Original gangster of Indian cinema

Director Ram Gopal Varma discusses his latest controversial flick

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Published: Sun 31 Oct 2010, 12:06 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:13 PM

DIRECTOR RAM GOPAL Varma is a relatively small man, soft-spoken and reserved, but his film career has been larger than life with the success of his underground and gritty gangster flicks.

This time around, he’s tackling politics.

Varma, who is screening his latest film Rakta Charitra is all about pushing the limits of Indian cinema.

His film tackles the conspiracy theories surrounding the 2005 murder of Paritala Ravi, the ruthless, powerful Indian politician. The crime epic is both blood chilling and bloody.

“In the course of my life I have read biographies of various people and have also come to know through various sources the life stories of many highly dangerous men but all those stories pale in comparison to Ravi’s life story,” he claims.

“This is the story of a man’s phenomenal rise to power and a story of the most intense blood curdling conflict ever heard of between two individuals and it is also the ultimate statement on the oft heard disastrous consequences of a fatal mixture of caste, crime, family feuds and politics.”

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