Sarkar (lit. Government) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language action drama film written and directed by AR Murugadoss, and produced by Kalanithi Maran under the banner Sun Pictures. The dialogues were co-written by Murugadoss and B. Jeyamohan. The film stars Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Yogi Babu and Radha Ravi. It follows Sundar Ramaswamy, a non-resident Indian (NRI) who arrives in India from the United States to cast his vote in the election, only to find his vote has already been recorded as casted. Ramaswamy raises awareness against electoral fraud among the masses, and decides to contest as a nonpartisian politician in the elections.
Principal photography for Sarkar began in January 2018. Murugadoss collabrated with Vijay for a third time with Sarkar, which was the latter’s 62nd film and given the tentative title of Thalapathy 62. In early December 2017, Sun Pictures agreed to produce the film. While Girish Gangadharan handled the cinematography, A. Sreekar Prasad served as the editor. In August, few scenes were shot at Las Vegas. Filming was completed by September 2018. The film’s soundtrack, composed by A. R. Rahman with lyrics written by Vivek, received positive reviews.
After various complications, including protests and allegations of plagiarism, Sarkar was released on 6 November 2018, during the week of Diwali. It received mixed reviews; while Vijay’s performance, concept and cinematography was praised, both the screenplay and sequences were criticised. Post-release, the film involved in controversies with reference to Jayalalithaa in the film’s audio track and other sequences from the film led to protests by members of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. After lawsuits were registered against the makers, the said allusions were muted. As of 27 November 2018, Sarkar has grossed ₹253 crore(US$35 million) worldwide, and has emerged as a commercial success.Sarkar is the highest grossing south Indian film of 2018, overtaking Bollywood and Telugu hits like Gold, Raazi and Rangasthalam.Sarkar collected $1 million at the U.S box office
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