Sarkar Teaser breakdown: Corporate criminal Vijay takes on the political system
Sporting a greying beard, the refreshing new-look of Vijay, in dapper suits and aviator glasses, fits the description of an international business mogul
The first thing that struck me while watching the Sarkar Teaser was that AR Rahman's CEO in the house track feels way better in the teaser than it did as a standalone track. Probably, it is right what they say about AR Rahman and slow poison. Coming back to the teaser, the visually-rich 93 seconds begins with Varalaxmi Sarathkumar's voice-over that introduces Vijay in the backdrop of the colourful and vibrant Las Vegas.
Referring to Vijay as a corporate monster, she goes on to explain how he vanquishes every enemy in every country he visits. An ominous introduction for a character, which clearly has grey shades. Sporting a greying beard, the refreshing new-look of Vijay, in dapper suits and aviator glasses, fits the description of an international business mogul.
The vast resources at the hands of Vijay's character is established by him flying around in private jets, and being surrounded by security personnel and the police. Considering his travails in other countries, the media seem to be questioning his intentions about visiting his motherland, and Vijay explains that he is here not to acquire any company but just to exercise his democratic right to vote. Everything in Vijay's present journey to India in Sarkar seems to be revolving around elections, as he also meets leading lady Keerthy Suresh in an election booth.
The teaser then shifts gears with Vijay shown sending henchmen wearing crisp whites into the orbit in stunt sequences that indicate he is taking on the politicians of the state. A dialogue suggests that his vote has been cast by someone else and that seems to be the trigger for Vijay's actions in Sarkar.
Considering the costume choices for Radha Ravi, it is safe to assume he plays a politician, whose look seems to be inspired from the former Maharashtra CM and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar. And is Varalaxmi, who began the teaser with a voice-over introducing the actor, fondly called Thalapathy by his fans, enacting the role similar to Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule? Also, considering her interaction with him in a later scene, does it mean Varalaxmi is playing the politician who stands by Vijay? Or, is it a double cross, considering the slew of negative roles she seems to be playing nowadays with consummate ease. She seems to be playing an intriguing character.
We are slowly introduced to the core of the plot where Vijay seems to orchestrate a public uprising against the status quo present in the politics of the state. He is seen transforming himself into a messiah of sorts for the cause of the common man.
The teaser ends with Vijay urging the people to find a leader, from amidst them, and change the political system from the inside without waiting for things to change from the outside. Doesn't it sound similar to his politically-charged speech at the Sarkar Audio launch? Is Sarkar a film that will finally give concrete shape to Vijay's political ambitions, if any?
Well, on Deepavali, all these questions and much more will be answered when the AR Murugadoss-directed film hits the screens worldwide.