At this rate, Ram Gopal Varma may soon take over the mantle from Salman Khan as Bollywood's biggest controversy magnet. The most recent incident involves the poster of his new Telugu film, Savitri.It shows a young teenage boy ogling at the navel of a young woman, and it has incensed women and child rights activists. Unfazed, Varma went one step further. He has also released a note, asking viewers to share stories of their first crush with him which he could use as material for the film. The press note reads: "Who is your Savitri? Please share the experiences of such Savitris, so we would incorporate them in this movie. So, Get Lucky with Savitri."
Another poster of Ram Gopal Varma's Savitri
The State Child Rights Protection Commission has reportedly termed the poster ‘vulgar’ and ‘violation of child rights’.
is, of course, not new to controversy. During Ganesh Chaturthi this year, he stirred the hornet’s nest when he tweeted about Lord Ganesha questioning many aspects of the legend.
I would really love to know from Lord Ganesha's devotees a list of what obstacles he removed in all the years they prayed to him— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) August 29, 2014
For his film Rann (2010) starring Amitabh Bachchan, the director used the national anthem for a scene but changed the words to suit the theme of his film.
In the aftermath of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the director was reportedly seen inspecting the scenes of horror alongwith the then chief minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh. Apparently, the presence of a Bollywood director in a place of such sensitivity was hotly debated in the media.
His film Sarkar Raj (2008) raised a storm of sorts when MNS chief Raj Thackeray objected to a character called Sanjay Somji (a character bearing a close resemblance to Raj) stating that the film showed him on bad light.