Amitabh Bachchan returns as angry man

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Ram Gopal Varma had earlier confirmed to Mirror (April 20) that eight years after Sarkar Raj, he would be reuniting with Amitabh Bachchan for Part 3 of the franchise which he’d kickstarted in 2005. The Big B’s Godfathersque avatar as Subhash `Sarkar’ Nagre has been one of his most memorable performances and the duo has been intermittently discussing how to take the franchise forward, clear that they wouldn’t attempt it unless extremely sure of the content. “Two-three ideas were worked upon and discarded, and now, finally, we have a script we both are excited about,” says an upbeat RGV, adding that the film produced by Parag Sanghvi and Waves, rolls next month and will release in summer 2017.
The filmmaker describes Sarkar 3 as the “return of Bachchan’s anger” which since it exploded in Zanjeer in 1973 has become synonymous with the actor. RGV points out that anger against injustice, suppression and exploitation were the hallmarks of the various characters the veteran has played down the years and which have collectively made him the legend he is. But in the last decade, many directors, he rues, wanting to capture his other shades, have forgotten angry man Bachchan.
“Even I, with my understanding of his cinematic power, created only mild characters like Vijay in Nishabd and Vijay Harshwardhan Malik in Rann,” Ramu admits. “The only time I remember seeing him really angry in the last 10 years is in Sarkar. Anger is a common emotion but Amitabh Bachchan’s anger gives it a largerthan-life quality which I tried to portray in the film.”
For RGV, Zanjeer’s Inspector Vijay Khanna tops the list of Bachchan’s angry man avatars, followed by Vijay Verma, Deewar’s don, the vengeful Vijay Kumar of Trishul and the misguided Vijay Kumar of Shakti among others— characters which have impressed and influenced him as a filmmaker.
Any reason why he wants to bring back Bachchan’s ’70s avatar when he’s 70-plus?
“Anger is a state of the mind and has nothing to do with age. It comes from a sense of justice, a feeling of righteousness. For too long he’s been playing mild, complacent characters, it’s high time his much-loved anger comes back,” RGV argues, asserting that in Part 3, the scale and the negative forces of the earlier two films will pale in comparison, making the ‘Sarkar’ angrier than ever before. “Being an aam aadmi his anger will be against exploitation, oppression and injustice.”
Surprisingly, there’s not a single antagonist in Part 3. While the plot outwardly deals with multifaceted crisis in the Sarkar tradition, this time there will be much larger dramatic events and larger-than-life characters set against a backdrop of one-upmanship, criminal practices and terrifying conspiracies.
“Sarkar’s distinctive look won’t change, but given the complexity of the script, the visual style will change.”
Can Sarkar be envisioned without Bachchan? “It might be possible to make Godfather without (Marlon) Brando but not Sarkar without Bachchan,” he asserts. “Since he arrived on the screen some 40 years ago, we haven’t seen a single actor who has his kind of presence, personality and charisma.”

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