This Friday starts the second-half of the year with a big bang. Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar is one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year.
As Varma's ex-protĂ©gĂ© Madhur Bhandarkar said, "Everyone wants to see what the film is about and what Ramu has done with the two Bachchans."
True. Sarkar rides the waves of tremendous curiosity. Is the film based on the life of the Shiv Sena Supremo?
Varma is neither saying yes nor no.
Written by Ram Gopal Varma's discovery Manish Gupta, Sarkar is the story of a very tense father-son relationship, almost like the friction and tension created between father and son in Ramesh Sippy's Shakti more than three decades ago, except that now Bachchan plays the father instead of the son.
Says Abhishek Bachchan, "If the audience saw us having a ball in Bunty Aur Babli, they'll now see Dad and me caught in a dramatic tension that's absolutely antithetical in mood to the earlier film."
The senior Bachchan is cast as a man who runs an extra-constitutional government, almost a law unto himself.
Known as Sarkar Bachchan is the messiah of the masses, akin to what Marlon Brando played in Francis Coppola's The Godfather.