Sarkar Raj (Reign of the Overlord) is a 2008 Indian political crime thriller film directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film is a sequel to the 2005 film Sarkar and the second installment of Sarkar film series. The film was premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, the New York Asian Film Festival, and the 9th IIFA World Premiere-Bangkok.

Directed by Ram Gopal Varma
Produced by Ram Gopal Varma,
Praveen Nischol
Written by Prashant Pandey
Screenplay by Ram Gopal Varma
Starring Amitabh Bachchan,
Abhishek Bachchan,
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,
Dilip Prabhavalkar,
Supriya Pathak
Music by Background Score:
Amar Mohile
Edited by Nipun Ashok Gupta,
Amit Parmar
Distributed by Showman Pictures,
Balaji Motion Pictures
Release date 6 June 2008
Running time 125 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget ₹280 million
Box office ₹594.6 million

The film was archived at the Academy of Motion Pictures library. The primary cast features Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan (who reprise their roles from the original) and new entrant Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Supriya Pathak, Tanisha Mukherjee and Ravi Kale also reappeared in their respective roles from Sarkar. The film released on 6 June 2008 and was critically and commercially successful.


Amitabh Bachchan as Subhash Nagre
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Anita Rajan
Abhishek Bachchan as Shankar Nagare
Govind Namdeo as Hassan Qazi
Tanisha Mukherjee as Avantika
Victor Banerjee as Mike Rajan
Supriya Pathak as Pushpa Nagre
Sayaji Shinde as Karunesh Kaanga
Dilip Prabhavalkar as Rao Saab
Sumeet Nijhawan as Bala
Kay Kay Menon as Vishnu Nagare (Cameo from the original film Sarkar)
Upendra Limaye as Kantilal Vohra
Rajesh Shringarpure as Sanjay Somji
Shishir Sharma as Sunil Shinde
Ravi Kale as Chander
Javed Ansari as The Hitman

Awards and nominations

Star Screen Awards


Screen Award for Best Film (2009)
Screen Award for Best Director (2009)- Ram Gopal Varma
Screen Award for Best Actor (2009)- Amitabh Bachchan
Screen Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (2009)- Abhishek Bachchan
Screen Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Male/Female) (2009)- Dilip Prabhawalkar
Screen Award for Best Background Music (2009)- Amar Mohile

Stardust Awards


Stardust Award for Star of the Year – Male (2009)- Amitabh Bachchan
Stardust Award for The New Menace (2009)- Rajesh Shringapure
Stardust Award for Best Director (2009)- Ram Gopal Varma
Stardust Award for Star of the Year – Male (2009)- Abhishek Bachchan
Stardust Award for Star of the Year – Female (2009)- Aishwarya Rai

Filmfare Awards


Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Supporting Role (2009)- Abhishek Bachchan

IIFA Awards


IIFA Award for Best Actor in Supporting Role (2009)- Abhishek Bachchan


The music is composed by Bapi and Tutul. Lyrics are penned by Sandeep Nath and Prashant Pandey.

Track listing

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Chaah Bhanwar Trishna" Sunayana Sarkar Dasgupta 3:30
2. "Jalte Rawan" Abhishek Nailwal 3:02
3. "Jalwa Re Jalwa" Kailash Kher, Sunayana Sarkar Dasgupta 4:37
4. "Jhini Jhini" Roop Kumar Rathod, Shweta Pandit 4:04
5. "Saam Daam" Kailash Kher 3:29
6. "Saher Saher Ke Hajharon Sawal" Arun Ingle, Bapi, Tutul 2:49
7. "Subah" Pamela Jain 3:43
8. "The Govinda – Chant" Kailash Kher, Bapi, Tutul 2:59
9. "The Govinda – Groove" Bapi, Tutul, Jankee Parikh 3:03
10. "The Govinda – Theme" Bapi, Tutul 3:34
11. "The Govinda – Trance" Bapi, Tutul, Jankee Parikh 3:25
12. "The Jalwa – Club Mix" Kailash Kher, Sunayana Sarkar Dasgupta 4:47


In 2009 Ram Gopal Verma stated that he had no plans finalised for the third instalment in the series and shelved Sarkar 3. However, in 2012 it was reported that the sequel would go ahead once again and currently is in the pre production stage where the script is being written. The film is expected to go on floors at the end of 2013, primarily with the same cast of Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan although his character dies at the end of this film and also Aishwarya Rai is to be left out.

In August, 2016 director Ram Gopal Varma confirmed Sarkar 3. He told on his Twitter that Abhishek and Aishwarya will not be a part of the third installment.


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