“Justice is their crime” reads the tagline on the first look poster of Ram Gopal Varma’s next film Department, which is going to showcase the relationship between under world organizations and police department. “Real Men, Real power..that about sums up ‘Department’ for me”, RGV commented the poster on Twitter and explained later, “The idea behind the poster is to project a thought of ‘Enough of boys…The men are here, real power comes from real men’.”
Department is going to provide gripping action, drama, dialogues and men at their most powerful and raw, and is said to be based on realism rather than fantasy. The three male leads are Amitabh Bachchan who plays a politician turned ex-criminal, Sanjay Dutt who plays a bad ass cop who wants to destroy under world mafia, and Rana Daggubati who plays a cop who is a sub-ordinate to Sanjay Dutt. RGV explains, “The character Sarjeroa played by Mr Bachchan represents a Machiavellian character, whose power lies in his manipulation and deception. The character Mahadev played by Sanjay Dutt represents an ultra dynamic character whose power lies in his dual personality which he very successfully hides. The character Shivnarayan played by Rana Duggabati represents a shoot first and talks later kind of a character, whose power lies in obedience to people who he respects!”
Other members of the cast are Abhimanyu Singh as a cruel criminal, Vijay Raaz as a mafia don escaped from police custody, Madhu Shalini as a female gangster and Rana’s love interest, Mohan Babu’s daughter Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna as Sanju’s wife and, not to forget, Nathalia Kaur in the much-awaited item number “Dan Dan” choreographed by Ganesh Acharya. Soundtrack and background score coordinator Devansh Patel reported from the sets, “Our minds have been inflexed by lots of item songs and their item girls over the last two years but this one is from another league. As Nathalia grooves to the ‘Dan Dan’ song, she brings along a never before seen sensuality and vigour to her performance – a combination so lethal that men will certainly have to take a second birth to understand the concoction of this half Indian half Brazilian Kingfisher Calendar 2012 supermodel.” RGV raved, “I frankly have not seen a girl in the last ten years with more grace and expression along with an angel like body and a classically beautiful face than Nathalia Kaur.”
RGV also promises, “Department is being shot in a format that no one has seen before in India. The camera angles are completely new for Indian cinema.” Even Amitabh was impressed when he tweeted from the sets: “Another day at ‘Department’ and RGV’s 5D technology … cameras everywhere, in every corner and space and no DOP ..!! Fascinating.”
The Official Fanpage on Facebook “JoinTheDepartment” already provides a storyline: “Alarmed at the hitherto unseen escalation in underworld criminal activities some top officials including the home secretary, the home minister, and the director general of police hold a secret meeting in which they take a decision to create a new unit which is unofficially referred to as ‘The Department’. They summon a man (Sanjay Dutt) who had a certain reputation in the police to head ‘The Department’ and he in turn choses a team to assist him. This man and a protégé (Rana Daggubati) of his from the team emerge in the front line of the department’s operations and under the tutelage of a gangster turned politician (Amitabh Bachchan) in no time literally finish off the underworld but in the due process they become the underworld themselves. ‘Department’ is going to be primarily about the circumstances under how these two men were parented and about their deadly relationship with each other.”
So let’s look forward to May 18 when Amitabh, Sanju and Rana become “legally illegal”.