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Ram Gopal Varma, the maverick filmmaker of films like Satya, Sarkar and Rangeela, says that's he doesn't think the brand name Satya will help his upcoming film Satya 2 in any way as they are two different movies.
The director, who's known to make gangster and horror movies is also geared up to delve into a whole set of new genres - adventure comedy, love stories and relationship dramas. What's more? After Satya 2, RGV is ready with a martial arts film.
Parmita Uniyal caught up with Ram Gopal Varma ahead of Satya 2 release on November 8.
You discovered a fine actor like Manoj Bajpai with Satya (he got recognition with this film). Do you see the same potential in Puneet Singh Ratn who's playing the title role in the Hindi version of Satya 2?
First of all I don't believe in comparing actors because each of them are doing a specific role given to them and that too in the context of the film as a whole. Talking only of Puneet, I believe he has done an unbelievably convincing job of portraying such a complex character in Satya 2.
Will Anaika Soti prove to be the next Urmila Matondkar. What are her strengths as an actress?
I was not intending to launch any actor to take anybody's place. Anaika has a very natural screen presence and a girl-next-door kind of looks. She has a lot of spontaneity which comes across wonderfully on screen.
Are you trying to cash in on the brand name of Satya, since this is not exactly a sequel. Any particular reason, why you decided to name the movie Satya 2?
Conversely, trying to cash in on a brand name can actually become a baggage. There are thousands of people who keep coming to Mumbai from all over the country, some of them become businessmen some professionals and some artistes and also some of them become criminals. So if Satya was the story of a man who got off a train in 1998, Satya 2 is the story of a man who gets off a train in 2013. I named it Satya 2 because of the thematic similarities.
Which film do you consider your finest underworld film and why?
I would personally think both Satya and Satya 2 though they are very opposite in their nature. Satya was a tragedy right from the onset whereas Satya 2 I think to an extent is an inspirational film. The protaganist of Satya 2, I believe is the strongest and the most unique character I ever created on screen so far in my career.
Do you miss working with Urmila Matondkar. Your team has delivered many successful films.
Whenever I think I have a script and role which I think will suit her I will approach her.
What's the status with Sarkar 3? What is the final cast and how different it is with the previous installments?
The script is still under progress.
Rangeela was a complete entertainer. We are yet to see another movie like that from RGV's camp.
I'm actually very keen to do a love story now and I am already working on a story.
Karan Johar considers twitter conversations with you as fun. What about you?
I have always maintained that I never ever said anything derogatory about him and whatever I said were back handed compliments which were twisted by certain sections of the media.
You have experimented a lot with your films - be it camera angles, genres, treatment or starcast. From Rangeela, Satya, Road, Bhoot to Rakta Charitra, how has your filmmaking style evolved?
Any making style eventually evolves from the complexity of the subject matter and the kind of characters it deals with.
How do you cope with your flops (experiments gone wrong)?
By getting busy with the next film.
Do you hope to explore more genres apart from the ones you have experimented with?
Yes, I want to now venture into genres other than horror and gangster films like adventure comedy, love stories, relationship dramas etc.
What are your upcoming films?
Work is on for a martial arts film which I always wanted to do.