This movie demonstrates that Indian film-makers, even if by inchworm steps, are moving away from their archaic song/dance movie-type, and towards the more modern, less emotional, smoothly-flowing, Western movie-type.
Sarkar starts out with a short tribute from the director to The Godfather, saying that he was influenced by it, the first sign of an unusually Western movie. The movie starts out by introducing the audience to the idea of the Sarkar (played by Amitabh Bachchan), and his gang, who help out the commoners in getting revenge on their various enemies. The movie isn’t as predictable as the usual Indian movie, and has less lovey-dovey elements to it, though, because no Indian crowd can be satiated without it, there is a brief love story which ends incompletely. The basic gist of the movie, is that following a series of plots and schemes by the rival gang, Sarkar is put in jail. His son gets him out of jail and has revenge on the rival gang. There is some more to the plot, such as a bad son who turns on the father and tries to kill him in cooperation with the rival gang. This movie is a large step for Indian movie-making, but it remains to be seen if other directors will embrace or throw away this new format.