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When in the pits, try blogging

india Updated: Sep 24, 2008 22:54 IST
Jhoomur Bose
Jhoomur Bose
Hindustan Times
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Blogging has given vent and voice to many people hitherto lurking in the pages of a Dear Diary somewhere. Blogs can also come back to haunt you. Formerly published literary masterpieces can look like grammatical disasters two months later. Even if you delete them (or rectify them), someone, somewhere will always remember.

Can someone be kind and point this out to ‘the’ Ram Gopal Varma of Bollywood as well? For those who don’t know or have forgotten, Mr Ramu was one of the most exciting directors in the Hindi film industry. At any given time, Mr Ramu’s favourite muse was either the underworld or his leading heroine. Till he started making inane movies, remaking his own inane movies and when that didn’t work, taking other peoples’ good movies and making them inane. It seemed Mr Ramu had run out of ideas.

Now most will tell you how when Hollywood goes ideas bankrupt, it makes movies out of comic book heroes. When that happens in Bollywood, movie-makers use Amitabh Bachchan. Once his movies stopped working at the box office, Mr Ramu did the same and began making most of his movies with Mr Bachchan. Following in the footsteps of his new muse, Mr Ramu also started blogging. And like Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Ram Gopal Varma ki blog blows hot and cold.

It’s interesting to note that two of the most reticent interview subjects — Amitabh Bachchan (bigb.bigadda.com) — and Mr Ramu — chose blogging to ‘reach out’. One did it for alleged monetary gain and the other because he had nothing to lose. Mr. Ramu’s blog reads much like what we know of him through the interviews he has given. Loves to give his point of view, loves to rubbish everyone else’s point of view and does not listen to sound advice.

While like most personal blogs Mr Ramu’s blog too is a rant against the world, justifications of moves and motives and his perspective on things, Mr Ramu has moments. Particularly when he gives his reactions to reactions and when he takes on film writer Subhash K. Jha. Sample this, “I heard you are remaking Aag. Why would you want to remake your own film?” Mr Ramu replies, “Who else would do it? A flop one at that?”