Wherever filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma goes, controversies follow. The case is not much different when it comes to his latest flick
, which is being touted as a media bashing film. Varma, however, disagrees, “I’m just exposing the media, which is not necessarily a bad thing.”
For Varma, the idea of making Rann emerged after “watching television”. “Since electronic media puts an emotional value to news, the audience tends to believe what it shows. Rann is the dramatic representation of media,” he said.
Ask him if the ‘sensationalism’ that the film portrays the media resorting to is justified, Varma says, “The moment you trivialise the news or package it dramatically, it rules out the news value. Though Rann does not offer solutions, the least I am expecting from it is to start a debate.”
One thing the controversy surrounding his revamped version of the national anthem has taught him is the real meaning of freedom. “One gets to hear a lot about freedom, but how much of it is free? I did not change my mind [about the anthem]; the censor made me change it. I am not happy about it.”