On June 21 (Sunday), Ram Gopal Varma announced his new production venture Murder based on the caste killing aka honour killing. The film is allegedly based on the killing of Pranay in 2018 by a girl Amrutha's father, Maruthi Rao. Soon after the film was announced, a particular letter allegedly written by Amrutha, went viral on the internet.
In the note, Amrutha expressed her disappointment with RGV for commercializing her life story. Though authenticity of the letter is still unknown, RGV responded to the criticism received for him and his film, Murder, in a series of tweets on June 22 (Monday).
RGV On The Letter
Ram Gopal Varma began with giving a crux of the letter. He wrote, "I wanted to answer to a widely circulated note on the social media claiming to be written by Amrutha, that she felt like committing suicide after she came to know that I am making a film called MURDER based on her and her father's story. Whether Amrutha wrote it or some jobless over enthusiast wrote it, I felt obligated to respond to it to clarify the concerns in the minds of whoever is needlessly concerned about what I will show in MURDER."
RGV Clarifies His View On Murder’s Story
Since he announced the film, everyone started criticising him for showing the story of Amrutha on the celluloid. But RGV clarified by stating, "Firstly I clearly mentioned in the poster that MURDER is based on a true story and I did not claim it to be the true story..The news upon which my film is based upon is in the public domain for years and has been acknowledged by the various people involved."
RGV On Murder’s Three Moral Dilemma
Ram Gopal Varma stated that his film Murder meanders between three moral dilemmas. He wrote, "My film meanders between 3 moral dilemmas 1. On limit of a father's control over his child 2. Should a daughter be ignored even if she's presumably ignorant about what's good for her? 3. Can it be justified to take someone's life in order to better someone else's life?"
RGV On Premature Judgements
Ram Gopal Varma stated that people often judge him without any knowledge. He suggested that his perspective of the incident of honour killing will be known only after the film's release. He wrote, "It is always a perspective as in the view of any journalist who reported it or anyone who investigated it or anyone who speculated about it and I as a filmmaker while making MURDER have a right to give my own understanding of it." "Foolish to assume that I am going to show someone involved in a negative light because I strongly believe that nobody is bad and only bad circumstances make people look bad or make them behave badly," Ramu added.