Today we are wishing one of Indian cinema’s greatest mavericks a real enigma if there ever was one and one of our most unpredictable filmmakers the industry has ever seen. . We’re talking about Ram Gopal Varma turning 58 today, but ask him how old he is, and he’ll probably tell you that he’s never past 38; well … it’s Ramu for you. The man has given Bollywood some of his most iconic gangster movie courtesy titles like Shiva, Satya, Company and Sarkar. But, for every company, there was also a contract, for every Shiva there was a department, for every Satya, a Satya 2, and for every Sarkar, a Sarkar 3. With RGV, you get either brilliant or bald – there is rarely a middle road. However, on Ram Gopal Varma’s birthday, we’d like to revisit one of his classics, Sarkar, and boost your cinematic juice with some insane anecdotes.
We were all in awe of Amitabh Bachchan’s performance as the eponymous Sarkar – as we have in most of the megastar characters – and it would be a sacrilege to even think of someone else playing the role. for a fleeting moment. But what if we told you that RGV himself designed the film years ago before doing it with someone else in mind for the titular role? The actor we’re talking about is Sanjay Dutt, and the reveal comes from the man himself in his biography, Guns and Thighs: The Story of My Life. In fact, Ram Gopal Varma had shot about 20 days of the movie as well, and that too under a different title.
Sarkar was originally to be made under the name Nayak, years before it was made under the name Sarkar. However, after filming for 20 days, Sanjay Dutt was caught in his multiple court trials and possible jail time and the film was put on hold for several years before RGV resurrected him as Sarkar with Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan. Mind blown away, right? As we mentioned Earleir: this is Ramu for you.
Anyway, I wish you a very happy birthday again, Ram Gopal Varma. WE look forward to getting back to your best form.