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Was it right to visit the Taj Ramu?

By: By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
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Ram Gopal Varma created a huge uproar by visiting the Taj Mahal Hotel with Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and his son Riteish Deshmukh after the Mumbai terror attacks. The flamboyant director might give hundreds of explanation about being there when the cameras were rolling but even a toddler can say what Ramu's intention were.

Ramu's insensitive act has drawn sharp criticism from both within the industry and outside it. The director is adamant that he had no business intention while walking the interiors of the Taj with the CM. He maintains that his curiosity got over his mind and took him to the Taj. Agreed after such an incident any curious person would have wanted to have a look at the Taj but what Ramu did was not acceptable at any cost.

It is surprising that the director did not visit the CST along with Riteish and take a first hand account of what happened there if he was so curious. He might deny but Riteish was sure to wear the black attire of the NSG commandos and fight the terrorists in the upcoming movie. True the story of our brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their motherland needs to be told. But Ramu could have waited for the moist eyes of the people to dry to start his research.

Perhaps what has hurt everyone is the denial that followed from the director about making a movie on the mindless terror attack. Had he accepted his mistake in going there people would not have had thus much of grudge and anger against him. Well it is this stubborn nature of Ram Gopal Varma that is his biggest strength as well as his weakness.

Ramu has surely lost a wonderful plot to make another of his trademark dark movies. He will now be the last director to think about a movie on this subject. When all sections of the society have been hit by the attack business ideas should have been kept aside for some time. Was it right to visit the Taj at this time Ramu? It is good to be curious but curiosity is no excuse to become insane.

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