In a strange twist of fate, two personalities who have inspired Ram Gopal Varma to base his movies on are no more. One died a hero’s death, while the other a villain’s, typifying the age-old adage that reality is indeed stranger than fiction!
RGV confesses that many of the dialogues from both Sarkar and Sarkar Raj are actually late Bal Thackeray’s lines and says, “Balasaheb is synonymous with Mumbai and finally with Kasab’s hanging, the city seems to have gotten its vindication. But there are plotters and masterminds who are responsible for Kasab becoming a mass-murderer. My attempt would be to delve deeper into what led to the 26/11 attacks rather than what happened, through my film,” he says and elaborates how he has gone about trying to do that. “We all think that a bad man is a mad man! We all have different facets as humans. In my film, there is a shot where Kasab is looking at the seagulls with a kiddish joy, where in contrast you cannot fathom that later, he will go on a killing spree.”
Facing a lot of flak for visiting the Taj right after the attacks of 26/11, RGV clarifies that he went out of curiosity to witness the crime scene of what was an unprecedented event. The trigger point to make the film came much later when he met his friend Rakesh Maria — who during the time of attacks was the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) — with whom he had worked on his earlier films like Company. “When I asked him what he was doing during the time of attacks, his answer was, ‘I was taking a shower’. This just goes to show the lull before the storm. Then, I met the owner of Leopold Cafe and other victims and realised that this was a story waiting to be told.”
Ask him whether Kasab’s hanging had provided him with the perfect ending and he retorts, “It is realistic cinema and not plot-oriented. Fate has handed me the perfect ending but it has even taken me by surprise!”