If there is one director in the industry who is immune to Box Office results of a movie it has to be Ram Gopal Varma. Critics had ridiculed him after Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag bombed despite having a huge star cast.. There were even talks of making a sarcastic movie 'Ramu Ho Gaya Pagal' on him. He was suddenly off the list of the best directors in the industry.
His movies were seen as an example of what not to do. Overnight people had forgotten that the same man had made movies like Satya, Company and Sarkar Raj. All big directors have had their share of flops but nobody was outcast in the industry the way Ram Gopal Varma was. Many considered Ram Gopal Varma to be finished.
Sarkar Raj has been an answer to all his critics who had tried to write the script from him. Even though the film has grossed well all over India and also in the overseas market they there seems to be a hidden force trying to pull it down. The anti Bachchan lobby in the industry may be trying their hand in this as very often you don't get an opportunity to associate all the three Bachchans together with a flop.
Ramu however is not very bothered about all this and says its a norm in the industry. He cites this to be the frustration among other filmmakers who had predicted another Box Office doom for the movie. The ace director rather likes to focus on upcoming movies Contract and Phoonk. The are already plans of a Sarkar III and Ramu says its a long way to go.
One of the reasons why Ramu is isolated in the industry may be because he tries to excel in the art of movie making and not in movie promotion. He does not hop from sets of one reality show to another to promote his movies, nor does he make 31 stars dance in a title song. At the end of the day Ramu is a good filmmaker and not a great businessman.