Ram Gopal Varma is a man on a mission. He says he is a new man every day. There is a new thought in his mind every moment. What’s more, he hardly worries about the commercial fate of his thoughts, which take the shape of films. “I couldn’t understand all that ire over
,” Varma says with a smile. “It’s not my first flop. I have given many flops before that. Actually, the success or failure of the film doesn’t bother me.”
Work is passion
The failure of
was followed by the hype and success of
a crucial film? He immediately replies in the negative. “The point is that I’m not driven to make a film on the basis of its box-office prospect. That is something my partners and associates should think about. I’m a filmmaker, and I’m excited about making films. I made
at the same time.
had Sanjay Dutt, while
was low on star power. But
went on to become what it is today, and
Cinema, Varma feels, is about making moments. He cites
last scene, where Subhash Nagre asks his wife to call his grandson Chiku, as one such moment. The scene has been considered as the lead-in for the sequel. “It’s one of the gimmicks I keep on doing,” says Varma.
“I just wanted a point to have the
track in the end. And it suited that moment well.” It’s amazing that such a seasoned filmmaker should work in such an apparently vague manner, but Varma confirms that this is so.
“All my films are that vague. To me, cinema is about great moments, not the great story.” This carefree way of working mirrors the RGV personality.
“To my knowledge,” he says, “I’m the only one who enjoys life to the extent that I do.”
The road ahead
His next release,
, is keeping him engaged for now. Co-produced by PVR Pictures, the film is packaged very stylishly, Varma says. “Contract doesn’t deal with terrorism as such. It’s about one particular terrorist gang. The protagonist is an ordinary man,” he says.
Once again, the lead character is played by a debutant, Adhwik Mahajan. But unlike his earlier heroes, Varma has chosen to play him down. “I have learnt my lesson,” he says. “The point here is the story and the character than who is playing it.”