After a hiatus, Ram Gopal Varma will be back in the business of making films with a vengeance. He will soon be flagging off multiple films next year (2011) where he won't necessarily be coming behind the camera as a director.
"That's true, I can't sit quite for long. I have to start new productions now," confirms Ramu, whose last production without him as a director, was ill fated Go (2007). On the other hand, his other production Shabri is stuck in the cans for years.
There was a time when Ram Gopal Varma was busy giving breaks to number of first time directors. They could have ranged from spot boys to assistant directors to writers but anyone with promise, who caught fancy of Ramu, had good opportunity to get a film for himself.
"However, the results weren't always favourable", comments an industry veteran, "Look at the line up of such films with first time directors. Except for Shimit Amin (Ab Tak Chappan), Sriram Raghavan (Ek Hasina Thi) and to some extent Chandan Arora (Main Madhuri Dixit Banana Chahti Hoon) and E. Niwas (Shool), none of the others managed to make any niche for themselves."
His argument does make sense. After all, post their debut films, the makers of Pyaar Tuyne Kya Kiya, Road, Gayab, My Wife's Murder, James, Mr Ya Miss and Go have hardly made much mark in Bollywood over the decade gone by.
"Ramu went back to directing each of his last few productions, whether Rakta Charitra, Agyaat, Sarkar Raj, Sarkar, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Nishabd or Shiva in the interim period," adds the veteran.
However, as things stand today, Ramu is pretty gung ho about making films with other directors and is all set to announce his plans. When asked to comment on the concrete timelines, Ramu said, "It is a little too early to divulge the whole plan. Announcement around the new line up would be made soon. Just wait a little."
We hope the wait is indeed worth it, Ramu!