Ram Gopal Varma Biography
Ram Gopal Varma Penmetsa was born in Hyderabad to Krishnam Raju Penmetsa and Suryamma. Varma was not a good student in school and use to skip classes regularly, something that strained his relationship with his family, particularly his father.
Career In Telugu Cinema
Varma started his film career in the Telugu film industry as assistant director for the films Raogaarillu and Collectorgari Abbai. Varma managed to meet Nagarjuna on the sets of a film and narrated a scene to the actor which impressed him so much that Varma's dream of becoming a director came true.
The result of their collaboration was a film on the criminalization of student politics - Shiva. The film was a blockbuster with Varma demonstrating his technical expertise and story telling skills. The success of the film in Telugu led to a Hindi remake with similar success.
Career In Hindi Cinema
While Varma's first successful Hindi film was the remake of Shiva, the film that really put the spotlights on him was the blockbuster Rangeela. With great acting from the lead trio of Aamir Khan, Jackie Shroff, and Urmila Matondkar, a fantastic soundtrack by composer A. R. Rahman.
Varma is divorced and now single. He has a daughter.