On Tuesday, Ram Gopal Varma shared a video promoting the right to vote. On Wednesday, he tweets that he does not cast his vote and justifies it. So, what is his problem? The filmmaker tells Hindustan Times.
I don't ever vote because I think it's a very irresponsible thing to enforce your uninformed and ignorant beliefs on an election— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 30, 2014
On the contradiction of Tuesday's video and the next day's tweets, RGV says, "I shared the video because I liked the creativity in it. It's like admiring an ad when you are not necessarily endorsing the product."
Me not voting is not cos am not happy wth candidates but it's cos I don't know about them..that's difference between rejection and ignorance— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 30, 2014
For a filmmaker who has given us sensitive films like The Attacks of 26/11 and Rann, why should he talk about something that sends out a wrong message? Varma says that he is against the system of ignorant voting. "Media talks about votes being bought for alcohol, goodies and cash. Doesn't the attitude presume that people are not capable enough to make an informed decision? Why is there no system to educate people about the candidates and parties? All I know about candidates from my constituencies is through media," says the filmmaker.
Reacting to the fact that the information on candidates available on the internet (
), RGV says, "Is there an authenticate website where we can get information? A place where we are sure that it is not biased information? I do not know of any such place."
For all dumbos suggesting Nota,..me not voting is not cos of my rejection but it's me being responsible by not letting my ignorance b a part— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 30, 2014
"The government needs to take initiative and reach out to each and every voter to educate on candidates and parties," he adds.