Despite getting death threat Ram Gopal Varma is freely moving around in Hyderabad. The director is visiting his mother in the city and will not stay away because of the threat.
He says, “This is not the first time I"m under threat. It has happened to me on several occasions. When in the history of assassinations have security guards been able to save anyone? The one who is determined to kill you will do."
Supporters of an alleged outlaw Ubala Reddy, who figures prominently in Rakta Charitra are not amused by the way they think their leader must have been portrayed in Varma"s film. But, Ramu is more amused than frightened by these threats. He says,“They"ve sent a long legal notice in which they express their misgivings about Ubala Reddy. But, I want to know how they know how I"ve portrayed the character (played by Abhimanyu Singh) when they haven"t seen a single frame?"
Ramu refuses to surrender to such arm twisting tactics “They"re welcome to do what they like. My film remains unchanged."
While Rakta Charitra is being released on 22nd October, the release date for the sequel which is ready, is not decided.
Says Ramu, “We decided on doing the sequel simultaneously to save costs. It doesn"t matter how Rakta Charitra fares. We"ll release the sequel. So far whoever has seen the film has loved it. The best compliment came from a rival actor, who said he was sad about it, but this film would bring Vivek back into the reckoning."