Vijay, it is said, is the biggest star of Tamil cinema after Rajinikanth. His last release Mersal made a 100 crores at the Southern box-office. Yes, he is undoubtedly the thing of the Tamil box-office. And why just Tamil? Vijay is equally popular in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. These states have scheduled round-the-clock shows of Sarkar from Tuesday onwards. The combination of actor Vijay and director A R Murugadoss is being looked on with huge anticipation as they have earlier scored blockbuster status with Kaathi and Thupakki. Says the film’s softspoken director R Murugadoss, “This is my third film with Vijay. And the one I’m most nervous about. The reason being the audiences’ expectations. We’ve worked hard to give them something exciting. We hope nobody goes home disappointed.”
Like Rajinikanth, Vijay gives no press interviews. So we have no way of knowing how he feels about Sarkar. However, a source close to Vijay reveals the Superstar is preparing for a plunge into active politics. “Sarkar is Vijay’s most political film to date. It features him as a social cleanser. The same role has been played very successfully by Mahesh Babu in the Telugu hit Bharat Ane Nenu and Vijay Deverakonda in the Telugu film Nota. While these two actors playing politicians, had no political ambitions in real life Vijay most decidedly wants to use Sarkar as a steppingstone to a real-life career in politics,” says a co-actor of Vijay.
Going by the frenzy generated at the advance booking counters for Sarkar, Vijay is definitely on to a potentially massive success. The only problem, say trade experts, is with the film’s pricing. Sarkar has been sold for theatrical release at an unheard price of Rs 80 crores. Unheard of in the South, that is. Recovery on that budgetary level is next to impossible, even if Sarkar becomes Vijay’s career’s biggest hit, which it is likely to be.