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By Subhash K. Jha, April 5, 2010 – 11:18 IST
With around 20 more days of shooting left for his bio-pic Rakta Charitra on the life of the outlaw-politician Paritala Ravi, Ram Gopal Varma is already thinking of his next film. And what better fodder for filming than the allegedly lurid life of Swami Nityanand?
Ramu doesn’t deny that the film’s title God & Sex comes in the wake of Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Sex Aur Dokha. Says Ramu, “I won’t deny that the word sex in a Hindi-film title seemed impossible before Love Sex Aur Dhokha. So to that extent, yes God & Sex is a title that owes its background to the earlier film.”
The film would be inspired by the Swami Nityanand sex scandal. But it isn’t prompted by Vivek Oberoi, a self-confessed devotee of the Swami and Ramu’s close friend currently working in Rakta Charitra.
Smirks Ramu, “Vivek and I haven’t been discussing Nityanand or the other god men and their sex lives. But I can’t deny God & Sex is inspired by the Swami’s escapades. But it’s not his sexcapades that intrigue me. It’s an image that I saw in the video of the Swami watching Hindi film songs on television. It just struck me that behind closed doors everyone from God men to gun-men is doing the same routine things.”
Though the film will be called God & Sex it won’t only be about god-men and sex scandals.
Says Ramu, “It’s amazing how powerful our country’s god-men get in the corridors of power. Whether its politics or sex people like Chandraswami and More >
Turn on, tune in, drop out… LSD breaks all norms of mainstream filmmaking. Meenal Baghel meets its director Dibakar BannerjeeBy Meenal Baghel (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 21, 2010)
// // // The sign outside Dibakar Bannerjee’s office reads: Please do not smoke in the corridor. If you must burn your lungs, walk a few steps down.
Inside the small, unpretentious office, where Bannerjee is the boss, he lights up ever so frequently.
The 38-year-old director, Bollywood’s flavour of the month, has just returned from Delhi where he picked up a national award for his 2008 film Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye, and also to visit his parents.
The influence of his growing up years in Delhi, first in the bustling Karol Bagh, then Ashok Vihar, saturate his work, making him one of the finest chroniclers of contemporary Delhi culture. His observation of a certain breed of Delhi women - talkative, with an in-your-face sensuality, and yet exuding vulnerability - is particularly astute.
But he does not want to be seen as a ‘Delhi filmmaker.’
“I think with Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (quirkily acronymed LSD) I have made a more universal film which could be located anywhere in India…I need to break out of this Delhi stamp.”Pic: Satish Malavade
The director, it emerges over the course of the interview, is wary of any form of straight-jacketing and is very much his own man, a bit of an anomaly in Bollywood, where, despite the patina of sophistication, the puppy, jhappi, More >
It’s judgement day for RGV
BINA TRIVEDI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 29, 2010)
It’s judgement day for Ram Gopal Varma. The filmmaker’s Rann which releases today might just stun viewers with its gripping drama set in the live-by-the-minute world of television journalism. But Ramu is quick to clarify, “It is not about media bashing. I’ve always said that the media exposes, and now I am exposing the media. Not necessarily bad things — but the media’s vulnerabilities, its compulsions and greed — after all, every human being is susceptible to situations and pressures and his own emotions. The film, by Cinergy Productions, shows that in the media there is often a conflict between business sensibilities and a person’s conscience. So does a person compromise on his conscience for the survival of his business or vice-versa?”
RGV’s pivotal character, Vijay Harshvardhan Malik — Amitabh Bachchan, is the owner of a value-based news channel that practices fair journalism and who reaches a point in his profession when he needs to compromise his integrity in favour of business interest. The Big B said of the challenging role wryly, “At 68, I’ll get only this kind of character role. I do not get a leading man’s role. I become ‘Bhoot’ in some movies and ‘Paa’ in some. Life will go on like this now. But I don’t think I have played a negative role in Rann. It is a powerful character. I really loved the character. Ram Gopal Varma creates characters that excite me.”
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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 1, 2010 – 00:01 IST
She is the epitome of ‘V’ulnerability, ‘I’ndian-ness, ‘D’earness, ‘Y’outh, and ‘A’ttitude. For those in the know, will surely know whom we are referring to. But for the uninitiated, she is the one and only Vidya Balan, who celebrates her birthday today. Not many know that this Gen-Next’s Dream Girl started her affair with the camera with the Malyalam movie ‘Chakram‘, a film in which she was paired opposite the southern superstar Mohanlal. And as far as the ad world is concerned, it was the Surf Excel commercial that paved the way for the ‘Excel-lent’ actress into the silver screen. And the resultant of this was the Pradeep Sarkar directed Parineeta, a film that gave Bollywood its very own Superstar in Vidya Balan.
Vidya repeated the success of Parineeta with films like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Guru, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Heyy Babyy and the more recent smash hit Paa. Vidya has everything that is required of a Diva. In other words, it becomes totally needless, to say that Vidya is definitely a Diva in the making.
Friends, please join Bollywood Hungama as we wish this Diva named Vidya Balan, a very happy Birthday!
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