Anna Hazare may have taken the entire nation by storm, but filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma does not even acknowledge who he is. "I might be beaten up for saying this, but who is Anna Hazare, and what is he fighting for? I keep hearing about him from here and there but I seriously don't care," says Varma.
He calls himself a selfish man who just cares about himself, one who couldn’t care less about the anti-corruption activist or his movement. “I don’t keep a track of what is happening in the country except the films that concern me. I am an extremely self-centred person,” says the 49-year-old.
So, it’s his latest release, Not a Love Story, which he’d rather talk about. The movie, inspired by the Neeraj Grover murder case, is earning good reviews but only after running into its share of controversy. But, RGV says, “I don’t know what this word controversy means. I have made films on topical matters throughout my career. So people have different opinions, and their sudden reactions sometimes turn into a controversy. But ultimately, nothing happens most of the times,” says Varma.
RGV’s comments supporting Maria Susairaj (co- accused in the Neeraj Grover murder) also invited a lot of criticism. “Yes, I had said I would surely like to do a film with her. Now that the court has freed her, I strongly feel she should be given a chance to make a comeback. I even offered her to watch Not a Love Story, but she has not responded so far,” he says.
Now that the movie is doing well at the box office, is he planning to donate the film’s profits to Neeraj Grover’s trust, as told by Grover’s parents? “I don’t know what trust it is. Neither do I intend to give anything to any trust in my life. I don’t understand why Neeraj Grover should have a trust… he has just been a victim in a murder case; how does that call for a ‘trust’!”