Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has said that his upcoming film Sarkar Raj is based on a completely original script and has no reference point.
Speaking at the unveiling of the film's first look here last night, Varma said, "Normally a sequel begins where the first part had ended. But, Sarkar Raj has no connection to Sarkar. The scale is much bigger. If the first film was inspired by The Godfather, the second has no reference point and was a completely original script."
He felt that film's 'larger than life' quality came from the intensity of the performances of Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya.
"It is because of them that Sarkar Raj comes across as a powerful film," he added.
Even Amitabh Bachchan, who was present at the function, said that Sarkar Raj is in no way connected with either of the Thackeray family.
Varma felt that in realistic films, the audiences are bound to draw inference from an element or a character existing in real life. "This is the pschyological aspect," he said.
Varma said 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, before the Nagres.
An insightful Shankar is quick to realize the benefits of the power plant that can bring to the people. After convincing Sarkar (Amitabh) who is against it for various reasons, Shankar undertakes a journey along with Aishwarya to villages of Maharashtra to mobilise support of the masses.
However, things are not what they seem to be. Shankar's dream project gradually becomes a political minefield. It is in this backdrop that the evil forces mighter than ever, mushroom and gang up to bring down Sarkar's regime and obliterate Shankar's name from the political horizon, Varma said.
Amitabh while speaking on the occasion said he was always an admirer of Ramu's (Varma) work and being part of 'Sarkar' was an historic moment for him.
"Working in Sarkar Raj was naturally an 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. "Even if Nishabd and Aag failed at the box office and were criticised by the audience and critics alike, I feel nobody has challenged me more as an actor than Ramu," he added.
Varma said he wanted to work with Jaya Bachchan as well. "Recently, I saw the film Uphar on television and felt I had never seen such kind of performance before. If a good script comes up, I will definitely want to work with her," he added.
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 essays.
"He makes me feel how inconsequential I am as an actor," he said.