I do know Ram Gopal Varma for an extended time than I do know virtually anybody else within the movie business, besides Shabana Azmi and Sanjay Leela Bhansali whom I’ve been mates with for for much longer. These two aside, Ramu is a pal who has come dwelling many occasions. We grew to become mates quickly after Satya was launched. Again then he was seen as the perfect factor to have occurred to Hindi cinema since R D Burman. The entire business was in awe of the uncooked. Ramu couldn’t care much less. To him, Satya was simply one other movie that acquired a super-cult standing. “I labored tougher on Daud. And have a look at what occurred to that!”
In his self-definition of creativity, Ramu is a real democrat. To him, there is no such thing as a distinction between Shiva, Satya, Firm, Kaun, Bhoot, and Rangeela(no doubt the pillars of his repertoire) and the torrent of moist blankets that fell on us from the later a part of his profession: Aag, Phoonk, Darling, Not A Love Story, Division(this one wasted the Sanjay Dutt-Rana Daggubati mixture) and the unending torrent of rubbish which he has unleashed on us for the previous 15 years.
Ramu is unstoppable. That he makes films is a mere coincidence. If he had been manufacturing security pins his output could be simply as prodigious. Ramu is unstoppably prolific. He’ll make movies for the massive display screen, small display screen, telephone display screen..something in any respect so long as he has a story to inform. And he won’t ever run out of tales to inform. Ramu has a genuinely wholesome curiosity within the lives of others. He doesn’t probe into your non-public affairs. However he is aware of what’s getting into others’ life.
There’s a lot that I discover extraordinarily annoying in Ramu. His fixed makes an attempt to shock and fire up an argument by needlessly needling the sacred cows. There isn’t any manner he can declare to be unaware of the impact his shock discuss and questionable motion would have on the ethical police. He knowingly courts controversies by making provocative statements.
However there may be one high quality that makes me ignore all his failings. It’s his respect for ladies. In all of the years that I’ve recognized him, I’ve by no means heard him discuss cheaply about any lady. His identify has been linked with a number of actresses. However he has by no means given me any purpose to consider he was seeing any actress past the units.
How opposite to the derogatory tone many filmmakers make use of to explain their main girls after they suppose nobody is listening. I nonetheless flinch when I bear in mind a hotshot producer describing a feminine famous person by a derogatory time period.
I had shared this incident with Ramu. “Why would he name her that?” Ramu had questioned genuinely puzzled. I assumed was such an honest factor to say. You might have your individual opinion about Ram Gopal Varma, the filmmaker. You might suppose his cinema sucks, and it’s possible you’ll be proper. Ask him if he cares! However the actual Ramu is nothing just like the movies he makes.
As he turns a 12 months older, I bear in mind his outdated birthday chorus, ‘What’s so completely happy about your birthday? It’s a reminder that you might be inching nearer to dying.’ Okay then.
Ramu’s phrases of knowledge can be as repetitive and annoying as his current movies. However nobody can deny his unflinching honesty. He is aware of he can by no means make one other Satya. He isn’t making an attempt to.
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