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Ram Gopal Varma

On his new target—a zero-budget Telugu film, Dhongala Mutha, in five days

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Ram Gopal Varma
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After Rakta Charitra, you’re back in the news with a zero-budget Telugu film.

I’m making Dongala Mutha with Ravi Teja and Charmee and a total cast of 10, a crew of five, including me. No one’s charging a fee. If the film does well, they’ll get a take in the profits.

When will the film be released?

We’ll finish shooting in five days starting February 9 and it will be released 20 days after shooting. New cameras and technology these days allow one to do away with large units.

You have directed another Telugu film, Katha, after a long gap.

Yes. It’s a spoof on the Telugu film industry.

Are you moving back to Telugu filmdom?

It’s not that way. Some of my scripts need the larger catchment area of Bollywood. But some suit Telugu films.

What are your next Hindi and Telugu films?

I have Department with Abhishek, Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt and also a 3-D adventure film. In Telugu, I have Bejawada Rowdilu, a movie on the gang war culture in Vijayawada.

You’re a major fan of Sridevi and said you couldn’t take it when you saw her as a housewife serving tea.

Yes, I couldn’t bear that dent to the image I have of Sridevi. Please read my blog.

What movies do you watch?

Mostly foreign films. All my movies are copies of Hollywood, some of them pretty trashy copies. All filmmakers copy from Hollywood.

There are rumours of the underworld funding your films.

I have UTV, Reliance and Religare. I don’t need the underworld.

Much is made of your rift with Karan Johar.

We just keep poking fun at each other on Twitter and enjoy the media hype.

Any more horror films in the making?

I’m working on a script but I don’t plan my life that far ahead.

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