Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sarkar Raj

After inadvertently exposing my younger sibling to the distinctive worlds of sexy stoners and dead Romanian fetuses, I let him pick a film for our recent brotherly bonding outing, much to my ballyhooed Bollywood joy.

"Sarkar Raj" a sequel to a successful precursor, "Sarkar" (an homage to Coppola's "The Godfather") is a slick, stylized crime film that comes with all the bells and whistles of your customary drama, albeit set in India.

I'm far from being adequately capable of waxing poetic about the nuances of Bollywood film, but "Sarkar Raj" was a visually interesting and fun film for the most part, from the attractiveness of the cast, to the Michael Mann-ish flourishes in cinematography and tone.

Seeing the interplay between real life husband and wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan and Abhishek's father Amitabh Bachchan was a fun dynamic, sort of an Indian Brangelina, if Pitt and Jolie made an ill-fated "Mr. and Mrs. Smith II", with Jon Voight as a curmudgeonly dark overlord.

For the brave: a bootleg, sans subtitles.

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