We’re all familiar with disclaimers before films, stating that they bear ‘no resemblance to any person living or dead and any similarity is purely coincidental’. While trailers and promos are usually spared this safeguarding exercise, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has asked the makers of ‘Sarkar 3’ to make an exception.
Ever since the political franchise with Amitabh Bachchan as the protagonist aka Sarkar has kick started, audience have often drawn parallels between his character as well as one of the most influential politicians of Maharashtra, Balasaheb Thackeray. And now we hear that some of the dialogues as well as the scenes in the trailer that was shown to the board resembled the late politician. Hence, in a unique move of sorts, the CBFC has demanded the need of a disclaimer even for the trailer. The disclaimer in question would be a normal one that is often used in the beginning of every film wherein the filmmaker states that the film doesn’t resemble any character living or dead and any similarity is purely coincidental.
A source said, “The CBFC felt that the scenes and dialogues of the trailer of this Ram Gopal Varma film, starring Amitabh Bachchan as the protagonist, bears an uncanny resemblance to the Thackeray family and so, a disclaimer is an absolute must.” Parallels were drawn between Subhash Nagre (Big B’s character) and the late Balasaheb Thackeray in the first two instalments – ‘Sarkar’ (2005) and ‘Sarkar Raj’ (2008). “The board didn’t ask for any disclaimers for the trailers and promos of the first two instalments, but they deemed it essential this time around, as ‘Sarkar 3’ is coming after Balasaheb’s death in 2012.”
Varma said, “Sarkar was considered to be based on Balasaheb and the CBFC was concerned that ‘Sarkar 3’ would be perceived as being based on the present situation of his family. It’s normal for the board to be cautious in case someone raises an issue. They wanted to put an end to the speculations.”
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