While Indian cinema and its lovers are thankful to Ram Gopal Varma for discovering some fine talents like Manoj Bajpayee, Urmila Matondkar, Kay Kay Menon and films like Shool, Rangeela, Satya, Sarkar, and Rakta Charitra, among many others — it is the same audience that wonders why the fire is missing in RGV in the last couple of years as several of his Bollywood films failed.
The National Award-winning filmmaker, who is gearing up for his next release titled Dangerous said: “Look, I am the same filmmaker who is interested in telling a story that intrigues me at that point of time to make a film out of it. Why should I invest my energy and involve so many people in the project to tell a story thinking it will not be appreciated by the audience. But the fact is, their reaction is not in my hand, but my next story is. So basically, I am the same filmmaker who is telling a unique story, and quite unfazed by the success or failure or any kind of reaction coming from the audience.”
Though it is visible that RGV has majorly gained popularity with a series of films — Satya, Company, D — that has shown the underworld of Mumbai in a never-seen-before manner, and family politics on-screen with the trilogy of Sarkar featuring the iconic Amitabh Bachchan; he also made unique stories of love with very strong representation of women. However, he says he never takes any lesson from the success or failure of his last released film.
“How can I learn anything from the last result because every story is different and I never did, I never will go by formula. I did see the success of Rangeela but the next film I made was Satya. How could I learn anything from a film like Rangeela — the stories are so different, and say, apply that to Satya because the world of these two isn’t same,” explained Varma.
His upcoming film Dangerous featuring Naina Ganguly and Apsara Rani — claims to be India’s ‘first lesbian love story’. Considering the fact that several films on lesbian relationships have been made before, including Fire featuring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, he was asked about his claim to be the ‘first’ and Varma said, “It is a different approach to the lesbian relationship.”
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