Joginder Tuteja (DNA; March 9, 2017)

1990: Agneepath was released and it’s one of the milestones films featuring Amitabh Bachchan as a central protagonist.

2017: Sarkar 3 is set to release and Big B continues to stay on as the central protagonist.

The common factor between the two films apart from Big B? Well, Amitabh Bachchan is reuniting with his screen mother Rohini Hattangadi after a gap of 27 years. This time around, though, it appears that the two will be indulging in a bloody face-off.

Says our source, “The veteran actress played Sr Bachchan’s mother in Agneepath. It could well have been Nirupa Roy, considering the fact that she was still alive back then (and later even returned to play his mother almost a decade later, in Lal Badshah (1999). However, director Mukul S Anand thought that Rohini Hattangadi would be the right fit for the part of the mother, which was clearly inspired by Miriam Colon’s act as Al Pacino’s mother in Scarface. He managed the casting coup, even though the 65-year-old actress is almost a decade younger to Big B (he’s 74).”

It wasn’t the first time that the two had played on-screen mother and son, though. They were seen together in Shahenshah (1988) as well. Surprisingly, after 1990, the duo never shared screen space.

“Ramu (Ram Gopal Varma) wanted something different for his cast of Sarkar 3, though,” our source adds, “Since the film is set in Maharashtra, he needed a lady with a very strong screen presence and excellent command in anything and everything related to the state. In the film, she is playing a character that goes by the name of Rukku Bai Devi.”