30 October, 2020

Ram Gopal Varma

The director’s autobiography, Guns & Thighs, is just out.

Ram Gopal Varma
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You already have written an autobiography in Telugu. Is this different?

It’s partly similar. It has more of a national perspective, and draws more from my Bolly­wood years, and has more for the audience that saw me post-Rangeela.

Are your films essentially about the gangfights you saw in college?

There are class-room influences which carried over. The psychological aspects of characters encouraged me as well.

Do directors need to be ‘master manipulators’?

The medium should exist to create a specific emotion. Yes, a fair bit of man­ipulation is required.

Do you think your tremendous output of films burnt you out?

Yes and no. It did allow me a greater variation.

You laugh about your flops in the book. Would you do them, say Aag, differently?

I think I was making a caricature of the original. This time I would take the original plot and go from there.

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