Sarkar becomes Vijay’s career’s biggest hit, which it is likely to be.
A colleague of Vijay, himself a huge star in Tamil Nadu says Sarkar is no more than a promotional vehicle for its leading man,
"You can see in every frame that Murugadoss is in love with his hero. And that isn't best motive to make a film," says Vijay's colleague.