Indian cinema boasts of several remarkable collaborations that are remembered for years and sometimes, even decades. The 'Sarkar' franchise is an example of the strong bond a filmmaker and an actor can possibly share. For the third part of the film, director Ram Gopal Varma has teamed up with his inspiration, Amitabh Bachchan. The film that opens this week comes nine years after 'Sarkar Raj'.
Recently, the duo had a no-holds-barred conversation for a special video, where RGV slipped into the hard-nosed interviewer's chair while Bachchan Sr took on his probing questions. The chat unveiled sides of Big B's personality that have seldom been seen before. The filmmaker called his muse the biggest liar for attributing the success of his performances to his directors and writers.
The interview features RGV and the actor discussing the process of filmmaking. They also touched upon Bachchan's entry into Bollywood and the director's first memory of the actor, their struggles and anecdotes from the sets of filmmakers like Manmohan Desai, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Yash Chopra. The conversation also veered towards social media trolls and nepotism.
Ramu says, "Mr Bachchan has been interviewed thousands of times in the last 40 years, so there would be little that people would not know about him. As a filmmaker and film patron attracted to movies primarily because of watching him on screen starting from Zanjeer, my interview will be markedly different. I tried to delve into the emotional aspects of his memories and influences. I kept the ambience conversational." The video can be streamed from today on Eros Now.
'Sarkar 3', presented by Eros International and produced by Alumbra Entertainment, Wave Cinemas and AB Corp, releases May 12.