Ram Gopal Varma insists he makes movies for his audience, and not for himself. “Otherwise I would have simply made them in my head” he tells Nikhil Varma.

Ram Gopal Varma is a maverick in the Hindi film industry. His films can rarely be typecast into a specific genre. From the underworld (“Satya”, “Company”) and psycho thrillers (“Ek Hassena Thi”) to spooking the cou ntry with “Bhoot”, RGV is back with “Agyaat”, a movie that promises to deliver many more scares.

About his latest film, “Agyaat-The Unknown” that releases tomorrow, Varma says, “It is the story of a film crew, which gets lost in the jungle. The crew members are attacked and murdered one by one by an unknown force, which is never revealed. This provides a surprise element to the movie.”

He quips, “It is very similar, as far as content and the storyline are concerned to Hollywood movies like the ‘Predator’ and the ‘Blair Witch Project’. The element of surprise is used in a manner that has not been seen in many Hindi films.”

Varma feels that the film cannot be dubbed a horror film. ‘“Agyaat’ can be termed as an adventure thriller. It is not a horror movie, since it does not involve ghosts or spirits as such. It is a simple story, with a hidden surprise element.”

He feels that the use of the background score is very important in the making of any thriller/horror movie. “Sound plays an important role as it helps in creating the image or the idea in the minds of the viewers. It helps you guide the story to a large extent and sets the mood.”

He adds, “Many sequences in the movie have no sounds at all. In many shots, only the sounds of the jungle have been used. It helps build audience attention and blends with the mood. It makes the sequences look much more real.”

Varma says that he chooses actors on the basis of the characters that he fleshes out. “I do not make any effort to keep big names out of my movies. I feel that certain characters can be enacted by some specific people only. For example, A ‘Sarkar’ without Amitabh Bachchan is unimaginable, since he brings out the character very well.”

He explains, “Over a period of time, the audience starts to build some characters in their minds. This was the reason that I feel that had ‘Satya’ been made using established actors, it may not have been such a major commercial success. I feel that the movie and the character play a vital role in deciding the actors.”

Varma says that commercial considerations do play a role, when he is directing a movie.

He contends, “I make movies for the audience. I always hope that the audiences like my films. If I was making movies for myself, I do not have to work on making it.” He grins and adds: “I can watch it in my head instead.”

Varma is currently involved in the post production work of “Rann” and is also involved in another project with Vivek Oberoi. He says, “It is a political drama and will also take a look at the functioning of the news media.”


Soha, so good August 13, 2009