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‘Jealous’ Ram Gopal Varma jokes being part of ‘assassination squad’ to kill Rajamouli


In a string of tweets, director Ram Gopal Varma has praised filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli, whom he says is jealous of, and joked that he is a part of an “assassination squad” of filmmakers set to kill the ‘RRR’ helmer.

In a banter, Ram Gopal Varma asked Rajamouli to increase his security.

RGV took to Twitter, where he re-shared a video of Rajamouli in a conversation with James Cameron from the 28th Critics’ Choice Award where ‘RRR’ won Best Foreign Language Film.

He captioned it: “From Dada Sahab Phalke onwards till now, no one in the history of Indian cinema including @ssrajamouli could have imagined that an Indian director someday will go through this moment.”

“Hey @ssrajamouli U basically SURPASSED every filmmaker from #KaAsif who made #MughaleAzam till #RameshSippy who made #Sholay and also the likes of Aditya Chopras, Karan Johars and the bhansalis of India and I want to suck ur little toe for that.”

“And sir @ssrajamouli, please increase ur security because there is a bunch of film makers in india who out of pure jealousy formed an assassination squad to kill you , of which I am also a part ..Am just spilling out the secret because I am 4 drinks down.”

Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ also won India its first Golden Globe award for ‘Best Original Song’.

The film featured Ram Charan and Jr NTR in lead roles while Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgan also had special roles.

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RGV retorts to Naga Babu over tweets; critics allege YSRCP allegiance


Controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has hit back at actor Naga Babu after the latter’s attack on his recent tweets.

RGV said that Nagababu may be important for his elder brother Chiranjeevi and younger brother Pawan Kalyan but not for him.

In a video posted on social media, the maverick director also claimed that he made the tweets as a fan of Jana Sena leader and actor Pawan Kalyan. “If Pawan Kalyan is unable to understand this, it is my misfortune but more than this it is the misfortune of Pawan Kalyan for having an advisor like his brother,” he said.

RGV had last week sparked a row with his tweet after Pawan Kalyan’s meeting with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

The director accused Pawan of mortgaging the interests of the Kapu community to the Kamma community.

RGV wrote that he never expected Pawan would sell his Kapu community for Kammas just for money. “RIP Kapus and congratulations Kammas,” added the filmmaker.

Naga Babu had hit out at RGV for the tweet. He remarked that RGV could stoop to any level for his vested interest. He lashed out at leader of ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) who alleged that Pawan Kalyan is working for a package with Naidu.

RGV is known for his bitter attacks on Chiranjeevi and his brothers. His attack on Pawan Kalyan came amid efforts by the TDP to forge an alliance with Jana Sena for next year’s polls.

The director’s critics allege that he is working at the behest of YSRCP. The ruling party is said to have roped in RGV to make a film with Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s character as the protagonist.

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UP Police books RGV over controversial tweet on Draupadi Murmu


Another case has been filed against filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma for his controversial tweet on NDA’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu.

The FIR has been lodged at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on the complaint of a social worker, Manoj Singh.

Earlier, a case was registered against Varma in Telangana in connection with the controversial tweet.

In his complaint, Singh said, “…Varma had tweeted from his official twitter handle that ‘If Draupadi is the President who are the Pandavas? And more importantly, who are the Kauravas?’ The tweet is a deliberate attempt to vitiate the atmosphere which may lead to untoward incidents.”

The complainant said that religious sentiments were also hurt as the tweet portrayed the characters of the Mahabharata in a bad light and added that the post was also “humiliating for a woman”.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP), Central zone, Raghvendra Mishra, said on Tuesday that a case had been registered.

“Varma has been booked under sections 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class), 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory), 504 (intentional insult), 505 1(b) (cause fear or alarm to the public), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and also under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act,” the ADCP said.

He further said, “A probe will be conducted and statements of the filmmaker will be taken.”

After facing flak for his tweet, the filmmaker had clarified, “This was said just in an earnest irony and not intended in any other way. Draupadi in Mahabharata is my favourite character but since the name is such a rarity, I just remembered the associated characters and hence my expression. Not at all intended to hurt sentiments of anyone.”

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RGV booked for cheating in Hyderabad


Police in Hyderabad booked filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma for allegedly cheating a production house to the tune of Rs 56 lakh.

On a complaint lodged by Koppada Sekhar Raju of Sekhara Art Creations, a case was booked at Miyapur Police Station under Cyberabad Police Commissionerate.

The complainant alleged that Varma borrowed money from him for producing a movie ‘Disha’ with a promise to return it before the release of the said movie but did not repay.

The movie was based on the 2019 gang rape and murder of a veterinary doctor near Hyderabad carried out by four persons, who were later killed by police in an alleged encounter.

Raju told police that got acquainted with Varma through a common friend Ramana Reddy a few years ago.

The complainant stated that he gave Rs 8 lakh in January 2020 and another Rs 20 lakh a few days later.

RGV, as the filmmaker is popularly known, promised to repay the amount in six months. Raju said RGV approached him in February 2020 and borrowed another Rs 28 lakh citing financial problems.

The complainant told police that RGV promised to repay the total amount on or before the release of the movie but in January 2021 he later learnt that the filmmaker was not the producer of the movie.

He alleged that the filmmaker cheated him.

A case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 417 (punishment for cheating), 420 (cheating and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) was registered against RGV.

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From L.V. Prasad in ‘Alam Ara’ to RGV, the South is no stranger to crossover cinema


South Indian film industries have always been a key contributor to Bollywood, both in terms of super hit stories and crossover stars like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.

While the trend of making multi-lingual movies by the southern filmmakers and releasing them pan-India is the recent one, the Telugu and Tamil film industries had been contributing to the success of Bollywood for decades.

Successful stories in Tollywood and Kollywood always attracted the filmmakers from Bollywood. The leading filmmakers from the south also tried their hands and most of the times were successful in making Hindi movies with their own stories and a mixed star cast.

Well-known producer, actor and director L.V. Prasad, a Telugu, was one the pioneers who enriched the Indian cinema. He acted in India’s first talkie ‘Alam Ara’ in 1931 and also had the distinction of acting in ‘Kalidas’, the first Telugu and Tamil bilingual talkie, and in first Telugu talkie ‘Bhakta Prahlada’. He not only acted in Hindi and Telugu movies but also produced directed movies in various Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.

The story of Bollyood adapting to the successful formulas in south goes back to 1960s. Filmmaker Dr B. Kiran Kumar recalls that several hit movies starring legendary actors N.T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nagaeswara Rao were remade in Hindi.

Telugu language comedy drama ‘Ramudu Bheemudu’ (1964), a story of twin brothers played by legendary N.T. Rama Rao, and directed by Tapi Chanakya was remade in Hindi as ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ (1967) starring thespian Dilip Kumar. Ramudu Bheemudu was also remade in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.

‘Navarathri’ (1966) starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao in nine roles proved a super hit. Its director T. Rama Rao, who passed away recently, was seen as the pioneer of crossover movies. Many of his family drama movies were remade in Hindi.

‘Navarathri’ was made in Hindi as ‘Naya Din Nayi Raat’ with Sanjeev Kumar playing nine roles. However, it bombed at the box office. However, this did not deter T. Rama Rao. He worked with Jeetendra for Hindi remakes of at least 10 of his hit Telugu movies.

T. Rama Rao directed ‘Yamagola’ (1977) starring N T. Rama Rao, which was a big hit. He directed the same story in Hindi as ‘Lok Parlok’ (1979) with Jeetendra in the lead. The formula worked and this marked the beginning of their association.

The next two years saw T. Rama Rao directing Jeetendra in ‘Judai’ (1980), ‘Ek Hi Bhool’ (1981) and ‘Maang Bharo Sajna’ (1980), all remakes of Telugu and Tamil hits. Interestingly all the three movies had Rekha in the female lead.

‘Devatha’ (1982) directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and starring Sobhan Babu, Sridevi and Jayaprada was remade in Hindi as ‘Tohfa’ (1984) with Jeetendra playing the male lead. Based on the story of two sisters who are in love with the same man, it proved a big hit.

T. Rama Rao also partnered with Rajinikanth for Hindi remarks. Tamil action movie ‘Moondru Mugam’ (1982) with Rajinikanth in a triple role and directed by A. Jagannathan was a blockbuster. It was remade in Hindi as ‘John Jani Janardhan’ (1984) and directed by T. Rama Rao but it proved a flop. ‘Bulandi’ (2000) a remake of 1994 Tamil hit ‘Nattamai’ met a similar fate. Rajinikanth had a special appearance in ‘Bulandi’ which starred Anil Kapoor in double role.

However, biggest success for T. Rama Rao with Rajinikanth in Hindi came with ‘Andha Kanoon’ (1983) which also starred Amitabh Bachchan in an extended special appearance. It was a remake of THE Tamil hit ‘Satam Oru Iruttarai’ (1981) starring Vijayakanth.

T. Rama Rao also directed Amitabh Bachchan in political thriller ‘Inquilaab’ (1984), which was Hindi remake of the Telugu film ‘Eenadu’ (1982) starring then super star Krishna. Interestingly, the filmmaker also made another Hindi remake of the same ‘Yeh Desh’ starring Jeetendra and Kamal Haasan.

Tamil filmmaker K. Balachander is also considered a pioneer of crossover concept. In 1977, he directed ‘Aaina’, starring Mumtaz and Rajesh Khanna. It was remake of Tamil movie ‘Arangetram’ (1973), which revolves around a young woman who takes to prostitution to support her conservative but poor family. It marked Kamal Haasan’s first adult role.

Kamal Haasan went on to play the lead in several movies directed by Balachander. The filmmaker gave Bollywood one of the biggest hits of its times with romantic tragedy ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’ in 1981. With this movie, Kamal Haasan, Rati Agnihotri and Madhavi made their Bollywood debut. It was a remake of Telugu film ‘Maro Charitra’ (1978) which too had Kamal Haasan in the lead and deals with cross-cultural romance between a Tamil boy and Telugu girl. ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’ was about romance between a Tamil boy and a Hindi-speaking girl. The film is known for Bollywood debut of singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and some of the memorable melodies.

Telugu film industry watchers point out that in addition to re-making south films into Bollywood movies, many movies from Tollywood and Kollywood were dubbed into Hindi.

Well-known directors Mani Ratnam, Ram Gopal Verma, Shankar, A.R. Murgadoss gave some of the biggest hits to Bollywood.

Tamil action thriller ‘Oru Kaidhiyin Diary’ (1985) starring Kamal Haasan in dual role was a superhit movie. It was directed K. Bharathiraja and co-written by K. Bhagyaraj, who remade it in Hindi as ‘Aakhree Raasta’ (1986) with Amitabh Bachchan playing the lead.

Mani Ratnam’s ‘Anjali’ (1990), based on the story of an autistic child, and the 1992 romantic thriller ‘Roja’ were blockbusters. His ‘Bombay’ (1995) based on the 1992-93 riots too was dubbed in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam with the same title.

Shankar’s action thriller ‘Indian’ (1996) starring Kamal Haasan in dual role was dubbed in Hindi as ‘Hindustani’. The celebrated director’s romantic comedy ‘Jeans’ (1998) starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in female lead was also dubbed in Hindi. He also remade political action thriller ‘Mudhalvan’ (1999) starring Arjun and Manisha Koirala in Hindi as ‘Nayak’ (2001) with Anil Kapoor and Rani Mukerji.

There are also instances of Kollywood remaking Hindi hits into Tamil. Shankar made the Aamir Khan-starrer ‘3 Idiots’ (2009) into Tamil as ‘Nanban’ (2012).

Murgados’ Tamil action thriller ‘Ghajini’ (2005) with Suriya and Asin in the lead was not only dubbed in Telugu but he also had its Hindi remake with the same name and casting Aamir Khan in the lead. Released in Hindi in 2008, it was based on the story of a businessman with short term memory loss out to avenge his girlfriend.

Filmmaker Laxman Murari pointed out that despite ‘Ghajini’ became a hit in two regional languages, its Hindi remake was exceptional and the credit went to Aamir Khan.

Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Siva’ (1989) based on criminialisation of student politics and starring Nagarjuna was remade in Hindi with the same star cast. He made several bilingual films like ‘Raat/Raatri’ (1992), ‘Money’ in Telugu (1993) was remade in Hindi as ‘Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega’ in 2001. He also made movies in Hindi and dubbed them in Telugu like ‘Satya’ and ‘Vaastu Shastra’.

Laxman, who has been associated with the business of dubbing movies, recalled that many southern hits were dubbed into Hindi in 1980s and 1990s but the experiment did not prove successful in every case. “Lip synchronization was the toughest thing to achieve in dubbing. It was a very challenging work then. Now with several editing softwares available, dubbing has become very easy,” he said.

However, realising that just dubbing a successful South movie into Hindi is not enough, the filmmakers are going for multi-lingual movies with big budget, special effects and strong content to come out with pan-India blockbusters like ‘Baahubali’, ‘KGF’ and ‘Pushpa’.

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Ajay Devgn-Kiccha Sudeep language row: RGV says ‘north stars are jealous of south stars’


After a war-of-words kicked off between Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and South cinema’s Kiccha Sudeep on Hindi being the national language of India, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma came out with a statement saying that the “north stars are insecure and jealous of the south stars”.

It all started when Sudeep said: “Someone said that a pan India film (‘KGF: 2’) was made in Kannada. I’d like to make a small correction. Hindi is no more a national language. They (Bollywood) are doing pan-India films today. They are struggling by dubbing in Telugu and Tamil, but it’s (the success) not happening. Today we are making films that are going everywhere.”

To this, Ajay shared a strong statement on Twitter, saying: “@KicchaSudeep my brother, According to you if Hindi is not our national language then why do you release your mother tongue movies by dubbing them in Hindi? Hindi was, is and always will be our mother tongue and national language. Jan Gan Man.”

The two seemed to clear out their differences in opinion on Twitter as Sudeep shared: “And sir @ajaydevgn, I did understand the txt you sent in Hindi. Tats only coz we all have respected, loved and learnt Hindi. No offense sir, but was wondering what’d the situation be if my response was typed in Kannada.”

However, moments later Ram Gopal Varma said: “Nothing can drive the point better than ur question on, what if you answer in Kannada to a Hindi tweet from @ajaydevgn .. Kudos to you and I hope everyone realises there’s no north and south and India is 1.”

Replying to Sudeep’s tweet to Ajay, the filmmaker added: “Whether u intended or not am glad u made this statement, because unless there’s a strong stir , there cannot be a calm especially at a time when there seems to be a war like situation between Bolly(north)wood and Sandal(South) wood.

“The base undeniable ground truth @KicchaSudeep sir ,is that the north stars are insecure and jealous of the south stars because a Kannada dubbing film #KGF2 had a 50 crore opening day and we all are going to see the coming opening days of Hindi films.”

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Konda Murali: I survived 47 bullets in the body


Speaking at the trailer launch of the upcoming biopic ‘Konda’, Konda Murali had recalled the horrific assault he had faced due to political clashes in the past.

Konda Murali’s wife Konda Surekha, an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress party, had stated that her family survived horrific attacks in the past.

Taking inspiration from those dark days of the Konda family, Ram Gopal Varma has come up with the biopic of Konda Surekha, which is currently one of the most-hyped topics in Telugu.

Murali, who spoke at the event said that he survived an assassination attempt on him 30 years ago on January 26. “Despite 47 bullets being shot into my body, I survived the attempt, not for my family but for my people. The trailer for Ram Gopal Varma’s latest directorial- ‘Konda’ was unveiled at an event held on Wednesday. Billed to be the biopic of Konda Murali and Konda Surekha, the duo recalls the terrific attacks they had faced in their lives.

Murali lauded Ram Gopal Varma for his dedication, as he was in Warangal for more than 75 days just to shoot the movie ‘Konda’.

“I narrated a few things in my life. Ram Gopal Varma researched and went on, to speak with several native folks to know more about my past and how I survived the most brutal attack”, Murali said.

Surekha said, “The trailer has reminded me of the dark days when we faced the toughest challenges in life.”

“The day on which my husband was subjected to an assault, there was blood everywhere. As I recall the incident, it still feels so dark. I was shell-shocked as I saw my husband in a blood pool,” Surekha said.

‘Konda’ stars Irra Mor, who has played Surekha, while actors Prudhviraj, Parvathi Arun, Prashanth, LB Sriram, Tulasi, ‘Jabardasth’ Ram Prasad, Abhilash Chowdhary, and others appear in important roles.

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Why AP govt invited only RGV for talks?


Andhra Pradesh Cinematography minister Perni Nani and film director Ramgopal Varma are engaged in a war of words for the past one week over Twitter and TV channel debates on ongoing controversy over regulation of ticket prices in AP by YSRCP government.

Varma is strongly opposing ticket price regulation by Jagan government. Suddenly, Varma got an invite from Perni Nani to come to AP Secretariat in Amaravati on January 10 for talks on ticket pricing.

Varma himself disclosed this through his Twitter handle on Friday night. But the question here is why did AP government invite only Varma for talks on ticket pricing.

This is because not just Varma has talked about ticket pricing. Several tollywod personalities are talking about this issue for long.

Varma is known to be close to YSRCP for long. He made several films attacking TDP, Chandrababu Naidu, Lokesh and his family members besides targeting Pawan Kalyan and his Janasena party. These films were aimed to malign the image of TDP and Janasena and benefit YSRCP and Jagan.

Varma getting sudden invitation for talks on ticket pricing from AP government raises suspicion of a well orchestrated drama by Jagan and Varma to divert the issue.

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RGV and Nagababu: Previous fight and current reconciliation


Maverick director Ram Gopal Varma and mega brother Nagababu used to have war of words earlier. But it seems they have reconciled now. Details as follows.

Nagababu and RGV fight in the past:

During the pre release function of Chiranjeevi comeback film Khaidi number 150, Nagababu made surprise attack on RGV and Yandamuri for their previous derogatory comments on mega family. While Yandamuri apologised for the derogatory comments he made in the past, RGV retaliated by making series of comments on Nagababu, and commented that he is leading un-jabardast life. But RGV deleted his Twitter account after couple of days and came back to social media several months later only. Even before elections also he targeted Pawan Kalyan and mega family.

Reconciliation between RGV and Nagababu now:

Probably first time after that issue, Nagababu and RGV reconciled now. As RGV dared to question the ruling YSRCP government in the issue of movie ticket prices, entire industry is appreciating his guts. His questions to cinematography minister trending in the state now. Nagababu appreciated his comments and retweeted RGV questions.

Nagababu commented that “ You’re absolutely right… And you took the questions right out of my mouth… @RGVzoomin“. RGV responded to it by saying, “ Thank you Naga Babu Garu ..I hope more people from our industry will address this issue“.

We need to wait and see whether they will continue the same rapport in the future as well.

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Ram Gopal Varma pours scorn on AP govt on ticket price issue


Director Ram Gopal Varma has slammed the Andhra Pradesh government on the movie ticket price issue.

While no big director has spoken up regarding the issue, Ram Gopal Varma called out the AP government for imposing curbs on cinema ticket prices.

During a recent media interaction, Varma stated that the YSRCP government has been exploiting their power, especially regarding movie ticket prices.

Quizzed regarding the issue, AP Cinematography Minister Perni Nani also participated in the discussion.

The interviewer stated that the Tollywood filmmakers and heroes are exploiting their craze by hiking the prices of their movies.

To this, Varma replied, “If there is any exploitation, that is YCRCP’s way of grabbing votes from the AP voters. YS Jagan held rallies and ran campaigns to win 150 seats in the elections.”

Varma continued, “If the election campaigns are not considered as exploitation, then why is this considered? Rajamouli has earned a following, and hence people will stand in queues to watch his movies.”

As the interview went on, Varma gave logical reasoning in the favour of the moviemakers who get to decide the price of their movie tickets.

“You go to a 5-star hotel, and pay double the amount for food, ambience, and other facilities. That is your choice. As the hotel maintains a certain brand value, he has all the rights to charge as much as he feels will balance his business.”

“How can you ask him to provide coffee or food for the same rate as much as the roadside hotel. It is the same with cinema?” RGV conveyed.

“The same thing applies to the textile industry. The blazer you have worn will have a brand value.”

“You can’t go to the seller and say the material costs only this much. There is a value for the brand, which the buyer can select with choice,” Varma said.

“After using it for 3-4 days, if you return the blazer, will the seller accept it? Then why are the cinema people expected to pay back the ticket amount if the audience don’t like the films,” the ‘Rangeela’ director said.

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‘Ladki’ is my tribute to Bruce Lee: Ram Gopal Varma


Start the conversation with his cult-classic ‘Shiva’ that was released in 1990, becoming an instant hit in Tamil and Hindi, and filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma smiles, “But it was a blatant rip off of a Bruce Lee film, minus the martial arts of course. All I did was replace the restaurant (in the original) with a college campus. ‘Ladki’ is my tribute to Lee, someone who has fascinated me forever,” he tells IANS.

To be released soon, it is India’s first joint production with China and India’s first release in China after the Galwan Valley clashes between the two countries. The Chinese version of the film has been titled Dragon Girl.

The director, credited to be the master of Mumbai noir, who has to his credit major hits like ‘Satya’, ‘Sarkar’, ‘Company’, ‘Rangeela’ and ‘Raat’ among others says that his fascination for Bruce Lee goes much beyond his martial arts. “There was an underlying philosophy about the man, something that makes him immortal. It is that spirit that I have tried to capture in ‘Ladki’. The protagonist of my film is a woman because no man can come near the man I so idolise.”

Varma who has worked in multiple genres says that it is the dark side of people that has always interested him. “Normal people bore me as does normal situations and families. I have a tendency to take on something that intimidates me no end.”

Varma never went to a film school but immersed himself in foreign cinema as he ran a video library, shocking critics and audiences alike with the very guerrilla way ‘Shiva’ was made, something reinforced with ‘Satya’, post which more than 20 steady-cam rigs were imported by different production houses.

“I remember Boney Kapoor telling me that he could not believe that an outsider like me, who has never lived in Mumbai could make a ‘Satya’. I told him that is precisely the reason why I could. You see, as an outsider, I could see what the people of Mumbai took for granted. I remember being extremely fascinated when I saw the Dharavi slum, the trains, all the subways. Frankly, we had to adopt the guerrilla-style it was not possible to shoot in very crowded localities with a huge set-up. Small crews had to take two-three cameras and dive in. Of course, many cinematographers resist the steady cam saying that it cannot be balanced and the focus cannot be controlled etc. But my point is, why is it important for a chase shot to be perfectly balanced? Why is perfection so important?”

Talk to him about what he thinks of contemporary directors like Anurag Kashyap, Madhur Bhandarkar and Hansal Mehta who worked with him at one point, and he asserts, “To be honest I really don’t follow their work. I generally watch foreign films and documentaries. And this is not meant as disrespect to them. Just that one’s time is limited.”

One of the few directors who made an Indian horror movie (‘Raat’) that actually managed to scare the audiences, during the era when ghost films came across as comic, he feels that it was the subtlety of ‘Raat’ that did the trick. “I do not believe in over-the-top. Also, my references and contexts from the very early days have been Hollywood. So obviously, horror for me would be ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The Omen’.”

Even as small film schools are mushrooming all over, including in tier-II cities, Varma feels that the very concept of formal education in cinema is outdated. “During my time, we didn’t have access to film tools or the industry to understand the technical side of the craft. Today, in this age of the Internet, you can learn a lot yourself. Someone sitting in a remote corner in Uttar Pradesh can make a film with the quality of what a so-called Bollywood guy would make. The technology is there, it is all about how you tell the story. We needed film schools 40 years back, not now. If you look at history, it’s extremely rare that an institute pass-out has become a director of some significance.”

Adding that the many OTT platforms we have today allow filmmakers to cater to a niche audience, he says, “Also, they prefer a very individualistic style of filmmaking. And being self-taught comes in handy here.”

Does it bother him that media which hailed him as a master after ‘Satya’ has been much unkind to him in the past few years?

“Not at all. I think that this is a cycle, and should be accepted. People like to be negative as that gives them a certain kind of satisfaction. And that holds true for me too. Also, the fact that I seem to be completely radical in my approach, uncaring and not politically right most of the time gives them a great chance to some heat off on me. Anyways, it doesn’t make a difference to me — I am in this world for doing what I am passionate about. It just does not matter whether they praise or criticise me. And yes, I am excited about all my films. I have told that a thousand times, but people want to hear what they want to. I have enjoyed each film of mine – every hit, every failure.”

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Finally, one sensible tweet from RGV, questioning Modi


Maverick director Ram Gopal Varma, who is known for controversial and sensational tweets, posted one sensible tweet questioning Modi on health facilities in the country. But, as always, he received mixed reaction from netizens. Details as follows.

It is known news that second wave of Corona virus hit the country hard and pulled down Modi’s image as the government could not contain the situation at appropriate time. RGV highlighted lack of medical facilities in the country and tweeted, “ Sirrr @narendramodi ji we have the worlds largest statue .We have worlds largest stadium. We had worlds largest election rallies. We had worlds largest religious gatherings . but we didnt have smallest medical facilities in 2nd wave. Will we have better in 3rd wave sir? “ . In fact RGV tweeted what was there in the minds of millions of Indians.

However, obviously Modi Bhakts criticised the tweet of RGV and blamed it on Congress party which ruled the country for decades. Some others pointed that health is a state subject and RGV should question YS Jagan and KCR if he really has guts. Some others reminded RGV, his previous statements that he has no intentions to serve people. But despite this negative comments from some, many people concurred with RGV questioning Modi.

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RGV’s bold statement about his Family


Ram Gopal Varma who delivered sensational hits during the early days of his career could not recreate the magic in the recent years. He was in news because of his controversies or bold statements on his Twitter page. The ace director never took a break and continued to work during these tough pandemic days. RGV has been posting bold pictures with the actresses in the recent months. His recent click in which RGV was spotted smooching the thigh of an upcoming actress went viral all over. He was badly trolled but the controversial director is not bothered.

During one of his interactions, RGV was asked how his family reacts to his social media activities. RGV was not hesitant and he replied saying “My family gave up long ago and they are not much bothered. They left me to do whatever I wish. My daughter feels that I am a strange being in a zoo”. RGV directed a series of web-based projects but none of them turned up impressive. RGV has a lineup of films to be released on the digital platform Spark.

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Performing under RGV’s guidance was learning the art to perfection: Anshu Rajput


Actress Anshu Rajput, who recently played the role of Haseena Parker in filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma’s film “D Company”, says that working with the seasoned director taught her a lot.

“D Company” is based on the rise of underworld and mafia don’t Dawood Ibrahim. Anshu played Haseena, who was the don’s sister and equally notorious.

Talking about working with Varna, Anshu says: “As we all know RGV is a complete institution and performing under his guidance was like learning the art to its perfection.I feel so proud, glad, and lucky to have worked with him. And as the ‘D Company’ would be a series now, I am super excited to learn many more things under the shadow of his vast knowledge of filmmaking.”

“D Company” recently streamed on an OTT platform. Besides this, Anshu will be seen in a short film, “Broken Notes” along with Mannara Chopra and Gautam Vig directed by Vikrant Singta.

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Ram Gopal Varma launches OTT platform, to stream ‘D Company’ from May 15


Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma took to Twitter on Monday to announce the launch of his OTT platform, Spark OTT.

He marks his entry into digital space with his film “D Company”. The film will stream May 15 onwards.

Sharing a video of celebrities such as Prabhas, SS Rajamouli and Prakash Raj wishing the filmmaker all the best, he wrote about how his film would be streamed on the platform. The video also had glimpses of the film.

“Thanking all the well wishers of SPARK OTT Streaming from May 15 th with D COMPANY FILM,” he wrote.

The film is based on Dawood Ibrahim and showcases the events in his life from 1980 to 1982. It was initially to release in cinemas on March 26 but got delayed.

The film will release in Hindi and Telugu.

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Reddy JAC threatens physical attacks on Varma

All India Reddy Joint Action Committee (JAC) has taken strong objection to the film on ‘Disha’ rape-murder incident in Telangana Capital in 2019. The JAC is now issuing specific warnings and threats to complicated director Ram Gopal Varma. The release of the trailer by Varma sparked outrage from the Reddy caste associations now. Their contention is that Varma is doing all this without permission from the family members of Disha.

The JAC leaders have also submitted a memorandum to the Censor Board in Telangana. It urged the board not to issue the certificate to Varma to make or release the film. Despite this, the controversial director has gone ahead and released the trailer without consent.

The Reddy JAC has now threatened physical attacks on Varma if he does not stop the film. It is almost for the first time that Varma has come into clash with the Reddy caste. He has picked up heated arguments and fights with Kapus, Dalits and Kammas by making controversial films. Varma is also known for having close links with some YCP leaders. Despite this, Reddy JAC has begun issuing serious warnings. They are even threatening to obstruct release of the film. Is this a publicity stunt or real action? Only time will tell.

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RGV completely satisfied with Powerstar


Controversial director Ram Gopal Varma manages to mint money in some or the other ways with his films. His recent film Powerstar had nothing interesting and all those who spent Rs 250 for the film are utterly disappointed. But, RGV is a happy man. The film is made on a shoestring budget and is wrapped up in less than Rs 10 lakhs. He is said to have got enough money on the first day through pay per view basis.

The film neither betrayed Pawan’s fans nor impressed the anti-fans of Pawan Kalyan. Mega fans made enough noise and some of the diehard fans even went on to make movies on RGV. But the target of RGV was well achieved by the end of Friday. RGV is planning many more satires in the coming days. His team is working hard without breaks during this coronavirus season and RGV has Murder, Coronavirus and Thriller ready for release soon.

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RGV Power star: Rude shock to anti-fans of Pawan


Maverick director RGV has been in news recently because of his movie ‘Power star’ and OU JAC leaders’ attack on his office. The film released today 11 am but gave a surprising shock to the viewers as Varma seemed to have taken U-turn and dished out completely unexpected climax. In fact, most of the viewers who booked the movie got a rude shock after watching the movie. Details as below.

This is NOT a completely negative movie on Pawan like those SSK movies on NTR:

Fans and their adulation has always been a sensitive issue in Telugu and Tamil film industries. When RGV announced Power star movie, the fans of Pawan Kalyan became very uneasy and feared what this maverick director will offer through this movie. Usually, such satiric movies end with strong negative comments on the lead role. For e.g. Gandipeta Rahasyam movie, a sarcastic movie on NTR made by Superstar Krishna, ends with a scene in which people pelt stones on NTR character. Most of the movies made on NTR by Super star Krishna as well as others between 1985-89 had similar climaxes where NTR character is either beaten up by people or flees from the country.

“Power star” not only goes soft on Pawan but also certifies his integrity:

Pawan fans also feared if Varma would give such a negative climax to their favorite star and started opposing the movie. However, as everyone knows, there are not only fans for film stars of South India but also many more anti-fans and Pawan is not an exception. These anti-fans of Pawan promoted and supported the movie in a big way in social media. But after seeing the movie they received rude shock for 2 reasons. One, the movie does not end with a negative tone on Pawan. Rather, it ends on a very high positive note on Pawan and his political future. The initial scenes that target Pawan negatively also do not cross the line. Moreover, the film portrays Pawan as an honest man who lost the elections mainly because he was misled by people very close to him. It even condemns the allegations that Pawan took the package from TDP, as alleged by his political rivals.

Negative scenes/ words on CBN and NBK:

Secondly, instead of showing Pawan in a bad light, as expected by most of the ticket buyers of the movie, the film shows Chandra Babu Naidu character in a bad light and there was a scene that shows Pawan regretting joining the hands with Chandra Babu in previous elections. This scene may not go well with fans of TDP and fans of CBN. Moreover, there is a scene in which hero Bala Krishna is referred to as ‘Bul Bul Krishna’, probably after the famous blooper of the star in which he mispronounces the words in ‘Sare Jahaa se Acha’ song.


Overall the film gives a rude shock to the viewers who expected satires on Pawan Kalyan, not only by going soft on him and certifying his integrity but also by criticizing the stars and politicians of the other party.

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RGV’s Powerstar: Every penny goes into vain


Ram Gopal Varma has been taking a dig on Pawan Kalyan for some time. His next film Powerstar is a satire on Pawan Kalyan and it released on RGV World today. The film lasts for 37 minutes and Ram Gopal Varma says that the film has fictional characters and has no resemblance with any. He picked up the look-alikes of Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan, Chandra Babu Naidu, Trivikram Srinivas and Bandla Ganesh in the film.

Powerstar narrates the afterlife story of Prawan Kalyan who gets defeated in the 2014 polls in Andhra Pradesh. All his close family members and those whom Prawan Kalyan believed will meet him after the results. Ram Gopal Varma managed to get the perfect actors for the roles and the film offers nothing except this. Ram Gopal Varma surprises the audience in the climax as he comes to give a morale boost to Prawan Kalyan. The film ends up with a hope that Prawan Kalyan will win the 2024 polls and will take the oath as the new Chief Minister of the state.

As expected, Powerstar is a pale attempt and offers nothing. Some of the episodes will impress the anti-fans of Pawan Kalyan. RGV wanted to present the weaknesses of Manasena Chief Prawan Kalyan who trusted CBN along with the speeches of TS. The film is made targeting the people around Prawan Kalyan and how he was misled by these. Ram Gopal Varma presents himself as the biggest fan of Prawan Kalyan and starts preaching him about the future.

On the whole, Prawan Kalyan will impress no section of audience and every penny spent on this film goes into vain.

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Pawan Kalyan should not take RGV seriously, here’s why…

Failures saddens and humiliates the spirit, unnerves the intellect. Currently, this is what Ram Gopal Varma, RGV as he is popularly known, is suffering from — creative and intellectual bankruptcy. After his first burst of fame ‘Shiva’, RGV had arrived. He was built for the celluloid screen and dreams. He successfully leveraged the initial taste of success with Shiva. Kshana Kshanam, Govinda Govinda, Rangeela, Sarkar, Satya and Company followed with box office registers ringing. RGV, known for the craft of filmmaking, has won several awards for his outstanding films.

More than two decades later, RGV has lost the plot big time and lost his midas touch and alienated even his most ardent fans. Bereft of fresh ideas and creativity that he was once known for, RGV has become perversely boring. Some loved, some hated while others have critically reevaluated his movies. A self-proclaimed fan of Ayn Rand and once the Fountain Head of new age cinema, RGV has lost the spark and remains derided and forgotten.

The box office is a ruthless place, the best of the directors are not immune to failures. Films flop, and even though they may not be flat out bad movies. RGV, known for his gangster movies and horror flicks, has his share of colossal flops. There is nothing wrong there. But the serious problem is when a director desperately makes movies to stay relevant.

The controversy’s favourite child today remains a poor shadow of himself, even a clown. After delivering hits, RGV couldn’t live up to his own standards and his movies bombed at box-office one after another. The big worry is not so much about box-office, where RGV was left bruised many a time. His charm faded with time. The big worry, however, is that the ‘horror movies freak-out’ has today become a horror himself. The director had squandered all his fame, relegated to a nobody in the industry. His downslide began with Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, his ambitious remake of the 1975 iconic film ‘Sholay’. Department, Rann, Phoonk, Darling, Agyaat and Contract followed. With the Department, RGV proved he lost grip in his directorial department, ‘Raan’ did not give ‘run’ for the producer’s money, he is not audiences ‘Darling’ anymore, living in ‘Agyaat’ with no big film ‘Contract’ worth his salt. It is not the movies, but RGV himself has become a dud.

His movies today border on giddy lunacy and ‘cheap flicks with sexual kicks’ like ‘God, Sex and Truth’ featuring porn star Mia Malkova. At other times he helplessly shuffles from semi-porn to what he calls ‘harebrained thrillers’. His ‘Beautiful’ was ugly. ‘Naked, Nanga Nagnam’ bared the crassness of RGV. Not over yet, RGV thinks he still has it in him.

RGV is latching on to everything to stay relevant from politics to pandemic. ‘Amma Rajayam Lo Kadapa Biddallu’, initially ‘Kamma Rajyam Lo Kadapa Reddlu’, allegedly sponsored by the YSRCP was a big joke. Then came ‘Lakshmi Parvathi’s NTR’, a movie known to have been funded by the YSRCP leaders. RGV seems to spare none, not even the virus. Cashing in on the Covid-19 situation, he came up with a Telugu film titled Coronavirus. Netizens call him ‘Reckless Genetic Virus’ (RGV). During the Corona imposed lockdown, RGV has released several movies through the pay per view model on his app and website.

But the saddest part in the entire journey of his career is RGV lost gumption. Now, he is coming up with ‘Power Star’, a satire based on Pawan Kalyan;s life with the tagline ‘The Story After The Election Result’. Everyone knows, Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan is referred to as ‘Power Star’. However, RGV claims it is not regarding any real life person. RGV named the protagonist in ‘Power Star’ ‘Prawan Kalyan’. The trailer was already released. Naturally, Pawan Kalyan’s fans are upset about the film. Fans are hitting back. Coming soon: Parannageevi.

What a fall for RGV!!

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