“Sarkar” was released last week in India. The movie is inspired by Godfather and the central character was said to be inspired by Bal Thackerey. Thackerey even demanded a special screening before the release.
Two days later, Thackerey’s trusted lieutenant, Narayan Rane resigns from his post but does not leave Shiv Sena. Thackerey is forced to throw him out.
I have been thinking what an excellent movie it could make. Maybe even rival “The Godfather”.
A politically strong man builds an organization from scratch. He is aided by people who believe in him and his ideologies. He has a nephew who is a strong follower of his uncle. He is as dedicated and has a personality heavily influenced by his uncle.
The man’s son who never had a public life is suddenly made the heir. Forgetting his old friends and the men who assisted him, own blood becomes thicker than somebody else’s blood. The son drives the organization and eventually driving it from the original ideologies, in turn contradicting the very reason it stood for.
The nephew does not revolt but an old lieutenant stands up to the might of the man. People start taking sides. The organization splits into pieces. The nephew is still silent.
What a story? The man, his son, his nephew, the lieutenant, the opposition organization, the power struggle. This would be a more interesting story than “Sarkar”
The story has everything from Father love, deceit, politics, back-stabbing and much more.
Few years back, Bal Thackerey criticized Indira Gandhi for the culture of dynasty. Today in 2005, Thackerey follows the same path of Indira Gandhi by appointing his son as the Party president ignoring everybody who worked to make Shiv-Sena what it is today. Maybe Uddhav Thackerey has the leading qualities, but where was he when Shiv Sena was not a force to reckon with. He still needs to prove himself as a leader.
Whatever be the outcome of this political drama, it is evident that Bal Thackerey’s image has taken a severe beating. I doubt if Shiv Sena can survive as an organization after Bal Thackerey. Would Uddhav Thackerey be able to get the same respect as the senior Thackerey? Can the Shiv Sena keep its flock together
I have my doubts and a great movie idea. Sarkar – part 2?