Ram Gopal Varma is confident about his upcoming film, Sarkar Raj. Now here is a man who has always sounded positive about his movies, regardless of whether the man behind the camera is him or his spot boy, driver or an office boy! He was confident about Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, he was confident about Nishabd, he was confident about Darling and he was also confident about Shiva.
So what really makes one believe the words coming from Ramu are indeed sincere when he talks about Sarkar Raj? Well, of course, the vintage factor which makes one nostalgic about Sarkar, his last bona fide success.
Laughs Ramu, "You tell me, how much can I actually go wrong with Sarkar Raj? I am making a movie which takes its setting and characters from a film which has already been largely accepted by the audience over the years."
Tell him that it indeed is the case since the Nagres did turn out to be household names after the release of Sarkar and he adds on, "See, Sarkar was liked by quite a few people. The box office itself is witness to that. The subject was lapped up well while the characters were appreciated. People wanted to know what more happened in the lives of Subhash Nagre and Shankar Nagre, the characters played by Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan respectively."
So how does he delve into the journey of the family from this point on? "When power changes hands, a lot of things happen. And in case of Sarkar Raj, the third dimension comes in the form of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's introduction too. All of this does lead to quite a few volatile situations in the film", hints Ramu. "My characters are all set so it saves me a lot of time (and some raw stock) to establish and introduce them to the audience. All I have to do now is tell them what happened once Shankar started calling the shots."