4 similarities between Rajesh Khanna’s Riyaasat and Amitabh Bahchan’s Sarkar

4 similarities between Rajesh Khanna’s Riyaasat and Amitabh Bahchan’s Sarkar

The first superstar of Bollywood essays the role of a Don in his last film

While similar posters of different films is not a new phenomena in Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna’s Riyaasat and Amitabh Bahchan’s Sarakar strikes many similarities that we couldn’t ignore. Have a look…

Don’s who are loved by the people: While Amitabh Bachchan essayed the role of Balasaheb Thackeray in Sarkar and Sarkar Raj, Rajesh Khanna’s role in Riyaasat seems to be on similar lines. In their respective films, Subhash Nagre (Amitabh Bachchan – Sarkar) and Sahab (Rajesh Khanna – Riyaasat) struggle in the interest of their followers and it is the people’s support which makes their characters larger than life.

Poster: If we look at these posters closely, it is the same concept of Sarkar which the makers of Riyaasat have used. Dark background, intense looks and a French beard make these posters similar in many ways.

Storyline: In both the films, the lead protagonists struggle to establish their supremacy. Both these characters are a people’s favorite and fight with the evil power to maintain preeminence amongst their subjects.

Image changing roles: While Kaka was known for his romantic characters, Big B too played the chocolate boy roles during his hey days. From romantic roles and an angry young man image, Rajesh and Amitabh swiftly moved to playing characters roles which suited their age and stature.Subscribe to me on YouTube


  • A.K. Roy

    I may point out few mistakes of the writer here:

    i) Amitabh was never able to perform a chocolate boy roles in true sense. His basic career was based on Angry Young Man typed roles.

    ii) As usual in Sarkar or any of his 2000 old aged roles including Black, he looked the same Angry Old man whose style resembles the angry young man of 70s.
    iii) But in case Rajesh Khanna, throughout his career he portrayed vast range of characters with perfect characterization power right from a Air Force Officer to a Ricksha puller or gardener or a cook or a flower seller to a rich arrogant multi-millionaire (Dhanwaar, Amar Deep) or a old aged motor mechanic (Avataar) or a perfect retired rly. staff (Amrit).
    iv) As such in Riyasat as Saheb he has certainly characterized as a powerful Don with completely unique manner which must not be similar to his any earlier characterization. this really deserves for this ORIGINAL SUPERSTAR and an ACTOR PAR EXCELLENT.