Director Ram Gopal Varma has been keeping a low profile these days, but rest assured he is working on multiple projects. Whether it is a high-octane martial arts film or a crime drama based on true events, RGV has been keeping busy charting out his next big venture. Although the release of his latest film ‘D-Company’ was postponed, in an exclusive chat with ETimes, the director let us in on all that he has in store, taking on social media trolls, and the possibility of another true-life crime drama based on the ongoing Sushant Singh Rajput death case. Excerpts:
“I have adapted to the Covid-19 situation well, and everything is fine,” RGV tells us as we connect over the phone to talk about his rendezvous with the underworld. Explaining his perceived absence from Bollywood, he shares, “In 2017, I released ‘Sarkar 3’. During the years 2018 and 2019, I was making a couple of Telugu films along with a huge martial arts film, which is an Indo-Chinese production, called ‘Enter The Girl Dragon’. By the time we got that started and had a couple of days of shoot left, the Covid-19 lockdown happened. But, I was able to finish that film and it will be released shortly. Apart from ‘D-Company’, in the next one month, I have another martial arts film and I am working on another one called ‘Demons’ that will also release in the next few months. So, I have been active, it’s just that I have not been releasing any of them because of the Covid situation”.
Talking about Bollywood, RGV made headlines when he went against popular opinion and tweeted in favour of actress Rhea Chakraborty, while she braved the frenzy surrounding the death of actor-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput. Sharing his thoughts about the frequent social media storms he stirs up with his tweets, he says, “As far as social media is concerned, I don’t know what happened to the Sushant Singh Rajput case, I think people have forgotten. I don’t know what happened to Rhea Chakraborty too. I think social media has become a circus. They make a lot of noise and then forget.”
Whether it is defending Kangana Ranaut or Rhea Chakraborty and slamming the ‘witch hunt’ that actresses are subjected to in the film industry, there have been times when RGV’s tweets have upset womens’ groups. When asked for his views on the matter, RGV clarifies, “I think everyone has a problem with everyone and everything going on in the world, and they just let it out on social media. I feel that a platform like Twitter is just a platform for barking dogs. I don’t think anything comes out of it. I have no idea what social media finally amounts to, like, for example, what happened to the follow-up on the Sushant case? As far as I am concerned, I just upload whatever I have to say and never read the comments. I just want to express my opinion; I don’t care what people have to say, because I am an expert in my opinion which is based on what I think. I don’t have time to think about people, who have time to think about me”.
Those following his work will know his love for making movies based on true stories, and real-life incidents. With an alleged drug trail coming to light during the investigations in SSR death case and the political powerplay, will it make for a good screenplay for an RGV film? “It might, or it might not. There are so many things to choose from, on a relative level, for me, at least. I think I might even take it up,” he says after careful pondering.
While he may have quite a few films on the cards, those waiting for RGV to reunite with actors like Amitabh Bachchan or Urmila Matondkar will have to wait more. “There is no such thing as a plan. If I have some subject matter or a script that I feel will warrant a particular actor, then I of course I will approach them for that,” he signs off.