Rebutting speculation that Aishwarya Rai is having "second thoughts" about doing Sarkar 2, Ram Gopal Varma says the actress is very much part of the film, which goes on the floors sometime in June.
All the three lead actors - Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya - have
already given dates for the film.
"Amitji, Abhishek and Aishwarya have confirmed their dates. There's no question of Aishwarya having second thoughts. She has heard her role and then consented. She plays a very strong character, far more than the women in the first part of Sarkar," Varma told IANS.
"You could say Aishwarya is as much a part of the central drama as the Bachchans. I went to her because I needed a leading lady of her stature. I wouldn't waste my time and hers offering her a role that anyone else could do," he added.
Written by Abbas Tyrewala, Sarkar 2 carries the story of the desi Corleone family forward.
"But you must understand Sarkar 2 won't be akin to Godfather 2 in the sense that it won't have the son taking over the family business from the father. Amitji will continue to be a powerful force in the drama.
"I had openly acknowledged my debt to Francis Coppola's The Godfather. Sarkar wouldn't have been possible without The Godfather. But Sarkar 2 will owe no debt to Godfather 2."
Elaborating on the plot, Varma says Sarkar 2 will go into the politics of rural Maharashtra and into the power corridors of Delhi.
"For your information Sarkar 2 was conceived with Amitji and Abhishek even when Sarkar was being made. Finally, the audience doesn't care where a film comes from."
"If Lage Raho Munna Bhai has done well it's not because it's a sequel, but because it's a terrific entertainer. I don't want audiences to come to see Sarkar 2 only because they liked the earlier film."