My reactions to reactions

1. Rakta Charitra sounds interesting. Just take care that you don’t use your weird camera angles and eerie music.
Ans: I am going to use even more weirder angles and even more eerier music. Do yourself a favour and don’t watch it.
2. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Ans: Depends on who I am with.
3. Don’t loose grip on the screenplay.
Ans: Ok Sir.
4. Who is Mr.Pandey?
Ans: He wrote Sarkar Raj and now he is writing Rakta Charitra.
5. Why don’t you concentrate on a single project?
Ans : Why don’t you keep your advises to yourself?
6. God is like air around us but we feel it only when we switch on the fan?
Ans: Wouldn’t be knowing that. I use an Air Condtioner.
7. I heard it was your thought to shoot “Chaiya Chaiya” song on the top of a train?
Ans: Not guilty.
8. I have a script and if you don’t make it I will move to Hollywood.
Ans: Bye.
9. How can you shoot films so fast?
Ans: I am not fast. The others are slow.
10. What’s new in the story of Rakta Charitra? It’s been told so many times before.
Ans: Movies are never about stories, they are about telling a story. If it’s only about the story why do people make best selling novels into films. A best seller by definition means most people read it and hence know the story. It’s the process what people come to watch. Coming to Paritala Ravi’s story you or others might know the key incidents of his life. What I intend to show is the in-betweens which led to them.
11. Where are you going to set the story of Rakta Charitra? Won’t it be authentic to do it in Telugu?
Ans: Authenticity is not about the region. It’s about characters, the way they think, the way they act. A Godfather kind of a story can happen in a New York, a Mumbai and in Rayalaseema also. Faction feuds like in Rayalaseema happen in many parts of the country and the circumstances which give rise to a Ravi can happen anywhere else too. The idea of Rakta Charitra is not to do an authentic portrayal of Ravi and the faction wars of the region but it is to capture the spirit, the drama and the psychology behind them and to take it to a widest range of audience.
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100 Responses to My reactions to reactions

  1. Arun says:

    Would you say that more than \’power\’, you are fascinated with the \’concept of power\’ ? BTW …..when is Aghyaat releasing ?

  2. Arun says:

    Out of all the RGVs in you, which one is your favorite ? Mine is the funny guy.

  3. Arun says:

    How doe you react when people call you eccentric? Do you look down on them or study them so as to why they think so ? Or something else ?

  4. Arun says:

    Would you prefer a beautiful angel or a sexy devil ?

  5. Mohammad says:

    Varma garui go through your blog regularly. It\’s interesting . can we expect a film starring SRK directed by RGV?

  6. Arun says:

    Would you say you use so called "weird camera angles" because you are bored with normal camera angles since you have been seeing same angles over thousands of movies ? I love your camera angles ….especially in Sarkar Raj. They are superb.

  7. Vumsy says:

    I just realized an ironical co-incidence from Swami\’s comment.. \’Ravi\’ and \’Suri\’ mean in the same thing… \’SUN\’

  8. Jonah says:

    Authenticity is not about the region. It’s about charactersif its just about characters.. why do you think movie "SHAKTI.. the power" failed head over heels.. inspite of havin srk.. ??for i believe there could no other replacements for those characters.. all of them looked so perfect. including sanjay kapoor (though i\’m not fond of him)karishma did an excellent job.. and nana patekar.. was scintillating as ever.. Antahpuram was based on the typical rayalseema background.. and shakti on bihar.. still. according to krishna vamsi.. authenticity of region played a major role.. do you think i am generalizing the exception.?

  9. Jonah says:

    Wouldn’t be knowing that. I use an Air Condtioner.flabbergasted answer.. to a stupefied statement..

  10. Shalini says:

    Who\’s idea is the title \’Rakta Charitra\’? It doesn\’t sound like RGV kind. I think its too lame to be an RGV idea.Also, I have a hunch that \’Nana Patekar\’ will be playing either Suri or Ravi. Tell me I\’m wrong.

  11. Parixit says:

    Arun K asked.. "Would you prefer a beautiful angel or a sexy devil ?"My question is a bit different……"Would you prefer a sexy angel or a beautiful devil?"

  12. Parixit says:

    Hello Sir.I wanted to see how you were going to represent SRK….I believe that SRK is a good actor but he doesn\’t have integrity like you, he keeps selecting the films which can bring money and popularity not those which are exceptional and experimental (which are in fact most vulnerable to become flop.)for example SRK doesn\’t have courage to act in a movie like NISHABD while you and AB have it with the shit load. you guys are courageous to make movie like Nishabd in India where people don\’t have brains to accept and understand complex characters like Jiya(Jiya khan) and Vijay(AB). I adore you for making masterpiece Nishabd.My question is "are you planning to make any movie with SRK?"It would be very fascinating to see SRK through your eyes…….

  13. kedar says:

    cunning bastard…ok…that was just a reaction… so others are slow that makes u appear faster than them…so forget about being fast…comment on your working style…how you PLAN a FILM…script, pre, production, post, publicity etc…how many people handle what? what kind of work set up you have developed over the years…comment on that…now this is not a RELATIVE question…so if you would like to comment and talk about it it would be a pleasure read…its like that show on tv, BOSS\’s day out…where Bosses from industry like bajaj, mittal etc talk about their working style…like that…talk about Industry secrets…talk about your working set up…it would be pleasure read…talk about ur hari stylists, costume designers, dance directors etc…u prefer to work with new ones every time or there are in-house artists appointed…etc…this is what i am asking…steps in film making and how u approach them from story to release…what working set up u have developed over the years…do u take rehearsals of the artists or u directly go to shoot…etc…things like these…practical things and steps in film making and ur working style about those points…story to publicity…i guess i am repeating myself…comment if u got what i am asking and if u want to…ty…

  14. Parixit says:

    How much the use of symbolism and metaphors is useful? Ex: In the movie AMIR the antagonist play with toy of monkey. The scene looks completely out of context until viewer observe with keen insight. the monkey symbolizes how the antagonist is playing with the character Amir.In Anurag\’s recent movie gulaal, there is a character dressing half as a prostitute and half as a power. there are photos of che guevara (Cuba) and John Lenon (member of the famous band Beatles), both are rebel. In one of the scene Anurag depicted two bottles of beer named Capitalism and Constitution.Power, Prostitution, rebel, capitalism and constitution all these things are concerned with politics which is the theme of the film.My question is do you use these king of metaphors in your movie? and what do you think of such metaphors and symbols

  15. kedar says:

    would u act if any role is offered to u?…if yes save it for me!…i mean it…a thought – 1. u and ur team fucked that amazing film….the beginning was great…THE FEEL was amazing…but it remained at a level of NEWS…little bit of imagination, few logical twists and turns would have made it much more hard hitting…if have plans to make any such film where basic thread is very think then watch DUEL of Spilberg and REAR WINDOW of Hitchcock again to refresh ur mind…and no need to say OK SIR OK SIR OK SIR…i am not telling u anything….just sharing my thought process…i never like to give advices…i wont say same about others who actually give advices which are actually meant for themselves…they sound more like frustration…for me its sharing…then why u?- 1. here is the platform created by u 2. u never stop and worry…u take decisions and move ahead…so take it or leave it…this is french style…they come together…discuss…part ways and create on their own…again they come together, discuss and part ways…hence road side restaurants or cafes like Iranian cafes are very popular in french culture unlike britishers who get offended if some one talks to them like this…2. Ramu is a cheat!…is what many people say…he keeps making films because \’usane market se bahot paisa uthaya hai\’…if any of this is even partially true it will affect ur creativity…these could be rumors and there could be N number intricacies about finance and other ethical and moral things…again their are individual relative perception about life…but in general if any such matter has small percent of fact in it then get rid of such things around u…200 u say is ur target…means there is a long way to go…so be healthy, eat good food, be honest, sleep well…life is not that dark as ur films…its good if it remains at story level…otherwise demons of mind start disturbing sleep and thats not good for artists….let the politicians do that…!…if u will start acting like Subhash Nagare u can not create films…he is a rigid person, boring person in reality…in edited version with back ground score he is interesting but not in reality…artist can not be and should not be like Subhash nagare or Malik bhai…again this is from heart and a sharing of thought…its like that story of jesus – people are throwing stones at a woman, jesus comes and saves her…he shouts at people \’ who ever has not committed a sin , come and hit the woman\’…i would have come forward and i would have said \’ i ahve committed THESE sins…but they are of MIND and they have hurt only me and i have repented for them…so now my conscious at this moment is as pure as a child…\’ then if the woman would have been really culprit i would have hit the stone…so an artist is standing with a stone in his hand and talking to another artist…tomorrow if i commit a sin, i will throw the stone down and will repent for my sin…but not today!…today i am pure!…so again take it or leave it…dhanyavaad

  16. kedar says:

    i am talking about MY WIFE\’s MURDER

  17. sripal says:

    How do u know Sudeep ? Few lines on how he became your Phoonk actor ?

  18. sripal says:

    I remember watching your Q&A session at VR Siddartha collage few years back. One guy asked you,\’Why don\’t you make a movie on Paritala Ravi ?\’ and your reply was, \’Who is Paritala Ravi ?\’. But I think that was the starting point for \’Raktha Charitha. Is that right ?

  19. sripal says:

    JD Chakavarthi in the starting scene of Shiva observes his watch while in the class room as he was anxious about the things thats gonna happen after the class. Manoj Vajpay refers to JD as Amita Vachan (Amitab Bachan) sarcastically for the reason that he refuses to move to a different place to cut the wood just like a hero in movies. And the same (referring as Amita Vachan saala) continues while fighting with him in the next scene. Its fantastic to see you (or any other filmmaker) depicting such minor details related to human psychology etc. in the movies. Do you think such minor details are missing in your recent movies ?

  20. sripal says:

    Does such minor details (those mentioned in the below comment) really matter in your opinion ?

  21. Unknown says:

    have u ever thought to make a cinema on historical back ground. if so can u share with us….jut curious

  22. Srinu says:

    Why dont you make films on persons who inspires youth.Making a film on paritala may have a negative impact on the society.Its better to choose persons like subash chandra bose,vallabhai patel,cheguvera,castro or any others life which gives lot of inspiration and positive energy to wider range of audience.I think you are commercializing crime elements.You are telling how to rob a bank,killing a person,groupism,mafia etc.Is this fair as a responsible citizen?

  23. Srinu says:

    Why dont you make films on persons who inspires youth.Making a film on paritala may have a negative impact on the society.Its better to choose persons like subash chandra bose,vallabhai patel,cheguvera,castro or any others life which gives lot of inspiration and positive energy to wider range of audience.I think you are commercializing crime elements.You are telling how to rob a bank,killing a person,groupism,mafia etc.Is this fair as a responsible citizen?

  24. sha says:

    Movies are never about stories, they are about telling a story………WOW WOW WOW……For what i com on your site……WOW what a line……I love you sir.Tell me your thought abt acting………

  25. Rohit says:

    Cant you make sequel to Raat it has an open ending.

  26. Rohit says:

    I want you to remake Japanese horror movie Chakishun Ari as its only you who can do justice to these kind of intense subjects

  27. Rohit says:

    I will send you a horror script soon. Movie will have a content that has not been tried yet but even if you like a bit of itt please call me back.

  28. pintoo says:

    when Rann is rolling out guys…any idea ? BTW it is named back to RANN…rgv took my advice…

  29. Shalini says:

    Hi Ramu, Do you read private messages sent to you? Actually in my private message I asked you if you would read all the comments posted here…funny

  30. Vinay says:

    Looks like Agyaat has been completed. Whens it releasing?BTW I had heard Aamir talk about shooting in such a way that dubbing is not required. What happens then to the sounds which are noises. Do they get eliminated by technology? So after a movie\’s shooting is complete, why and how long does it take to release the movie?

  31. pavan says:

    Hi Sir, Just wanted to know if Raktha charitra is also releasing in Telugu or You are planning to make it only in Hindi? You did mentioned in one of the entry that you wanted to make it in Hindi. But, I remember around 3 months back there\’s been news around the net that you and Jagapati babu inaugurated Raktha charitra log in telugu. Now, not sure if the film is releasing in telugu and you are planning to do it in Hindi again. Please clarify?

  32. srinivas says:

    Where is ranadeep hooda these days ? Are you not planning any projects with him in the near future ? I believe, he is the best actor you have introduced to the film industry and very disappointed with the number of films he has done after \’D\’. I seriously believe that Ranadeep Hooda\’s contribution to the film \’D\’ is more than the Director\’s contribution. He made Deshu\’s character look so real that i still remember almost all his dialogues in the movie. Is it because RGV\’s discovery got ignored by the film producers or it is his own choice that he is acting in very few films?

  33. srinivas says:

    Who all are acting in Raktha Charithra? Why not Ranadeep hooda ?

  34. Sree says:

    RGV,Have you considered remaking "Shawshank Redemption" in Hindi ?

  35. Sree says:

    RGV,How about giving us a "Requiem for a dream" in Hindi ?The drugs may not be too relevant in Indian society. But you may use some other human weeknesses like money, lust, sex etc… You may argue they are human instincts, but in a way they can be weaknesses.

  36. Shreyansh says:

    How does one make a film on story, which some people know everything about while others have no clue about it? How does a director make them sit side-by-side and make them enjoy the movie?

  37. karan says:

    Hi This Is Karan Kashyap wrkng in our industry as a creative head m ur big fan wtng for ur new film sir.

  38. karan says:

    I think u r the only person in industry who can make a good movie on 26/11. with best regards Karan Kashyap

  39. Deepak says:

    hi recently read your god series I was for a long time seeking answer how it must have all started…… n the book that catapulted me into right direction is Foundation Series by asimov I dnt know if you have read it or not…. Story is on a very vast canvas …. neway at the end of the series the protogonist is presented with a choice……. where he can decide the course of the future…. 1 option is the whole universe will have one conscince all will be one like say each cell in our body is different still it is the part of a common conscience…… 2 option is each one will be granted free will which surely will lead to chaos n battles in two largest oppponent will become unavoidable but you can be what you are….. what choice will you make???? (I think i know the ans…. :P)

  40. Unknown says:

    I am intrested in joining your film factory.Wanted to work with you and your crew.How can I ? I Just completed my 12th class. Comment on this.

  41. Vi says:

    " Do yourself a favour and don’t watch it."If thats your reponse to a request like this, we (the audience) would rather have you NOT make the film so that you don\’t fuck it up with your shitty camera work and let another director take a crack at it. This brilliant story deserves an audience. But with your cynicsm intact, you\’re robbing a good chunk of us off that chance. I really really wish you\’d get yourself together man. Good luck.

  42. vamsi says:

    Thinking of so many tough characters and psychologies , i think u have missed ur own character and i right?

  43. pulkit says:

    You Bastard !

  44. Shalini says:

    Why are you not clarifying if it is \’India 24/7\’ or \’RUNN\’ ?

  45. Naresh Kumar says:

    Waiting so anxiously to see the epic film.

  46. bhanu says:

    being an atheist,how come u have said that its god who made satya(u r lov interest)but not me!!!contradicting right???

  47. Pradeep says:

    Thank you! I got answer for my mail in your reaction for the query "What’s new in the story of Rakta Charitra? It’s been told so many times before."

  48. sandeep says:

    In Rayalaseema, it is said, \’\’Even an angry look can attract a bomb attack.\’\’

  49. Unknown says:

    How does the process of film-making go about! Do you tell the storywriter about the essence of your idea and ask him develop it in detail? Or do you hear them first and then make suitable changes for making film?

  50. Ravi says:

    Dear Ramuji,Why do you rely on shock value to tell your story always except for Rangeela. I think most of your movies these days are like instant coffee its like you inject shock&Awe at every 5th page of your script.Frankly you over did your own creations down to death…Clones of Siva\’s, Satya\’s, Raat\’s.Anyways, Its your call keep (re)making them.But It\’s high time , you are due a rangeela now.A feel good in RGV style is always yummy.How about Rangeela II? Married life of a film star and a tapori ?

  51. venkat says:

    hai ramu garuthis is an intresting episode regarding the law enforcment in paritala regime….which i felt will be somewhat useful to you for the movie.if u want i can mail it to uthanksvenkat

  52. gouravaraju says:

    so you disappoint us(telugu audience) again, we thought you will be making this in telugu after a long time and we\’ll have feast. so who is directing the movie ? yourself or the duo you told at first.

  53. unknown says:

    In Sarkar Raj the last scene is excellent. Rao saab meets Sarkar and asks who\’s next after shankar, Sarkar points Somji whose body laid behind Rao saab then a guy behind Rao saab puts torch on the face of Somji, this particular scene is brilliantly done by you. But my doubt is "What about lights in that room"? Anyway Sarkar Raj is much better than Sarkar, which is a good film too.

  54. daya says:

    Where did you shoot "Prema Katha" ?

  55. Manas says:

    Paresh Rawals get up in Rann is brilliant! Whos idea?

  56. Shalini says:

    Hi Ramu, one more crapy question. ;o)..when was the last time you went to a theater and watched a film made by some one else?I meant, for a movie watching experience not as an obligation or as part of marketing.

  57. bhushan says:

    dear ramu sir, i am one of the greatest fan of u and u r movies ,i waits for u r movies and appreciate ur work,u r one of the greatest film maker of this industry.sir fans like me waits for u r movies like raat,shiva,bhoot,sarkar,jungle,eak haseena thi,all underworld movies ,daud…these are u r master piece… sir i like to see abhishek bachchan in role played by saif ali khan in eak haseena thi,or big b in kala pathar he looks grate in such roles ..all the best to u for u r forth coming film n hope u will think on my suggestions…bhushan sable

  58. Unknown says:

    i firmly agree that there is no new story , its only the situtations and emotions that change . So its totally on you as a director how u see it and how u present them different everytime , I will like to mention Devdas oldest to newest (DEV D). Story is same but the style is different everytime.

  59. Jack says:

    RGV, I am assuming your thoughts on God are same as they were 27 years ago"…take the example of a man who is wishing for a large amount of money…”99.99999% of people don\’t pray. They beg."…Everyone desires to reach a stage of absolute happiness …"You think happiness always depends on external factors. Like you can be happy if Rann & Agyat become hits, or you own a Bentley or a penthouse. Then it is always Relative Happiness. Absolute happiness, by definition, does not depend on any external cause. We can almost never be unconditionally happy or happy without a cause. So we always postpone happiness, until our desire is satisfied. Are we ever HAPPY RIGHT THIS MOMENT? For example what is your state of mind right this moment? Do we ever say "I will be angry tomorrow" or "I will be sad after Diwali"? So why do we keep on saying “I will be happy after this or that criteria is satisfied"? Logic would imply there is a cause only if we are miserable. Rest of the time we should always be happy. On second thought, drop always. We should be happy right this moment. Isn\’t it?This state can be induced by drugs like LSD. Only, again we have become dependent on something 😦 That\’s where spirituality come in. (Note, I am using Spirituality, not Religion) A drug-addict & a spiritual person are both in state of no-mind. The only difference is the addict has fallen below the mind; the spiritual has gone beyond the mind.As long as the mind is there, the happiness can never be absolute. Haven\’t you noticed when you are ecstatic like in orgasm or having a great laugh, there are no thoughts in your mind? At that very moment you were in Nirvana."…pleasure and misery cannot be absolutely defined…”Pleasure is not same as bliss Pleasure is relative. Bliss is absolute."…It is a world devoid of competition…"Other than sports, competition should not exist anywhere. People should work for the sake of the work only (If we start enjoying our work, then by your definition, it is no more work. It is fun! 🙂 ). Else they should change their work (like you dropped engineering). Did Howard Roark compete with anybody? But did he lack initiative? Do you really need competition to achieve excellence? "…We are but our thoughts encased in a body? …"Is that all? Our thoughts are constantly changing. You have yourself said you are not the same person you were a week ago. If you are only thoughts and ideas and feelings, which are constantly changing, then who is aware of this change? Something inside you must have remained unchanged. That \’something\’ is beyond the body, mind, intellect, memory, ego (which is but a function of all your collection of memory). That \’something\’, that Witness, is what I call the Soul."…If the soul is beyond perceiving then in a realistic sense it should be taken as ideas and feelings…"You can perceive your ideas and feelings privately and can change them. They, definitely, are not the soul!"…the example of a wood-cutter who is happy in his profession, we observe that if he suddenly runs into a lot of money, he will stop cutting wood"“he will stop cutting wood" contradicts the assumption that "wood-cutter who is happy""…But very often their lives are controlled by people …"If you are Absolutely Happy, you can NEVER be controlled. It is only when you are relatively happy that your pleasure can turn into misery by an unfavourable review by Khalid Mohammad. Danger: I guarantee, if you are in bliss, you will be persecuted even more. People are jealous of happy people and terrified of blissful people. Look at what happened to Socrates(poisoned), Jesus(crucified), and Ashtavakra (crippled)."…wanting to reach that state in itself is a desire…"Couldn\’t have put it better! Wanting something to happen is the surest way to prevent it from happening. That\’s exactly why Krishna has said "Focus on the action, not on the result". It is not a commandment, it is a very good strategy. Two reasons:1. The action, filmmaking is in your hands. The result, hit or flop is not. So why waste time and energy?2. The moment you focus on hit/flop, you loose focus from film-making. The moment my mind is on the trophy, I have lost focus from the short-pitch delivery."…the degree of power we wish to procure…"What is it that you really wish for? To be happy , isn\’t it? Experiencing a better quality of life, film-making, lovemaking, freedom to do whatever you want to do, money, fame or power are just means to that end. Look without, and being beautiful, intelligent, rich, famous, powerful, successful are only temporary, changing. Look within, and the joy is eternal. It is Bliss.

  60. krushi says:

    sir nenu oka story chebtanu ok aithe chudandi………. ok kakapothe me time waste chesinanduku sorry…….. oka rich person andariki help chestuntadu due to some probs he loses all his properties….his son will be enjoyin a lot till then. he loves a girl and even that girl likes him inko ammayi kuda tanani like chestundi kani tanu rich kadu her love is true…. which he will reveal when he loses evrythin he could not see his parents in that position so he thinks of makin money anyway jeevitham meeda asha lodasteadu….. tana tho oka nammakamiana person ni teesukoni dubai veltadu …….to become a don…. don avvataniki first he goes to race course where he attacks two followers of the weaker don……..if u think thi works i will put it in a better way………………

  61. kush says:

    Hello RGV.You made Satya and for that alone I admire you. You have incredible talent but you could do something close to Satya. But am sure you can, because you did it once, so you can do it again. Sarkar too was brilliant, so was Company. But the best remains Satya. I can never hate you for your other bad movies because these mentioned were brilliant. In your defeats and successes you are very much like me or any other. Only don\’t bore us with idiotic movies too often – that is the only request and is general to all filmmakers not just you.

  62. says:

    oh, my God!

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