File photo: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray addresses a press conference at his residence Matoshree in Mumbai. PTI
File photo: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is seen with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a book release function in Mumbai. PTI
File photo: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is seen with President Pranab Mukherjee in Mumbai. PTI
File photo: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray honours singer Lata Mangeshkar during the Maharashtra Day celebrations in Mumbai. PTI
File photo: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray is seen talking to Sharad Pawar at the release ceremony of a pictorial biography on his life, as ...
File photo: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is greeted by BJP leader Sushma Swaraj at a meeting in Mumbai. PTI
File photo: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray attends Maharashtra Day celebrations with his son Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. AP
File photo: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is flanked by son Uddhav Thakeray and nephew and MNS chief Raj Thackeray at a press conference in ...
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray waves towards the media as he arrives to cast his vote at a polling centre during the Maharashtra state elections ...
File photo: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray shares a word with actress Madhuri Dixit during Deenanath Mangeshkar awards ceremony in Mumbai. PTI
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma says Sarkar and Sarkar Raj would not have been possible without Bal Thackeray and adds that some of the dialogues in the film were inspired by the Shiv Sena supremo.
Thackeray died Saturday.
"If Godfather was not there, I wouldn't have made Sarkar...if Bala Saheb wasn't there, I couldn't have made 'Sarkar' (sic)," Varma tweeted.
"Many of the dialogues from both Sarkar and Sarkar Raj are actually Bala Saheb's lines which I copied from what he said."
"He actually told me, Mujhe jo sahi lagta hai main wahi karta hoon!, which I copied and made Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) say it in Sarkar," he further posted.
Released in 2005, Sarkar, a crime thriller, was set in the backdrop of politics and crime.
Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan in a still from Sarkar
The film starred Amitabh Bachchan in the title role and it also featured Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Katrina Kaif, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak and Tanisha Mukherjee.
Its sequel, Sarkar Raj, came out in 2008.