RGV studied in Siddharth Engineering College at Vijayawada and used a lot of his experiences from that period in Shiva. In fact, the first scene is exactly how he saw goons assault a student outside the college.
In the original script, the villain’s name was Shiva and RGV had modelled him on a goon called Radha, who he remembered from his days in Vijayawada. As in real life, RGV eventually used a woman’s name for the brutal don, Bhavani.
Before getting into films, RGV ran a video parlour called Movie House. It was very popular, though RGV had to spend a night at the police station for pirating Bachchan-starrer Aakhree Raasta. He made friends with the cops that night, studied their psychology and used it for police characters in the film.
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