Stars and actors

 
People when told to see a particular film, the first question they will ask is “who is in it?” This is how a star is born. Because they cannot know how the film is, the least they can depend on making up their mind to see the film is the presence of a certain star.
 
The primary difference between a star and an actor is that the star is a personality. One prime example of this is Sharukh Khan. Whether he is in a commercial or doing a show or acting in a film or just being himself, he has the same charisma. From personal interactions that I had with him, I found him much more effective, entertaining and charming in person than in his umpteen blockbusters. On the other hand an actor is playing a character and it is the character which people connect to.
 
At an Awards function post Satya release when Manoj Bajpai came on stage people were screaming out Bhikku Bhai inspite of Sharukh’s presence which obviously thrilled Manoj. I cautioned Manoj after the event not to get carried away as he should realize that they are calling him by his character’s name and not his personal name. Sharukh by that time might have given 25 super hits but nobody remembers what his character’s name was in any of those films. That is the power of a star. Actors die along with their characters and stars live on.
 
Lot of people complain that Sharukh does the same kind of acting all the time meaning that he is repetitive. I believe it’s precisely because of that he is such a big star. In fact the moment anyone tries to make him do something other than being himself they will fail. Some examples being Paheli and Swades. I think it works like this on a psychological level. If you meet a person and you like him why the hell would you want him to change every time you meet him? At best you will want him to be in different situations and in different backgrounds or interacting with different people. But he himself should never change. The prime examples of this are Sharukh and Rajnikant. On the other hand when you are making a film which has a subject matter revolving around extremely believable characters, a star can become an impediment because he along with him gets his own baggage of image and expectations and this cuts into the believability of the film. For example, if John Abraham’s stardom is due to his deadly looks in Dhoom why spoil it by making a film like “No Smoking” with him. The Director might have gotten out a performance out of him and he also might have done very well but the question is whether people want to see him act or just look good. So conversely in a situation like this the very star who is supposed to pull the people in can become an excess baggage to the film.
 
When you go to a DVD store and look around at the choice of films, many times you will catch yourself picking up a film not so much for the stars but because you liked the title or the poster design or what is written in 3 or 4 lines on the back of the cover. So if who is in the film can be a pulling factor, what is it about also can be a pulling factor.
 
Phoonk belongs to this category. I cast everyone in Phoonk with the intention of making everyone sitting in the theatre to feel that it is his family or his neighbour’s family which is going through the proceedings.
 
It is common knowledge that many a time stars are signed by Directors not because they fit the characters but because the Distributors and trade pundits demand them. The tremendous opening of Phoonk all over the country proves that instead of Crores charging Mallika, Paresh etc you can pull audience with a 500 Rupees-per-shift charging crow also. I am taking this example because stars are what we put on the posters to attract crowds into theatres, and the star we put on the posters of Phoonk is the crow.
 
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100 Responses to Stars and actors

  1. Shona says:

    i was eagerly waiting for the release of phoonk, and like many other ppl, i too rushed to the theatre to get my ticket on friday. i somehow just about managed to sit through the entire film, and when i came out of the theatre there was only one thing on my mind…What in the world were you thinking when you called this your scariest film ever??? i am sorry to say, that phoonk was a huge dissapointment coming from someone who has directed films like bhoot, kaun, rangeela, etc. and not to mention, you actually went on record to say that anyone who watches the film alone will get rs.5 lakhs. i think it should have been 5 lakhs to anyone who can watch this film, and honestly, i still don\’t think u\’d have too many takers. come on, we all know you can do better…what is the matter with you? i just have one thing to tell you, either get back your lost talent, or retire gracefully…though i think after this film, the latter is not possible.

  2. Anil says:

    I feel the "stars and actors" blog is pretty ordinary blog from you. I am expecting better blogs from you.
    All the views mentioned here are pretty predicatable and every body knows.
     
    What is your view on human relations. Friendship, Parents, Wife, Kids, Love, etc?
    Is world complete meterialstic? Is everything based on Give & Take policy. Are relations hold on what we are giving?

  3. Unknown says:

    Every blog has something unique and worth a read…!! Well!! I read somewhere that you had plans to make sarkar with Ajay and sanjay dutt for certain roles and then you have changed your mind….if its is true….if I guess right….sanjay dutt – rashid and Ajay Devgan – Vishnu Nagre????

  4. Unknown says:

    Characters…I always had a question…I read somewhere that you had plans to include Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt in Sarkar…..!!! If it is true, what were their characters…..just a wild guess going by their looks…ajay devgan – vishnu nagre and Sanjay dutt – Rashid?????
     

  5. Anil says:

    Lack of Fresh ideas or innovation in Indian movies
     
    After moving to US. I started watching english movies more. I think Indian cinema is way behind the Hollywood. Forget about the technology, which any how we cant compete because of the production cost. At least Indian movies lost the fresh ideas. Any good idea in indian movie some how copied ( "Inspired" ) from hollywood. I was wonder about the movie "Ghajani", after that i came to know it is just copied from "memento". there are bunch of instances like this.
     

    Is it lack of good writers? Or problem with directors? or problem with producers not willing to take risks? or with audiences who are not accepting fresh/innovative ideas?
     
    Creative directors like you are also just reinventing the wheel. One good thing with you; people who dont watch english movies will be excited with your movies. It is like Yandamuri veeredranath writing a novel from copying the concepts from 10 english novels.
     
     

  6. Sohan says:

    I saw Phoonk last night. Amazing movie! It\’s got your typical style of low-camera shots, sound effects, etc. It was good to see a good horror movie after a long time! Which are your upcoming projects,sir?

  7. Unknown says:

    ramu don\’t feel like u should have ur baby

  8. Siva Rama Kumar says:

    "It happens because it is an extremely difficult thing to match the mind-state of the Director, where he started from and the mind-state of the viewer when he enters the theatre. It is too complex and too long drawn out for me to explain here. "
     
    Yaji again. Trust me, I am your fan even after reading statements like that from you. I assume you tried to be serious for once in your responses, you really lost it man! Stop doing this and be your cocky self which suits you the best.
     
    Unfortunately, if you can\’t explain it (refer your quote), you can\’t think it either!!!! believe it or not!
     
    Can you name one movie of yours which had a bound script available to you before you started the movie that wasn\’t successful? (Assumption is that you have read this in right mind).
     
    My guess is NONE (Gaayam, Shiva, Satya & Ab Tak Chappan all had scripts). You are a genius, very creative least bound by regular but essential cinematic processes. When your idea and execution fall in line, you deliver hits, otherwise D(a)uds.
     
    No mothering, brothering or patronizing..but no fucking around either. Check out LRMB, JTYJN, Happy Days. Honest writing though with none of the execution prowess that you have. Can\’t wait to imangine the results (I really mean positively) if you are able to hook up with good writers who take time out to convert your ideas into good scripts for which you don\’t have time. You are too creative to sit down for a few weeks/months to put togeher a script!
     
     
     

  9. Kranthi says:

    Hi Ramuji,
     
    Phoonk is terrific. Superb direction. Can\’t wait for your next movie.
     
    @ Vito,
     
    Your posted short film is nice. Story and screenplay are good. Hire a professional photographer and musician next time. Good job.

  10. PETER says:

    You have lost your touch chief… but enjoy the process.. till they keep funding you… at least someone is having fun…
     
    I still miss your better films though…

  11. static atmosphere energy says:

    Dear RGV,When is "Chudail" seeing the light of the day? I really liked the title of that film…A great title and such a curse word on feminne gender…dont forget this title as years down you have had this interesting title…go for it plzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  12. Unknown says:

    I loved the camera in the school sequence. brilliantly done.
    I did not like the fact that every scene pretty much used to end on a mask or on a stuffed toy or on the smiley ball or on some sculpture. I think it got repetitive.
    Also loved the way you used silence to scare people. Everyone was expecting sudden noise. But, on the contrary, the silence made it even more scary.
    Where does Rohan, the son go, after the girl is admitted?

  13. pradeep says:

    sir
    i am great fan of your flims and your.
    i think you have a great couragious personality.
    sir i think no step is right or wrong only the result tells that the step taken by you is wright or wrong.
    sir i am saying that if you make a big blockbuster then all this rubish talks.
    sir i know yopu do not worry about the these gosipps.
    but the problems is that fans are worried me to loss in your repitation.
    i belive that you can make a blockbuster at your will.
    thank you  

  14. Kiran Kumar says:

    Barking Dogs Never Bites, what do you say ramu?

  15. Unknown says:

    Fuck.. u r jus boasting urself in this post.. why did u become so insecure?

  16. Unknown says:

    His Actions to your reactions:
     
    Q: …and wat about Amitabh in sarkar??? A: Do you remember him as Sarkar or Amitabh after the film. I guess you need to borrow english language learner book, from the so called critics like Khalid or Deepa to understand my previous writing.
     
    Q: Can you elaborate on this aspect of film making ?A: … And you want all the gyan for free??
     
    Q: Is it the same case with star n not-so-star Directors?A:  A director can never be star director. He can atmost be a star-maker.
     
    Comment: i didn\’t see paheli, but maybe swades failed (according to you) because of some other factors like direction etc, not necessarily shah rukh.  a good example is \’chak-de india\’…..it was unlike any of his previous movies but it worked.Question: And do you think chak-de worked for only one factor of shah rukh?
     
    Q: do you hate the people who like you or do you like the people who hate you ?A. I like part myself and at the same time I hate part of myself. Does it make the former true or the later?
     
    Q ive heard u dont direct ur films entirely….ur assitant directors take over…on the contrary ive also heard tht u work day in day out and dont even get time 2 rest…so whts true?A: You have BIG ears. and NO brains.
     
    Q: Also would love to read something on the movie, Naach – where did the idea germinate from?A. Now I really dont remember the name English movie DVD i was watching when the idea generated.
     
    Q: nice try. but sorry.. I am not watching phoonkA; I give a Phoonk if you watch it or not….But thanks for not watching. Its not for dumbs.
     
    Q: Why do you have this perception that you are a rebel?A: Thank God … you recognised me as Rebel.
     
    Q: With reference to your example on John abraham, why make a comedy (Daud) with Sanjay dutt, who at that time was famous for action movies and fuck his career?A: Did I speak of genre or characters…. meaning of both words is different in thesauarus. For your info, Sanjay has excellent comedy timing in Khalnayak sort of films. Do you beg to differ?
     
    Q: Then why trying the same stuff which has been failing repeatedly? A:  You should be visiting my blog regularly or read my previous posts to clear all your doubts.
     
    Q: Hi Varma, Please made a movie on the basis of PARITALA RAVINDRA story. can you tel me your reaction on this?A: Is he brother of Chi Guera? I dont know him too..
     
    Q: why doesn\’t anyone make just plain old rip-roaring adventure movies these days?A: The left the genre for you to make.
     
    Q: When you will do a movie in Telugu? A: Why dont\’ you learn hindi and watch my hindi films? or learn English and watch the original movies, which from I get inspire.
     
    Q: What is your view on human relations. Friendship, Parents, Wife, Kids, Love, etc? Is world complete meterialstic? Is everything based on Give & Take policy. Are relations hold on what we are giving? A: Will my answers affect your pre-formed notion on these relations? if so, you should consult a psychiatrist or develop self confidance.
     
    Q: Where does Rohan, the son go, after the girl is admitted?  A: I will ask him and let you know. He would love to thank you for your concerns
     

  17. Unknown says:

    His Actions to your reactions:
    Q: …and wat about Amitabh in sarkar??? A: Do you remember him as Sarkar or Amitabh after the film. I guess you need to borrow english language learner book, from the so called critics like Khalid or Deepa to understand my previous writing.
    Q: Can you elaborate on this aspect of film making ?A: … And you want all the gyan for free??
    Q: Is it the same case with star n not-so-star Directors?A:  A director can never be star director. He can atmost be a star-maker.
    Comment: i didn\’t see paheli, but maybe swades failed (according to you) because of some other factors like direction etc, not necessarily shah rukh.  a good example is \’chak-de india\’…..it was unlike any of his previous movies but it worked.Question: And do you think chak-de worked for only one factor of shah rukh?
    Q: do you hate the people who like you or do you like the people who hate you ?A. I like part myself and at the same time I hate part of myself. Does it make the former true or the later?
    Q ive heard u dont direct ur films entirely….ur assitant directors take over…on the contrary ive also heard tht u work day in day out and dont even get time 2 rest…so whts true?A: You have BIG ears. and NO brains.
    Q: Also would love to read something on the movie, Naach – where did the idea germinate from?A. Now I really dont remember the name English movie DVD i was watching when the idea generated.
    Q: nice try. but sorry.. I am not watching phoonkA; I give a Phoonk if you watch it or not….But thanks for not watching. Its not for dumbs.
    Q: Why do you have this perception that you are a rebel?A: Thank God … you recognised me as Rebel.
    Q: With reference to your example on John abraham, why make a comedy (Daud) with Sanjay dutt, who at that time was famous for action movies and fuck his career?A: Did I speak of genre or characters…. meaning of both words is different in thesauarus. For your info, Sanjay has excellent comedy timing in Khalnayak sort of films. Do you beg to differ?
    Q: Then why trying the same stuff which has been failing repeatedly? A:  You should be visiting my blog regularly or read my previous posts to clear all your doubts.
    Q: Hi Varma, Please made a movie on the basis of PARITALA RAVINDRA story. can you tel me your reaction on this?A: Is he brother of Chi Guera? I dont know him too..
    Q: why doesn\’t anyone make just plain old rip-roaring adventure movies these days?A: The left the genre for you to make.
    Q: When you will do a movie in Telugu? A: Why dont\’ you learn hindi and watch my hindi films? or learn English and watch the original movies, which from I get inspire.
    Q: What is your view on human relations. Friendship, Parents, Wife, Kids, Love, etc? Is world complete meterialstic? Is everything based on Give & Take policy. Are relations hold on what we are giving? A: Will my answers affect your pre-formed notion on these relations? if so, you should consult a psychiatrist or develop self confidance.
    Q: Where does Rohan, the son go, after the girl is admitted?  A: I will ask him and let you know. He would love to thank you for your concerns
    Q: Fuck.. u r jus boasting urself in this post.. why did u become so insecure? A: Because you are making much better movies….
    Q: Barking Dogs Never Bites, what do you say ramu?A: Can\’t comment on you.r barkings.
     
     

  18. Devang says:

    Abbe ae… Job dena…mail kar idhar… MR. ROARK…ya DoMinique bolu… mumbhai_74@yahoo.com

  19. vaishak says:

    Yes, definitely there is a point in what you have said.But one can\’t make a big-budget  movie like \’Rangeela\’ without any star\’s help or using his name ,after the director\’s failing in his own regional language film industry.But for sure, the same director can make a film like \’Satya\’ with newcomers if he is talented after his establishment.
    Nobody understand an original idea.The first expression of film makers and producers when they happen to listen to an original script would be a \’big goofy laugh\’.I am not saying this is a mistake of those people.Its the issue of different perception.Here ramu stated that he don\’t want to listen to the scripts which has written by new comers or the writers in this blog.He is rite in a way but how can you see everybody as the same sir..? ..You are a socialist in that way.You have given us a mask.A mask which hides the idenity.
     
    Apart for the above stuff, a few things i wanted to ask you…
     
    How you use to hear scripts..?…You just want your writer to put his premise first or want to listen to the whole story stuff..?.i mean Whether you wana hear the treatment or just the one-line..?..If you prefer to hear only the premise and get excited with that idea,do you guide them in a way in which you want to get it devoloped..? or do you allow them to devolope in their own way which is more close to their vision than yours…? what\’s your working style with writers…?
     
    How you use to work with your cinematographer..?…Can you ever work with a cinematographer like Ravi.K.Chandran who use to decide even the shots..?….Your cameramen tried to keep it more close to your vision than theirs.I think this is the right process of film making.But when a cameraman find the frame composition not useful to convey the thing,will you allow him to change it..?  If i have the the clear vision about how the shots to be taken and how to edit it, i can make a movie..rite..?….I am just asking about the making part…Is that necessary to learn how to operate a camera and what kind of lenses make the specific effects on the screen If i can explain about what i have in mind , to the cinematographer…?
     
    What Software you use for editing your movies…?…AVID…?….Xpress pro or which version…Its just my curiosity to know….
    …Thanks……Vaishak…

  20. karthik says:

    Ramu\’s aim in life: earn as much as he can, while doing the thing that intrests him most.
    Ramu\’s views on women: fuck and forget.
    Ramu\’s views on politics: dont care
    Ramu\’s views on motherly, brotherly, fatherly or friendly feelings: eeeewwwww! dont touch me.
    Ramu\’s views on life: get out of the way the system wants you to behave. Rather do it in your style as rebel. But most importantly only practice and dont preach… we dont want devotees and fans.
    Ramu\’s views on humour: self-effacing…helps you destroy ego
    Ramu\’s views on media: cockroach!
    Ramu\’s views Karan Johar: —-deleted—-
    Ramu\’s favourite physics concept: motion – either for pleasure or pain… but not idle state.
    Ramu\’s views on the universe: yaaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnnn!
    Ramu\’s intelligence quotience: treads between a probable prodigy and a confirmed lunatic.
    Ramu\’s favourite actor: whoever gives him dates
    Ramu\’s favourite actress: whoever dates him
    Ramu\’s pet hates: people without jobs
    Ramu\’s greatest achievement: made antara mali an actress!
    Ramu\’s ambition: to see choreographers employed in bollywood go jobless.
    Ramu\’s potential: to rise from ashes and to burn again…
    Ramu\’s USP: unpredictability.

  21. Unknown says:

    Hello RGV,First of all I must admit that I\’m a big fan of some of your movies. If I was to pick one, I\’ll aways pick Shiva. Why? Just because it was different at the time it was made. Something realistic, yet came with a punch. But, besides this I\’m a critic as well. What I haven\’t been able to figure out is, why did you make a film like Phoonk. It was way toooo predictable. I don\’t think people would like to watch it purely for your brilliance as a director. The movie needs some content which either makes sense or entertains in some way. This movie had nothing whatsoever. Sorry to put forward my honest opinion, but this movie was a complete waste.Hope you keep up the work you did in Sarkar, Sarkar Raj, Shiva, Satya….Cheers.

  22. Ravi says:

    @ Piyush,
    Thanks for watching our short film and appreciating us. Such encouragement is definitely needed for newbies like us.
     
    @ Vaishak,
    I very much agree with you. Established (indian) producers/directors don\’t appreciate any fresh original ideas (exceptions apart). They are very much apprehensive to experiment any novel thought. They always prefer a \’success\’ proven story line. They get away saying – \’new treatment\’, \’new packaging\’, \’told differently\’, \’Old wine in new bottle\’ – but how long yaar ? Isn\’t the samething boring (I am not talking about the \’S\’ thing :-). Are these producers and directors not tired of these beaten to death stories. Probably, the fault lies with us. It\’s a big vicious cycle. We, the audience should stop appreciating bad cinema. I am not sure about other languages, but atleast in my state – The protagonist/hero should be unemployed, school drop-out, must speak in most vulgar slang, keep narrating one-liners, give respect to none, give a damn to heroin and should be able to beat up 100 goons. First half – no story, only run on comedy. Give a (most expected) twist at the interval bang and second half will have loads of sentiment but definitely with a flash back episode most probably in Seema. You have such stories…you\’ll surely have takers 🙂 God bless indian cinema (exceptios apart).
     
    But I don\’t see, whats the harm in hearing a new script or a story line when somebody has one (instead of slamming the door). Yeh puttalo…yeh paamundho, yevadiki thelusu ? Anyway, boss is always right, until proven otherwise :-).
     
    Vito
     
     

  23. Ravi says:

    @ Karthik,
     
    Simply awesome 🙂 Very witty and apt. I don\’t think Ramu can deny any one of them 🙂
     
    @ Ramu,
     
    Needless to say…pls take in good spirit (anyways, you are left with no other choice :-). Good day!
     

  24. karthik says:

    vito
     
    cinema chala bagundhi amma… 😉
     
    seriously good mate. i laughed a lot when the kid brings the bullet in a ring case. lol…
     
    all the best,
    karthik

  25. Unknown says:

    I am surprised by your attitude towards other movies released along with Phoonk…specially about Mumbai Meri Jaan which is such a wonderful movie…actually one of the best movies of this year..very sensitive and a must watch for every Indian or Mumbaikar….may be Phoonk will be more successful than MMJ but that doesont mean that Phoonk is better than MMJ…for that matter I liked Nishabd very much and think that its one of the best movies ever made (even though it was not a comercial success) so do you compare every movie by how much money it makes and every actor by how much market value he/she has?
    Honestly I am surprised and shocked after reading that post….MMJ got good reviews because its a really superb movie whats wrong in it…even Himesh\’s first (horrible) movie was block bustor….so do you want your movies remembered for financial success or for impact they had on cinema (like Shiva, Satya, Rangeela, Nishabd, Srakar I & II, Company) also few produced by you like shool, ab tak chhappan etc.
    If you have time I would like to know your opinion on this and also honestly what you think about MMJ.
    Vinay

  26. Abhishek says:

    You and Your Mind blowing responses! I feel you have done a Diploma in Human Psychology from Siddharta College..and Not a Civil Engineering…Your every statement of gives me a Food for thought!

  27. srinivas says:

    These days people are more focused on your personality than your movies. You are finally giving them what they want.. ENTERTAINMENT… Good going.

  28. srinivas says:

    These days people are more focused on your personality than your movies. You are finally giving them what they want.. ENTERTAINMENT… Good going.

  29. srinivas says:

    These days people are more focused on your personality than your movies. You are finally giving them what they want.. ENTERTAINMENT… Good going.

  30. ameya says:

    I have been defending your films to my friends who find them worthless for the sheer reason that I have enjoyed most of them……… Phoonk has by far been the most miserable experience I have had in a RGV experiment.
    I had even loved some flops like Daud, Mast and Road too
    I\’d pointed out the camera shadow in the opening sequence of Sarkar Raj.
    The same happens in the mirror of Phook. I dont know if I can call it arrogance, callousness or sheer negligence.
     
    I would give anything for the old Ramu to return back !!! The Factory should not churn, but produce ! Please remember Shool, Ek Hasina Thi, Ab Tak Chappan and many more which were not classics, but were certainly not trash like Phoonk !!!
     
    Please take a break for a while and give us some quality stuff !!!

  31. ameya says:

    Oh and by the way, the artifacts and the gods were handled in a far more sophisticated and artistic manner in Kaun !!!
    They look absolutely stupid and out of place in Phoonk !!!

  32. Sairah says:

    SATYA !SATYA !SATYA !SATYA !SATYA !SATYA !SATYA !SATYA ! Khudaaa !! Get over !!

  33. ameya says:

    needless to add that the bees in the end and the dadi hand extensions were way too tacky !!! When will we get to see good CG effects in Hindi movies ???

  34. ameya says:

    One more piece of advice … or should I call it a request (since your blog is full of advices from your fans)
     
    Please don\’t turn into Madhur Bhandarkar with your new film !!! I agree that Madhur\’s concepts are good, but the treatment is very crude, unpolished and horrible. I hope you will have some class when you deal with media with our new film
     
    Wish you pots of luck !!!

  35. Unknown says:

    I saw Phoonk today and I thought its not as scary as you said. To put it in your words, in an interview with passion for cinema you compared movies with udipi restaurants. Taking this as context, you offered Biryani in your promos and served us curd rice.. LOL. Was it a marketing technique to draw crowds to the theatre?

  36. vishnu says:

    Watched Phoonk after reading about it doing well (at last!).TACKY. SUPERFICIAL. Read it was made on a budget of 3-5crore and the reason media is ga-ga is because the movie did 5cr net business during first weekend. Great! Now u can install a picture of Mithunda in ur office and look to emulate him with ur \’Factory\’ produced Rs50lakh-1cr budgeted movies. Surely u will earn money.Your filmmaking is dis-honest. A \’Singh is Kinng\’ is better on that count. Before u say that dont watch my films, let me ask u to stop promoting them thru lies like \’scariest movie..\’ etc.

  37. Unknown says:

    Throughout "Sarkar Raj", Shankar was portrayed as the main protagonist until his death compared to Subhash Nagre, who was under the shadow of his son. And yet, in the end, Subash perfectly narrates to Anitha about all the people involved behind Shankar\’s murder including Rao Sahab. Did he keep track of the bloody politics going on right from the start of power project or is it only after shankar\’s murder he started for the sake of vengeance?

  38. andhrabond says:

    Hi RGV,
     
    Congrats on the success of Phoonk. I saw Phoonk. All the charecters did their job real good. I don\’t know the hero\’s name but he did excellent job.
     
    Phoonk doesn\’t need RGV\’s talent, I mean the way it is made Any of your assistants would have made the same or better than what you have showed.
     
    I don\’t know how Phoonk became  commercial success. Yes, your right no body can read the minds of movie goers.we never know. You must have been so surprised by the success of Phoonk.
     
    1, I have already seen Kashmora, Exorcist, most of the hollywood horror movies, So I am not impressed with Phoonk. actually most of the shots are so predictable. I have already seen those dream scary shots in other thrillers. I was actually looking for a shot where I can say \’Daraya salla\’.
     
    2, Please change that make-up artist who ever has done the make-up to that girl. You would have made the girl more scarier with good make-up or graphics. I don\’t know how did you miss the point that you are making an horror movie not a family drama. seriously, what\’s up with those close up shots of crow and other faces. You are not looking for a debutant director award for a horror movie.
     
    bottom line. All the best for your future project.
     
    AB.
     

  39. Unknown says:

    Hey Ramu i have to disagree with pointers you have mentioned .for example sharukhan movie chak de was big hit( i mean more than enough people saw it) and also he did not do the routine action.
     
    second thing it all depends on story and screenplay ,if you have a right ( which is relative term again here) story and screenplay any  movie can be hit.actors or stars cant make any movie hit ,you need them for purely commerce.
     
    for example movies like shiva ,DDLJ could be hit with out nag or sharukhan.
     
    what is your say?

  40. venkat says:

    Hi RGV, Love your movies, have enjoyed some more than the other, the fact remains love it or hate it, cant miss it. i have a few things to ask.
     
    Q1. Why have you distanced yourself from the telugu industry. If not when will your nexttelugu movie be?
     
    Q2. We would like to see DVD-Boxsets of your films. Like abrode we can find Rambo 1 to 5, DeNiro – collection, AlPachino collection. like that, can the RGV factory come with a RGV collection. ( This has been wished by many NRI RGV Followers ) Example: 1. Satya, company, contract. 2. Mast, Daud, Naach. 3. Kaun, Bhoot, Phoonk DVD-Boxsets.
     
    Q3. This question is on behalf of a girl who is very interested in acting, within the Bollywood and Tollywood industry. Is it true that \’casting couch\’ is very much prevalent within the Indian Film Industry. ( i am not sure how u would like to answer this question, cause ur answer may make pudding and cake for media reportes. )
     
    Thanks & Regards,
    Venkat Reddy.
     
     

  41. San says:

    I have seen phoonk on website free of cost, whats your take on this?

  42. Naveen says:

    @vito
     
    just saw you short film, i expecially enjoyed the bloopers after the movie.. good that you included it
     
    the acting and direction could have been better ….keep at it dude….all the best!

  43. vaishak says:

    @ Vito
     
    Thank you dude.. i wanted to see ur short film..where can i get it…? any link…?..
    …..Thanks..Vaishak…

  44. Vinay says:

    If crows can get you tremendous openings, why make movies (at irregular intervals) with stars!
     
    You started off with Nagarjuna in Shiva, Aamir in Rangeela, Ajay in Company… then your series of different movies, then Sarkar and Sarkar Raj with Bachchan family, then again Contract, Phoonk…

  45. Ravi says:

    @ Vaishak,Go to www.geocities.com/indyanboy/ and click on \’want to watch the film\’ link. I guess, you are a malayali 🙂 So, choose the links with English sub-titles. Hope u\’ll like it 🙂
     
    @ Naveen,Thanks for your time and appreciation, mate. Will positively consider your suggestions next time. Actually, I\’ve never even witnessed any shooting, leave alone holding a camera or directing…just went ahead with sheer enthusiasm, confidence and determination. Anyway, hope to do better in the next venture 🙂

  46. Unknown says:

    Is there any issue between you and Krishna Vamsy?

  47. vinay says:

    Hi Varma,
                "stars and actors", I\’ll disprove ur statement of stars repetitiveness abt wat u said if u promise me to do one…
    do a film with shahrukh,I am sure that his stardom doesn\’t work at ur film,and people even from thinking ur combintaion expect "wat would be the film?" but not "who is in it?" and if the movie works it\’s becoz of only u ..n not bcoz of shahrukh! come on u know dat u even prove by sarkar(Amitabh) and rangeela(Amir) in which people see characters not stars.

  48. Ravi says:

    @ Karthik,
     
    Saw your post late! Thanks a lot dear. Gaining in confidence with each appreciation 🙂
     
    Hope Guruji will spare few minutes to watch a (crude) attempt by one of his (newbie) ekalavya. How many ekalavyas do we have here, btw ? LOL.

  49. Unknown says:

    Amazing movie!You pick up amazing actors for your films.When the lawyer tells the hero about "Manja", me and my girl friend both look at each other and say "Another great actor".  And we didn\’t know at that time it was "Zakir Hussain".Have got used to expecting amazing actors in your movies.- Pritesh Pathak

  50. Kiran Kumar says:

    Hi Ramu,

    I watched your phoonk few days back. The film
    was ok but we failed to experience what we are expecting. After coming from the
    theatre I saw the caption which says “It’s Superstious, till it happens to you”,
    according to the caption the film is ok but you have said far enough about the
    film even before it releases. I think your statements about the film misguided
    me a lot.

    For me best
    horror film I saw till date is “Evil Dead”, I thought your film will be much scarier
    than “Evil Dead”. I am very disappointed. Your film is not horror film it’s
    more like a family drama, that’s it.

  51. manoj says:

    Is that true audience were underestimated by most of the filmmakers?

  52. SUBRAHMANYAM says:

    Sir,
     
         u r neither an atheist nor a  theist.
    Have u given permission to remake PHOONK in telugu? the  film titled Raksha *ing NEHA, jagapathibabu,kalyani,subbaraju,pradeep rawat,sekhar,radhakumari etc.
    1 more thing is about DARLING named \’nenu athanu aame\’ *ing madhavan ,sada, shamita setty(isha deol)
      ur fims shouldn\’t come by others(apart from hit \’n\’flop)
    PHOONK,CONTRACT : no release in East Godavari Dist. pardon me bcause I watched these movies by internet.
     
    Some scenes of phoonk r unpredictable,especially the test scene of raksha in school, the dadis hand expands towards lakshmi, rajiv\’s dream.
    from tulasidalam t kashmora to bhoot to phoonk, afterthe strange behaviour of the adicted character the psychiartist coming, u should change that in ur nxt superstitious film.
                                

  53. vishnu says:

    Phoonk gives a clue about things to come. Low budget, linear kiddish storylines catering to popular superstitions.Fantastic! Sounds like \’Factory\’ will be the new age \’Ramsey Productions\’ till the current generation gets tired of the \’style\’. U did try the same thing first with ur gangster flicks (James, Shiva 2, contract etc etc) but unfortunately, the appetite is less for that genre. Congratulations on hitting the jackpot (for a while atleast). What next? Pornography perhaps. Large enough market for that with no stars (even crows) required.

  54. Mj says:

    Youve said it. I am very happy to read, learn and emboss that thing into my mind. You know, When people like you point out the facts , sometimes it may invoke controversies but being brave in visualizing what you believe and pointing out the true facts, thats a great thing which can only be done by peple like you. I\’m  a person who believes and accepts your thoughts, even there were times i have pointed out these facts. But who will listen to a person like me who is nothing to the world of cinemas . I\’m only a passionate film lover and a person who spend money for watching films to learn something, to be a part of the film world, nothing else.
     
    I know that you wont feel anything if you read this but i have felt something after reading your article. Phoonk made me to comment your blog. I\’m from kerala and you may know the blackmagic , most of the times it was used in the films( kerala) to produce a  humour situation or to make the audien stretch his tongue to reveal the tension. But the right thing you have done is there in phoonk. A WONDERFUL THRILLER( i dont like to call it a horror story) .  I loved every frame to what it is.
     
    Good luck ramu bhaiyya. I simply wished that i was the crow you used there in that movie. but i know you havent thought of  a monkey instead of it :).

  55. celeste says:

    My reactions to your comments on my favourite actor.
     
    true: srk is much more than an actor. He\’s a media phenomenon
     
     
    true: he\’s so full of charisma & personality that he\’s not only always superior to his characters, but he even imprints them by his brand
     
    untrue: I very well remember the names of many characters. As for me, srk is first of all the unforgettable Rahul (KKHH)
     
    true/untrue: probably the audience called Manoj by his character\’s name simply because didn\’t know his real name…
     
    true/untrue: many srk\’s no-fans think he always does the same kind of acting, exc. Ticklish question. As for me,
     
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,
     
    he doesn\’t. But I like him very much, so I may be no-impartial. I can say his filmography is so big that he may have done this mistake, sometimes. But I cannot say his acting in \’Hey Ram\’ or \’Don\’ or \’DDLJ\’ or \’KANK\’ is always the same. No. I\’m sorry but I think you\’re wrong.
     
    untrue: many srk\’s films aren\’t big hits, not only \’Paheli\’ or \’Swades\’.
     
    true/untrue: probably you\’re right. A star might have a negative impact in an unusual (for his audience) film. I wonder: if Kay Kay Menon and not srk had been the main character in \’KANK\’, would that film have had more success? I cannot answer.
     
    I\’d love having \’personal interactions\’ with him. Very much. Very personal.
    And even more I\’d love to watch a different srk directed by you.

  56. celeste says:

    @ karthik
     
    I\’ve read your personal msg only today. And answered. I\’m very very sorry for my delay.

  57. Unknown says:

    i agree with u now. Satya was an accident!

  58. RockReddy says:

    PHOONK is a kids movie man! even gals can watch it alone, thr is no need of contest & al, its al scrap. first of al its a copy movie of TULASIDALAM. i think rgv made thi mvi just make fun of science & doctors, but he has to notice tht al the movi comers thinking much funny abt rgv itself for trying to hipe the movi before its release itself by arranging a contest. & agn thots to make sequel for it? producer sahb paise jyada hein kya? kuch acche kaam keliye dedona…! thr r so mny things in the country whr the under privileged need al this black money from film ppl & politicians!
    RGV, pl try to b some ssocially responsible & make some msg oriented mvis, producers ko kyon barbaad karthe ho? aur viewers ko bhee! aap jundagee mein kabhee bhi koi ek msg oriented or social responsible mvi banaathein ya naheen? ya isee tharah bakvaas movies banaathein rahoge?

  59. vinay says:

    hi Ramu,
               y actors in ur movie like sarkar,company etc.. always talks in ears of other charachters as they r sitting in any conference hall or like the students sitting in a classroom and feared of talking louder n speaking into other\’s ears..
              

  60. Unknown says:

    hi ramu saw phonk its awesome i personally believe you are one of the best directors in india.I have one personel request in your next film please include our southern heartthrob mohanlal a.k.a lalettan

  61. vinay says:

    n some one saying dat ramu not doing msg oriented movies …ramu did  in telugu "gayam" – \’I\’ felt  and it is really a master piece from ramu.. even its something like gangster movie it projects good msg..n one song sirivenelaa\’s from dat movie ans. all ur questions, if u understands telugu….song tells- "dont ask for good to be \’made\’ try to be good first -it\’s enough", and people think of social msg oriented movies are those which movies are made on contrary to society ….wat the wrong thing abt Ramu is, he makes  movies on more darker parts of society where people can\’t accept those.. since truth always hurts…and even \’shiva\’ comes in msg-oriented category ….Ramu is showing wat is happening but others show how to stop in the way they think it can be stoped..but it is just a imagination it will never happen…
    Ramu\’s movies can converted to msg-oriented if hero kills villans and if hero doesn\’t die-which is unrealistic..
    If people able to grasps msg from unrealistic y they r unable to find it from realistic..so its all from people ..I think

  62. Unknown says:

    Saw Phoonk yesterday. Although certain scenes were scary…the second half sucks!!! You are repeating the same mistake as you did with Bhoot…started excellently and ended hopelessly

  63. ASHITOSH says:

    RGV,
     
    Abt. Satya
     
    The least discussed character is the nameless CP who is replaced by Paresh Rawal (Amod Shukla). The discussion between khandwilkar and CP is worth the money of the ticket. The way he says – after all we are officers, there must be some difference between us & THEM. ……. And then he gives his discourse on education …… we must educate people……. . I think the whole scene is very well executed and very entertaining.
     
    The actor who plays the role of Commissioner is so good, that I felt he should have been given more scenes. As a matter of fact Paresh Rawal’s portrayal of Amod Shukla is bit disappointing.
     
    Rgds.
    Ashitosh

  64. Unknown says:

    if u compare people who watch a film because of srk with those who watch because of rgv or a crow the latter is more disappointed because the former has more consistency and hence brand value. Stars know their audience more than u.

  65. Unknown says:

    Hey Ramu
    Movie Bussinessis is  like a franchise bussiness.the reason people go to see a star movie or director or production company movie because they know what to except.for example franchises are big hit because people always goto them as they know what to except from them anywhere in the world but there is always a 80 -20 rule.
    now comming to movies ,i want to be entertained so where do i spend my 200 Rs ,where i got entertained last time because i know what to except and thats reason these stars tend to do same things over and over,that is gauranted commerce.
    so do people see same type of movie always? No as they have taste for everything they do go and see all kinds of movies.
    Coming back to your movie ,your movies always follow the same pattern but with different Genre.

  66. Unknown says:

    Was watching Shiva last week. I read in one of your interviews that at that time you were being forced to rope in mohan babu to don the role of Bhavani. Obviously, the freshness in the cast would have been missing. What, according to you, could have been changed as far as the characterization/script are concerned if Mohan Babu played Bhavani ?

  67. Unknown says:

    A reasonable man adapts himself to the world. An unreasonable man tries to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all the progress in the world depends upon the unreasonable man! -George Bernard Shaw.

  68. artinem says:

    ramu,u said that u casted all the actors in phoonk  in order to show that this could happen to ordinary people in  ordinary circumstances.then why did madhu have to perform  the black magic in the cave  in  the climax? why didnt she do it at her house????

  69. Unknown says:

    thats obviously correct it was the crow and the little kid ehsaas which attracted me to watch the movies….

  70. Unknown says:

    Dear Mr. sometimes Ram sometimes Gopal Varma ,

                          
                                                          I am a 28 year old dreamer( living close to Panjagutta – if it makes any difference ; )   who has come up with a movie
    script for a story titled HOPE. It has been my endeavour to bring it to
    the attention of  film directors and production houses, I admire, for the
    past few weeks now. I continue doing so with unwavering conviction because I
    believe that the quality of the movies brought out by these known names owe
    their depth and impact value to the discerning selection standards of the
    founders. I believe that HOPE lives up to these standards.

     

    It is now my understanding that in – house story
    development is the norm unless of course the writer/creator is a known name.
    Having tried and still trying, as an outsider and as an unknown, to get the
    enclosed script some eye time, this is the challenge I face.

     

    Movies are and should be much more than a medium for
    mere entertainment. A negligible number of our releases give the impression
    that this is the motto behind making them. Of course, considering the box
    office record of most such ‘influencers’, it is understandable that very few of
    them are made.

     

    But here in lies the challenge. How do you base your
    script on a topic which affects all of us in a very significant way, on a
    subject which automatically makes us, citizens and movie goers, react, and yet
    lights the fire of only all that is first -rate and desirable in our nature.
    Stirring up the animal in us, is an activity which is not only extremely easy
    but is something best left to the demagogues, a tribe our country has in
    abundance.

     

    Here is, I believe, a simple story which will reach
    out to the viewer and suck him into it’s drama. In the end, he or she will walk
    out of that theatre not just educated and entertained but drastically inspired;
    inspired to be an active citizen and more importantly a better human being. It
    is my firm belief that this movie, especially if released before the next
    General elections, will be another gem from the Tamil film Industry stable.

     

    I am especially reaching out to those with the
    stubborn streak of not letting the commercial side of the movie over ride their
    artistic impulse – this is the obvious streak in you  I appeal to!

     

    Here is a story that, with the right treatment, can go
    on to becoming a Great Movie. You’re probably inundated with similar such mails
    and requests. If you could go through the script in its entirety, I am certain
    you will see in it potential enough to give me some of your time for a face to
    face interaction.

     

    Not only is this script a labour of love and
    conviction but it is also a bold appeal asking our citizens to stand up! I
    trust this work will be given its due.

     

     I am an aspiring actor and a first time movie
    script writer from Hyderabad looking for a break. An appointment would be much
    appreciated.I request all your fans and frequent bloggers here to post their feedback on my blog whenever they have some time to kill. I apologise for having to use this forum but I had no other way to get to you. Too much red tape!!

     

          
                                                                                                                   

     

                                  
    Script posted on blog :  http://www.indianmoviedreams.blogspot.com

      
        
        Warm Regards

     

  71. srinivas says:

    Did you watch Hatari movie? I was watching it last night and got a feeling that you must have got lot of inputs from that movie… If you haven;t watched.. it is worth watching

  72. srinivas says:

    Did you watch Hatari movie? I was watching it last night and got a feeling that you must have got lot of inputs from that movie… If you haven;t watched.. it is worth watching

  73. srinivas says:

    Did you watch Hatari movie? I was watching it last night and got a feeling that you must have got lot of inputs from that movie… If you haven;t watched.. it is worth watching

  74. E says:

    Hi RGV…Congrats for Phoonk being a hit..i guess commercially…do check out this nanujra guy…he is standing out in this entire blog…responses…he has a distinctive style..his writing is marvelous….i know you come across so many people..but there is nothing wrong in giving audience to this guy..as he looks mighty talented…Hey Nanujra..checked out u r blog….the stories are wonderfull…man..,i have one question…is it the same great K.Balachander..who responded or somebody else???Anyway..keep it up dude.dont loose your "HOPE"..and have "FAITH"….CheersEV

  75. The says:

    ok ramu. enough of your masturbation all over the web over phoonk\’s success. congrats. whats next now?

  76. Unknown says:

    Dear EV,               I don\’t think I would have been any happier if Mr.RGV himself had written to me instead of you. You have made my day! Thanks a ton for the testimonial!  Your \’ the stories are wonderful \’ made me very happy indeed. Thanks for going through the blog and for all the praise…I appreciate it.To answer your question about the comment by K. Balachander – Ever since I saw it I have been trying to find out if it is him.Looking at the way it is written, I just had to make sure…afterall, he said \’Call me anytime\’!!But, I have found out and it is not him, sadly.With more such encouragement from dude\’s such as yourself…..there is no reason for HOPE and FAITH to fade away!One of the stories will make it.Thanks EV.RegardsNanujra  

  77. Shyaam Nagarajan says:

    Hey Ramu,Why is the kind of satisfaction you attain from making films? I know as anyone is everyone wants the film to do well both commercially and critically. Everybody loves appreciation in some way or the other. But has there been any film which U felt didnt get the appreciation it deserved (commercially and critically) and has there been any film of yours you felt that it actually didnt deserve the appreciation or to be put it in a better way U felt that the film was not upto the mark but junta liked it the way it was. ThanksShyaam

  78. Unknown says:

    i feel Nanujra is better than rgv in some aspects. Kudos nanu..

  79. Unknown says:

    I don\’t know what to say! But if it\’s because you like the script…I thank you whole heartedly!RegardsNanujra

  80. Unknown says:

    Hey, I like your work….but please don\’t waste time by making which does not have any sense(like Aag)…instead spend more time working on scripts(its not a Gyaan)…its my opinion

  81. Krishna says:

    RGV,
     
    Here is a marketing idea for your next movie.
     
    Predict the Genre of my next movie
    A) Underworld
    B) Ghost/Black magic
    C) An out of the world (read "out of mind") love story.
     
    Kudos for reaching heights of consistency (for providing "great" movies back to back).
    One suggestion from my side. Try watching movies other than  "The Godfather", "Arjun" and "The Excorcist". Also, thanks for the comments you made on Vijayawada people a week ago on rediff.

  82. Unknown says:

    hey rgv ,
    your film\’s rock and action songs are amazing mainly in sarkar raj  and contract.

  83. Unknown says:

    Niiice… Very clever game you are playing, Mr. RGV, in my not so humble opinion. Has Shah Rukh\’s name been repeatedly mispelled intentionally?

  84. arghya says:

    What makes you cast Nisha Kothari?

  85. Priya says:

    Hi Ramu, mai NISHABD ho gayi jab aapne JUNGLE me AAG laga di PHOONK kar!
    Na SARKAR RAJ  bacha aur na SARKAR khud bachi!
    RANGEELA KAUN hai SATYA ya phir SHOOL.
    kiski COMPANY ko CONTRACT mila.
    mai confused hun DARNA ZAROORI HAI ya DARNA MANA HAI……????

  86. Abbas says:

    "People when told to see a particular film,
    the first question they will ask is “who is in it?… Because they cannot know how the film is, the least they can
    depend on making up their mind to see the film is the presence of a
    certain star."Very nice boss.Abbas.

  87. srikanth says:

    Ok now, enough of underworld,horror and sex.. comeup with something new.. you are way more talented than this..

  88. Unknown says:

    I had learnt from some sources you are going to make a film on Media. Please do that as realistically and clearly as possible. These channels are really disgusting these days. The way they handle everything to  to improve their ratings. Hope your movie can bring some change.

  89. Unknown says:

     had learnt from some sources you are going to make a film on Media. Please do that as realistically and clearly as possible. These channels are really disgusting these days. The way they handle everything to  to improve their ratings. Hope your movie can bring some change.

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