Ram Gopal Varma turns 58: Why the enfant horrible of filmmakers is the king of controversy

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Ram Gopal Varma&  | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspPTI

Key Highlights

  • Known for his eccentric and conceited nature, Varma, through the years, has courted controversy again and again, creating a popularity as considerably of a motormouth and management junkie
  • Varma’s filmic method and brave illustration of Mumbai’s underbelly appeared to show the trade on its head, respiration life into a brand new style
  • Varma has constantly made headlines for all of the fallacious causes in newer years

Ram Gopal Varma turned 58 today, and consistent with his personal, typically abrasive fashion, the controversial director took to Twitter to post a brief video of himself behind bars, lamenting the truth that he was confined to rejoice his birthday “all alone in lockdown,” and pleading along with his followers to cheer him up with their greetings. 

The post is fascinating notably when juxtaposed with a sequence of tweets he made 5 years in the past on the identical day, the place he known as the birthday greetings of his on-line following “fake and reasonless.” Perhaps, the contradiction between the posts encapsulates the transformation that Varma has skilled since first bursting onto the scene within the 90s, with hits like Shiva and Rangeela

Known for his eccentric and conceited nature, Varma, through the years, has courted controversy again and again, creating a popularity as considerably of a motormouth and management junkie. He wasn’t at all times like this although, as lots of his college students and contemporaries would attest to. 

Varma’s first movies fetched him immense recognition, notably for his or her gritty realism. At a second when the Bollywood trade was suffering from mushy romantic dramas and comedies, Varma’s filmic method and brave illustration of Mumbai’s underbelly appeared to show the trade on its head, respiration life into a brand new style. 

His first movie, Shiva, was at all times going to be a tough act to comply with, and the restricted success of Raat and Drohi proved that. However, Varma was nonetheless revered within the trade as a director with immense expertise, and maybe, extra notably, as an agent of change. 

Fans’ belief in Varma was vindicated when Satya, with its unorthodox digital camera angles, complicated feelings, and tropes of violence, hit the screens. What’s extra, with the discharge of Bhoot in 2003, it seemed like Varma had additionally learnt from his earlier errors and refined his abilities as a horror filmmaker. 

His disdain for celebrity names additionally gained him quite a lot of plaudits, and he has typically been credited for giving huge breaks to a bevy of then fledgling actors like Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Antara Mali and Vivek Oberoi. One would suppose then, that those who he nurtured would be thankful for the alternatives he supplied them, however for some, that does not seem like the case. 

Bajpai, one of many stars of Satya, as an example, has revealed that he felt “liberated after the break-up with Ramu.” He continued, “I feel like a woman who has just lifted her veil after walking out of her husband’s home after years of torture.” Other skills that he nurtured like Anurag Kashyap, Jaideep Sahni, Sandeep Chowta and Chandan Arora are additionally averse to working with him now. 

From his uncensored docu-drama with pornstar Mia Malkova, to gripes about him being a backseat director even when solely concerned as producer, to an countless stream of tweets that by no means fail to rub individuals up the fallacious approach, Varma has continued to make headlines for all of the fallacious causes in newer years. 

His contemporaries and followers have, through the years, pined for the re-emergence of the artistic genius that spawned movies like Company and Sarkar, however others are much less optimistic of a revival, with some contending that his focus has turned in direction of constructing his manufacturing model, somewhat than telling wonderful tales. 

Ultimately although, no matter your opinion could also be of him, whether or not its by means of the medium of movie or that of Twitter, he has proved that he’ll by no means have bother grabbing your consideration.
 

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