The premiere of Rakht Charitra 2 in Malaysia has been cancelled. Suriya tore a ligament and is in bed for a couple of days.
Director Ram Gopal Varma is unperturbed. “There are plenty of events happening here. And interest in the film is peaking,” he shrugs, admitting that the promotional activity around South superstar Suriya’s Bollywood debut has been low-key. “But Rakht Charitra 2 is a serious film, we can’t promote it on TV reality shows.”
Earlier, the Tamil and Telugu versions were to release on November 26 and the Hindi one a week later. Now, all three are being unveiled on December 3. What prompted the change in strategy? Was it the lukewarm response to the Hindi Rakht Cahritra?“It’s the producer and distributors who decide on release dates. I’m just the director whose job ends after he wraps the film,” Varma retorts.
The trailer of Shabri was to be unveiled along with Rakht Charitra 2. But Esha Kopikkar’s (she plays the lead role in this ‘daku’ drama) expectations were short-lived. “There wasn’t enough time to cut the trailer. Besides, we haven’t fixed on a release date for Shabri yet,” reasons Varma.
Quiz him on his most expensive film yet, Amma, to be made in 3D, with Vivek Oberoi and Zayed Khan and Sonu Sood, to be filmed in the Congo basin, the Caspian Seas and the Amazon forests, and he says that that he will make it only after Department, his cop movie.
But Amma will bring him back with Oberoi, the protégé he fell out with after Company and reunited with after seven years for Rakht Charitra 1 and 2? “I’m no one’s mentor. I’m just a director and Vivek’s an actor. It’s a professional relationship!” he insists.
Prod him about Karan Johar and another war of words on Twitter and RGV snorts, “It’s too late in the day for that. I’m bored!”
His spirits rise when you bring up the subject of RGV Exotica, a cocktail named after him. “It’s nice,” he smiles. “A mix of gin, vodka and rum. And a first for a director.” Hic, hic, hooray!