Dec 2, 2008

Ram Gopal Varma's Taj Tour

‘I didn’t do it consciously’
As usual, RGV is embroiled in yet another controversy. He talks to Hyd Timesabout walking into the Taj on Sunday after the blasts

Ram Gopal Varma's Sunday visit to the Taj along with actor Reitesh Deshmukh, has raised a public outcry. "Is it a picnic?" some questioned, while others raised doubts why 'a film director who specialises in films dealing with the underworld' was present there. Hyd Times speaks to RGV, for whom controversies are a way of life

In view of your visit to the Taj, do you think you have overstepped?
Being at the Taj was incidental, I did not do it consciously. I was there with Riteish (Deshmukh) at that time. I think the whole thing is being blown out of proportion. I have anyway not seen anything more than what was already shown in the media.

What’s your overriding fascination with terrorism?
Once again I make it clear, I have no intentions of making a film out of this incident.

Are you going ahead with your film, Rakta Charitra on the Rayalseema faction feud? Has Moddu Seenu’s death added a new twist to your story's plot?
I am going ahead with the film. Like any other person, I was shocked by Seenu's death. The cycle of violence is continuing and the basic principle that those who live by the sword die by the sword, will not change.

Is Sarkar III still on the cards?
Not really.

Will your film on the media, in some way reflect the media coverage of the Mumbai terror incident?
The film's titled Rann – A News Story and the shooting will start in January. The star cast includes Amitabh Bachchan, Riteish, Sudeep, Paresh Rawal, Rajat Kapoor, Raima Sen, Manisha Koirala, Gul Panang and Mohnish Behl. The script of the film was finalised two months ago, so my using instances of media reporting on the recent incident is out of the question.