Verma thinks that in realistic films, the audience is bound to draw inference from an element or a character existing in real life. "This is the pschyological aspect," he said. Verma said that the sequel is an intense political drama and is essentially a study of power. It explores the politics of development and takes a fresh look at the tradition versus modernity debate. In 'Sarkar Raj', Sarkar (Amitabh) takes a backseat while his son Shankar Nagre (Abhishek) holds fort. Aishwarya, who plays the CEO of Sheppard Power, an international power company, brings a proposal to set up a power plant in rural Maharashtra. An insightful Shankar is quick to realize the benefits of the power plant. After convincing Sarkar (Amitabh) who is against it for various reasons, Shankar undertakes a journey along with Aishwarya to the villages of Maharashtra to mobilize the support of the masses. However, things are not what they seem, and Shankar's dream project gradually becomes a political minefield. It is in this backdrop that the evil forces mushroom and gang up to bring down Sarkar's regime and obliterate Shankar's name from the political horizon.
Amitabh, while speaking on the occasion, said he has
always been an admirer of Ramu's work and being a part of 'Sarkar' was
an historic moment for him. "Working in 'Sarkar Raj' was naturally a
happy moment because I get to share screen space with Aishwarya and
Abhishek. Working with family has its advantages and disadvantages. It
is a test not just for the actors concerned but also the filmmaker who
has to do justice to all the three roles," the actor noted. Big B said
Ramu as a filmmaker had provided him an opportunity to challenge
himself as an actor. He thinks that even if `Nishabd' and `Aag' failed
at the box office, nobody could have challenged his acting the way Ramu
did. Verma also wants to work with Jaya Bachchan if a good script comes
up. "Recently, I saw the film `Uphar' on television and felt that I had
never seen a better performance," he said.
When asked whether she essays the role of Rebecca Mark, the CEO of Enron, in 'Sarkar Raj', Aishwarya said that her role is based on Ramu's script. The actress is currently at Miami where she is holidaying with hubby Abhishek to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Abhishek said his father does not act, but lives the roles. "He makes me feel how inconsequential I am as an actor," he said. - (SAMPURN)