Power tripExtended trailers of the next big Ram Gopal Varma film Sarkaar have appeared on air. The Factory always has approached film promotion in interesting ways. So while on one hand RGV invokes The Godfather with any talk about this film, the stills and trailers of Sarkaar show more than a passing visual reference to Bal Thackeray and family. Which is great for building interest and expectations.
The long trailer that's doing the rounds of music channels is designed to enumerate the cast. So while we're waiting, it's good fun to pair them off against The Godfather. The little B is obviously Michael, and has (surprise #1) Katrina Kaif as company as Kay. The talented Kay Kay (unintentional coincidence with Diane K's Adams of course!) steps into RGV world as Sonny. I don't know who new-Factory-staple Rukhsar is paired up against. Or is she the Smita T reference? Supriya Pathak is a lot more believable as Mrs. Sarkaar than the likes of Shefali nee-Shetty/ex-Chaayaa/now-Shah opp. the Big B. (surprise #2 is) Tanisha seems to be Connie. So RGV sees something worth exploiting in the surprises. Let's see. Good to see the guy who shone as the MLA Velankar (not S. Amrapurkar of course) in Ab Tak Chappan. Fringe characters repeating in larger roles subsequently is of course a RGV trademark.
Amitabh Bachchan gets a separate paragraph to himself, for subtly changing over to a more aggressive and how-do-we-say-it taamasik character. Despite the cliché, he looks different. Will he be bumped off in the middle of the film? I think not.
No full-blown songs shown yet, just a snatch of a theme that goes Govinda Govinda. More points to the RGV marksheet if he's had the guts to not spill songs about. (Though the inev. item song may surface soon).
We will of course soon find out what Sarkaar is all about. RGV has to hardly market the film with such a cast, but I've already jumped into the hype-machine. Can't help it - the mouth waters so much.