Ram Gopal Varma
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Penmetsa Ram Gopal Varma (born 7 April 1962), often referred by his initials RGV, is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer, known for his work in Telugu and Hindi films alongside television dramas.Varma received the National Film Award for scripting the political crime drama, Shool (1999). In 2004, he was featured in the BBC World series Bollywood Bosses.
Ram Gopal Varma
Penmetsa Ram Gopal Varma
7 April 1962
|Alma mater||Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College|
|Relatives||Madhu Mantena (Cousin)|
Varma is known for presenting the Sarkar (film series) Indian Political Trilogy, and the Indian Gangster Trilogy; film critic Rajeev Masand had labelled the series as one of the "most influential movies of Hindi cinema". The first installment of the trilogy, Satya, was also listed in CNN-IBN's 100 greatest Indian films of all time.Varma's recent avant-garde works include hits such as the dramatised re-enactment of "Rayalaseema factionism" in Rakta Charitra (2010), the "2008 Mumbai attacks" in The Attacks of 26/11 (2013), the "Operation Cocoon" in Killing Veerappan (2016),and the "Vijayawada riots" in Vangaveeti (2016).
Starting his career as a civil engineer, he made an entry into Telugu cinema with the path-breaking crime thriller, Siva (1989) screened at the 13th International Film Festival of India, and has won Varma, the state Nandi Awards for Best direction, Best first film of a director, and the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu.Subsequently, the film was included in CNN-IBN's list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.Varma's next movie Kshana Kshanam (1991) was screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The sleeper hit won him another Nandi Award for Best Direction, and the Nandi Award for Best Screenplay Writer.
Varma did his schooling at St. Mary's High School, Secunderabad and completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil engineering from V.R. Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada. Even during this period, Varma remained a film buff, through his uncle. Varma would skip classes often and watch films instead. He would watch the same film repeatedly "just to watch certain scenes which interested him."
In an interview to Tehelka, Varma talked about his relationship with his parents and the reasons behind his decision to become a filmmaker.
From my parents' perspective, I looked like a useless bum. It was the truth. I had no objective. I was just fascinated by people, so I used to study their behaviour. I was most fascinated by the bullies in my classroom. They were like gangsters for me. They had the guts to push around people, do things I couldn't— perhaps did not even want to do myself. But I'd want a friend like that (laughs). I used to adulate them like heroes. That was my first touch with anti-socialism. Over a period of time, I developed a low-angle fascination for larger than life people. I was always a loner – not because I was unhappy, but because I live away from myself, not just others. I like to study myself – the way I am walking, talking, behaving. My constant obsession with studying myself and other people is perhaps the primary motivation for me to be a filmmaker.
After a brief stint as a site engineer for Krishna Oberoi hotel in Hyderabad, he put his dreams on the back burner and decided to go to Nigeria to make some money. It was at this moment that he visited a video rental library in Hyderabad. He loved the idea and decided to start one of his own at Ameerpet in Hyderabad, through which he slowly developed connections with the film world.Without being successful as a fourth assistant director in B. Gopal's film Collector Gari Abbai, Varma has worked as a Assistant Director in "Rao Gari Illu" , produced by Annapurna Studios and then landed with the offer of film direction, with the 1989 Telugu film (produced by Annapurna Studios, Siva.
Rachel Dwyer, a reader in world cinema at the University of London-Department of South Asia, marked Varma's Satya as an experiment with a new genre, a variation of film noir that has been called Mumbai Noir, of which Varma is the acknowledged master.In 2010, Varma received critical acclaim at the Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland; a retrospective of his filmography, highlighting Mumbai Noir was staged by film critic Edouard Waintrop, a delegate in the Directors' Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival. Satya and Company, in particular, were cited by British director Danny Boyle as influences on his Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for their "slick, often mesmerizing portrayals of the Mumbai underworld", their display of "brutality and urban violence", and their gritty realism.
In 2005, Varma directed the Godfatheresque-Sarkar, another super-hit thriller inspired by the life of Bal Thackeray and North Indian politics, which was screened to special mention at the New York Asian Film Festival, along with its sequel Sarkar Raj, which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and the 9th IIFA World Premiere-Bangkok, and was archived at the Academy of Motion Pictures library.In 2013, he directed a docudrama, The Attacks of 26/11, showcased to critical acclaim at the Berlin International Film Festival, in the Panorama as well as the Competition section, and was premièred at Films Division of India.The film received highly positive reviews, with critics praising Varma's narrative of assistant commissioner N. R. Mahale, and the discrepancies associated with Mahale's interaction with Ajmal Kasab on anti terrorism.
Film craft and styleEdit
Varma's philosophy is influenced by Russian-American Novelist Ayn Rand, Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and authors like James Hadley Chase and Frederick Forsyth, as well as by Mad magazine. Varma introduced the steadicam to Indian cinema with Siva.Later, he garnered attention in Bollywood with the romantic comedy film, Rangeela (1995) starring Aamir Khan. The film won seven Filmfare Awards. Rangeela was later remade in hollywood as Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!.
He then directed Satya (1998), which won six Filmfare Awards, including the Critics Award for Best Film, In 2005, Indiatimes Movies included Satya in its list of 25 Must See Bollywood Movies.Satya was showcased among the Indian panorama section, at the 1998 International Film Festival of India,Varma received the Bimal Roy memorial award for best direction for this film.In the same year, he co-produced Dil Se.., directed by Mani Ratnam, screened at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival, and won the Netpac Award, as well as two National Film Awards and six Filmfare Awards.Satya, together with his 2002 film Company (which he directed, won three IIFA Awards, seven Filmfare Awards, and a Bollywood Movie Award for best direction, and was premiered at the 2004 Austin Film Festival) and the 2005 film D (which he produced), were also featured in the Fribourg International Film Festival, and the New York Asian Film Festival.
In 1991, Varma experimented with the supernatural thriller, Raat, and the 1992 Neo-noir, crime film Drohi, and gained positive reviews from critics.During the years between his trilogy, from Satya in 1998 to D in 2005, Varma implemented different film genres in his craft. In 1999, he directed Kaun, a suspense thriller set entirely in one house and featuring only three actors, and Mast, a subversion of Hindi cinema's masala genre.In 2000, he directed Jungle, set entirely in a jungle, for which he was nominated for the Star Screen Award for Best Director. In 2003 he directed another supernatural thriller Bhoot on the lines of his earlier hit Raat. Bhoot became a major hit at the box office,and Varma was nominated for the Filmfare Best Director Award for the film.
Bhoot was followed by even more horror movies, including hit films such as Darna Mana Hai (2003), Darna Zaroori Hai (2006), and Phoonk (2008), gaining Varma the status of ster of the Indian horror genre.Other experimental productions of Varma include Ek Hasina Thi (2003), a psychological thriller, and Ab Tak Chhappan (2004), a film about an inspector in the Mumbai Encounter Squad noted for having killed 56 people in encounters, featured at the Fantastic Fest. In 2006, he re-made a new installment of Shiva, which was screened at the New York Asian Film Festival, where in a retrospective featuring Varma's experimental hits such as Company, Ek Hasina Thi, Ab Tak Chhappan, Sarkar, Contract, and Shabri was staged.Shabri was also screened at Rome Film Festival. 2010 film on media, Rann was screened at Toronto International Film Festival.A two-part bilingual Parallel cinema Rakta Charitra (2010), on the theme of South Indian politics, was based on the life of Paritala Ravindra, and Maddela Cheruvu Suri; the film received praise from critics.
Varma started his career in the Telugu film industry as an assistant director on the sets of films such as Collector Gari Abbai and Rao Gari Illu. His father Krishnam Raju Varma, was a sound recordist at the Annapurna Studios. Varma met Nagarjuna Akkineni at the studios with the help of his friend nomula rohith yogi, and narrated a scene to the actor which impressed him.The result of their collaboration was a film on the criminalisation of student politics – Siva. It was a commercially successful film that gave Varma an opportunity to demonstrate his technical expertise and story telling skills.
Kshana Kshanam with Venkatesh, Gaayam with Jagapathi Babu and Anaganaga Oka Roju with J.D. Chakravarthy were successful, Govinda Govinda with Nagarjuna proved to be a moderate success at the box office.During this period, Varma produced films such as Money and Money Money. Other films by Varma in Telugu include Gulabi (1995); Madhyanam Hathya (2004); Rakta Charitra (2010), Dongala Mutha (2011), Rowdy(2014), Ice Cream(2014).Varma introduced online auction based film distribution model for this venture, and tasted success.
Varma's notable mainstream works in Hindi cinema include Daud (1997), Darna Zaroori Hai (2006), Nishabd (2007), Darling (2007), and Phoonk (2008). Bollywood film makers such as Anurag Kashyap, Madhur Bhandarkar, Puri Jagannadh, E. Nivas, Prawaal Raman, Krishna Vamsi, Vishram Sawant, and Hansal Mehta assisted Varma, before venturing into direction.In 1993, he scripted the Tamil thriller Thiruda Thiruda, screened at Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015, Varma was fined for Rs 10 Lakhs, for an alleged copyright violation with the film Aag (2007).He made his directorial debut in Kannada cinema with the thriller Killing Veerappan.
Ram Gopal Varma made his début in Television through a Talk Show titled Ramuism. The show is being aired on a Telugu channel since September 2014. The show is noted for its fresh and witty appeal. The show focuses on Varma's Point of View on social issues such as Education, Religion, Mythology, Children, Crime, Death, Anger, Godmen, Woman, Philosophy, Cinema etc. The show is hosted by Swapna, the managing editor of Sakshi TV.
Varma wrote an autobiography titled Na Ishtam, which discusses his life experiences and philosophy. 'Naa Ishtam' was released in December 2010 at Taj Banjara, Hyderabad.Sirasri, poet, lyricist and writer wrote a biographical book on the interactions he had with Ram Gopal Varma with the title Vodka With Varma. Director Puri Jagannadh launched the book in December 2012.
In November 2015, Varma published his book Guns and Thighs: The Story of My Life, which discusses a wide range of subjects, from the influences and circumstances that drew him to cinematic techniques, his successful and unsuccessful films, his Bollywood idols, his live in relationship with Suchitra Krishnamoorthy his relationship with the media and the controversies dogging him, his philosophy of life, and Indian cinema. On this occasion, Varma said "I dedicated my book to Ayn Rand, Bruce Lee, Urmila Matondkar, Amitabh Bachchan, and a few gangsters."
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1999||Shool||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi||Won|||
|1989||Siva||Nandi Award for Best Director||Won|
|1989||Siva||Nandi Award for Best First Film of a Director||Won|
|1991||Kshana Kshanam||Nandi Award for Best Director||Won|
|1991||Kshana Kshanam||Nandi Award for Best Screenplay Writer||Won|
|1993||Money||Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Silver||Won|
|1999||Prema Katha||Nandi Award for Best Director||Won|
|1999||Prema Katha||Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Bronze||Won|
|1995||Rangeela||Filmfare Best Story Award||Won|||
|1995||Rangeela||Filmfare Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|1995||Rangeela||Filmfare Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|1998||Satya||Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie||Won|||
|1998||Satya||Filmfare Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|2003||Company||Filmfare Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|2003||Company||Filmfare Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|2004||Bhoot||Filmfare Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|2006||Sarkar||Filmfare Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|1989||Siva||Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu||Nominated|
|1991||Kshana Kshanam||Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu||Nominated|
|1993||Gaayam||Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu||Nominated|
|1997||Anaganaga Oka Roju||Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu||Nominated|
|1997||Anaganaga Oka Roju||Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu||Nominated|
|1999||Prema Katha||Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu||Nominated|
|1999||Satya||Bimal Roy Memorial Award for Best Direction||Won|||
|2002||Company||IIFA Award for Best Movie||Nominated|
|2002||Company||IIFA Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|1998||Satya||Bollywood Movie Award – Best Director||Won|
|2000||Jungle||Bollywood Movie Award – Best Director||Won|
|2002||Company||Bollywood Movie Award – Best Director||Won|
|2003||Bhoot||Bollywood Movie Award – Best Director||Won|
|2004||Bhoot||Best Director of The Year||Nominated|||
|2005||Ab Tak Chhappan||Best Producer of The Year||Nominated|
|2000||Jungle||Screen Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|2002||Company||Screen Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|2009||Sarkar Raj||Screen Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|2009||Sarkar Raj||Stardust Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|2010||Rakta Charitra||Readers Choice Award for Best Director - Action/Thriller||Nominated|
|1989||Siva||Vamsee Berkley Awards||Best Director||Won|
|1993||Gaayam||Akruthi Film Award||Best Director||Won|
|1989||Siva||Telugu||Yes||NO||Yes||Nandi Award for Best Director
Nandi Award for Best First Film of a Director
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu
International Film Festival of India
|1990||Shiva||Hindi||Yes||No||Remake of Siva
|1991||Kshana Kshanam||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Dubbed into Hindi as Hairaan
Nandi Award for Best Director
|1992||Antham / Drohi||Telugu/Hindi||Yes||Yes||Bilingual film
|1992||Raat / Raatri||Telugu/Hindi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Telugu-Hindi bilingual
|1993||Money||Telugu||Yes||Remade as Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Silver Nandi)
|1993||Govinda Govinda||Telugu||Yes||Yes||thriller film|
|1993||Thiruda Thiruda||Tamil||Yes||road movie|
|1995||Rangeela||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Filmfare Award for Best Story
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director
|1995||Money Money||Telugu||Yes||comedy film|
|1997||Anaganaga Oka Roju||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Yes||road movie|
|1998||Satya||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Dubbed into Telugu as Satya
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director
|1998||Dil Se..||Hindi||Yes||Co-Produced with Mani Ratnam & Shekhar Kapur
|1998||Wife of V. Varaprasad||Telugu||Yes||comedy film|
|1999||Prema Katha||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze Nandi)
Nandi Award for Best Director
|1999||Shool||Hindi||Yes||Yes||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
|2001||Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega||Hindi||Yes||Remake of Money
|2001||Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya||Hindi||Yes||romance film|
|2002||Company||Hindi||Yes||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director
|2003||Bhoot||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director
|2003||Ek Hasina Thi||Hindi||Yes|
|2003||Darna Mana Hai||Hindi||Yes||horror film|
|2004||Ab Tak Chhappan||Hindi||Yes||crime film|
|2004||Vaastu Shastra||Hindi||Yes||Dubbed into Telugu as Marri Chettu
|2004||Madhyanam Hathya||Telugu||Yes||thriller film|||
|2005||My Wife's Murder||Hindi||Yes||Remake of Madhyanam Hathya
|2005||Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon||Hindi||Yes||drama film|||
|2005||Sarkar||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director
|2005||Mr Ya Miss||Hindi||Yes||comedy film|||
|2006||Darwaza Bandh Rakho||Hindi||Yes||comedy film|||
|2006||Darna Zaroori Hai||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Directed only Story 1
|2007||Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Yes||crime film|||
|2008||Sarkar Raj||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Yes||political drama
Cannes film festival
|2008||Raksha||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Remake of Phoonk|||
|2010||Rakta Charitra||Hindi, Telugu||Yes||Yes||Biographical film|||
|2010||Rakta Charitra 2||Hindi, Telugu||Yes||Yes||Biographical film|||
|2010||Phoonk 2||Hindi||Yes||Executive Producer
|2011||Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju||Telugu||Yes||Yes||comedy film|||
|2011||Dongala Mutha||Telugu||Yes||Yes||thriller film|||
|2011||Not a Love Story||Hindi||Yes||Yes||thriller film|||
|2012||Bhoot Returns||Hindi||Yes||Yes||horror film|||
|2013||The Attacks of 26/11||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Docudrama|||
|2013||Satya 2||Telugu/Hindi||Yes||Yes||crime film|||
|2014||Ice Cream||Telugu||Yes||Yes||horror film|||
|2014||Ice Cream 2||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Slasher film|||
|2014||A day in the life of Lakshmi Manchu's feet||Silent||Yes||Short film|||
|2015||365 Days||Telugu||Yes||Yes||romance film|||
|2016||Killing Veerappan||Kannada||Yes||Yes||Docudrama Film|||
|2016||Vangaveeti||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Biographical film; RGV's 50th directorial|||
|2017||Sarkar 3||Hindi||Yes||Political thriller|||
|2017||Meri Beti Sunny Leone Banna Chaahti Hai||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Short film|||
|2018||God, Sex and Truth||English||Yes||Short film|||
|2019||Lakshmi's NTR||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Biographical drama|||
|2019||Amma Rajyam Lo Kadapa Biddalu||Telugu||Yes||Yes||Political thriller|||
|2020||Beautiful||Telugu / Hindi||Yes|||
|2020||Climax||Telugu||Yes||Released on RGV World / ShreyasET|||
|2020||Naked Nanga Nagnam||Telugu||Yes||Released on RGV World / ShreyasET|||
|2020||Power Star||Telugu||Yes||Released on RGV World|||
|2020||Thriller||Telugu||Yes||Released on RGV World|||
|2021||12 'O' Clock||Hindi||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|TBA||Enter The Girl Dragon||Hindi
|2021||Dheyyam||Telugu||Yes||Releasing on 16 April|||
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- "I regret all films with Big B except for 'Sarkar' series: RGV". timesofindia.com. 2 March 2017.
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- "Zee Cine Awards 2004 takes flight". indiantelevision.com. 7 February 2004.
- "Film flashback: 'Shiva', from the days when Ram Gopal Varma was truly great". scroll.in. 16 May 2017.
- "30 years for RGV, Nagarjuna, Amala's Shiva". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 5 October 2019.
- "Revisiting 'Kshana Kshanam': The Sridevi-Venkatesh crime drama that remains a classic". henewsminute.com. 3 July 2020.
- "Ram Gopal Varma shares a photo with Sridevi from the sets of Kshana Kshanam". pinkvilla.com. 10 March 2018.
- "THIS WEEK THAT YEAR: RAM GOPAL VARMA ON AAMIR KHAN, URMILA MATONDKAR AND JACKIE SHROFF'S RANGEELA". mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com. 12 September 2020.
- "Revisiting Ram Gopal Varma's Rangeela: A lovely homage to the movies". indianexpress.com. 8 September 2020.
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- "15 years of Company: Ajay Devgn says RGV at first refused him the role of Malik". hindustantimes.com. 14 April 2017.
- "Ajay Devgn on Company - When RGV narrated the film to me, he said I wouldn't be the right choice". pinkvilla.com. 16 April 2017.
- "Bhoot will make audiences uneasy'". rediff.com. 27 May 2003.
- "Varma set to unleash Bhoot". trubuneindia.com. 4 May 2003.
- "RGV seeks inspiration for 'Naach'". sify.com. 27 March 2004.
- "Ram Gopal Varma's 'Naach' starring Abhishek Bachchan, Antara Mali". indiatoday.in. 29 November 2004.
- "Womens' organizations demand ban on Telugu movie 'Madhyanam Hatya". nowrunning.com. 4 September 2004.
- "Women protest against Ramu's film". rediff.com. 3 September 2004.
- "'My Wife's Murder goes beyond sex'". rediff.com. 18 August 2005.
- "My Wife's Murder: This RGV film failed to excite his fans in 2005". thehansindia.com. 18 July 2020.
- "MAIN MADHURI DIXIT BANNA CHAHTI HOON". boxofficeindia.com. 10 October 2003.
- "RGV comes out with another bone-chilling thriller". tribuneindia.com. 3 June 2005.
- "There's something about Deshu". rediff.com. 3 June 2005.
- "Riya Sen is Ramu's new muse?". hindustantimes.com. 8 July 2005.
- "Audio release - James". idlebrain.com. 29 August 2005.
- "Sarkar is just Godfather, dumbed-down". rediff.com. 30 June 2005.
- "Balasaheb inspired the dialogues of Sarkar: RGV". hidustantimes.com. 19 November 2012.
- "Film fever' takes Rana to RGV". dnaindia.com. 15 September 2005.
- "Former Star executives in movie deal with Ram Gopal Varma". indiantelevision.com. 3 June 2005.
- "RGV's 'Darwaza Bandh Rakho'". bollywoodhungama.com. 7 March 2006.
- "Directorial debut for 'Satya'". hindustantimes.com. 28 July 2006.
- "Shock". idlebrain.com. 9 February 2006.
- "RGV's reinvented 'Shiva' to release on Aug 25". oneindia.com. 7 August 2006.
- "Banking on Shiva". tribuneindia.com. 24 September 2006.
- "Darna Zaroori Hai". hindustantimes.com. 29 April 2006.
- "Darna Interesting Hai". rediff.com. 28 April 2006.
- "'Nishabd is Ramu's most sensitive story'". tribuneindia.com. 18 March 2007.
- "Now, Jiten picks on Ramu". dnaindia.com. 7 January 2007.
- "RGV's Aag goes up in smoke, takes Rs 16-cr hit". economictimes.indiatimes.com. 4 September 2007.
- "Ram Gopal Varma hits rock bottom with film flop". reuters.com. 11 September 2007.
- "Not too bad, Darling". rediff.com. 7 September 2007.
- "Review: Darling is RGV ki comic-horror movie". rajeevmasand.com. 1 December 2011.
- "Gautam Gupta on a 'Go'". hindustantimes.com. 27 September 2007.
- "Sarkar Raj: RGV flop show continues". economictimes.indiatimes.com. 10 June 2008.
- "Sarkar Raj: RGV's shot to regain lost turf". indianexpress.com. 7 June 2008.
- "RGV's Contract disappoints". rediff.com. 18 July 2008.
- "Contract". indianexpress.com. 19 July 2008.
- "Horror-hungry viewers lap up RGV's Phoonk". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 25 August 2008.
- "RGV dares!". timesofindia.com. 31 July 2008.
- ""Raksha isn't a dubbed version of Phoonk; it's a totally original remake" - RGV". bollywoodhungama.com. 23 September 2008.
- "Raksha' Review: No Big Fear Factor". greatandhra.com. 19 September 2008.
- "RGV's 'gory' gimmick for Agyaat". indiatoday.in. 4 August 2009.
- "RGV ignores strike,'Agyaat' to release in July". indianexpresa.com. 2 June 2009.
- "Rann is 100% inspired by real life , says RGV". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 21 January 2010.
- "Rann is a men's film: Ram Gopal Varma". hindustantimes.com. 5 January 2010.
- "RGV's next based on a chapter from 'Rakht Charitra'". business-standard.com. 9 December 2014.
- "'Rakta Charitra' faces ban all over South India". newindianexpress.com. 9 June 2010.
- "RGV's Rakta Charitra: In 2 parts, 3 weeks apart". ndtv.com. 21 October 2010.
- "Rakta Charitra II". indianexpress.com. 10 December 2010.
- "RGV challenges public to watch his horror film alone". indianexpress.com. 23 February 2010.
- "Review: 'Phoonk 2' is a complete letdown". dnaindia.com. 16 April 2010.
- "KSD Appalraju review: RGV fails to impress". rediff.com. 18 February 2011.
- "2011 begins with problems for RGV". newindianexpress.com. 2 January 2011.
- "RGV's Shabri to release after five years on Aug 26". ndtv.com. 28 July 2011.
- "Ram Gopal Varma dumps Eesha Koppikar's comeback vehicle". indiatoday.in. 26 August 2011.
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- "RGV in title trouble". hindustantimes.com. 2 June 2011.
- "RGV: Not A Love Story is just a quickie". rediff.com. 19 August 2011.
- "RGV Refuses to Show 'Not A Love Story' to Maria". outlookindia.com. 6 August 2011.
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- "RGV's 'Bhoot Returns'". newindianexpress.com. 2 September 2012.
- "RGV ready to scare audience with 'Bhoot Returns'". deccanherald.com. 1 September 2012.
- "RGV to hold special screening of The Attacks of 26/11 for Rakesh Maria". indiatoday.in. 22 February 2013.
- "RGV Misses The Boat". newslaundry.com. 6 March 2013.
- "Review : RGV's Psycho – Psychotic mess". 123telugu.com. 21 June 2013.
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- "Movie review: Ram Gopal Varma's Satya 2 is a disaster". hindustantimes.com. 8 November 2013.
- "Satya 2' review: Where Ram Gopal Varma has gone,the guy who had a sense of plot development". indianexpress.com. 8 November 2013.
- "First Look: Ram Gopal Varma's Rowdy". rediff.com. 19 March 2014.
- "RGV dedicates Rowdy's background score to Ilayaraja". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 15 January 2017.
- "Ram Gopal Varma to throw a success party for his FLOP film Ice Cream!". India.com. 17 July 2014.
- "Movie Review: Ice Cream; RGV fails to scare again". deccanchronicle.com. 13 July 2014.
- "RGV Anukshanam movie review". thehansindia.com. 12 September 2014.
- "Anukshanam trailer: Ram Gopal Varma's psycho killer film looks gripping!". bollywoodlife.com. 1 August 2014.
- "Mrudhula Basker in RGV's 'Ice Cream 2'". indiaexpress.com. 12 August 2014.
- "RGV reunites with J.D. Chakravarthy in 'Ice Cream 2'". indiatvnews.com. 16 August 2014.
- "RGV's short film on Lakshmi Manchu's feet". deccanchronicle.com. 1 October 2014.
- "At Lakshmi's feet". thehindu.com. 30 September 2014.
- "Ram Gopal Varma's new film is a romance called 365 Days". hindustantimes.com. 17 February 2015.
- "'365 Days' Ram Gopal Varma's first U-certified film in his career". indianexpress.com. 5 May 2015.
- "Veerappan trailer: Will this mark the return of Ram Gopal Varma we know?". hindustantimes.com. 19 April 2016.
- "Ram Gopal Verma's Veerappan creating ripples in south India". indiatodaday.in. 5 January 2016.
- "Attack' movie review roundup: RGV-Manoj's film bags mixed verdict, poor ratings from critics". ibtimes.co.in. 1 April 2016.
- "Attack movie review: Dhoolpet gang wars fail to make the kill". DeccanChronicle.com. 2 April 2016.
- "Veerappan movie review: Ram Gopal Varma shouldn't have named his film Veerappan". indiatoday.in. 27 May 2016.
- "Veerappan trailer: Will this mark the return of Ram Gopal Varma we know?". hindustantimes.com. 19 April 2016.
- "Vangaveeti: Ram Gopal Varma's latest film is his most violent work". himdustantimes.com. 23 December 2016.
- "Vangaveeti movie review: Ram Gopal Varma fails to capture the real on reel". indianexpress.com. 23 December 2016.
- "Amit Sadh on Sarkar 3: 'Ram Gopal Varma is a genius; I will do any film with him". firstpost.com. 11 May 2017.
- "Ram Gopal Varma on Sarkar 3: 'Amitabh Bachchan is like wine, he gets better with age'". firstpost.com. 10 May 2017.
- "RGV's short film Meri Beti Sunny Leone Banna Chahti Hai reflects shameless opportunism". firstpost.com. 6 June 2017.
- "'Meri Beti SUNNY LEONE Banna Chaahti Hai' review: Ram Gopal Varma's short is too vanilla to digest". dnaindia.com. 6 June 2017.
- "Check Out The Trailer Of Ram Gopal Varma's 'God, Sex And Truth'". missmalini.com. 16 January 2018.
- "What really is the point of Ram Gopal Varma's God, Sex and Truth?". indianexpress.com. 25 January 2018.
- "Officer: Why you should you watch this Nagarjuna-Ram Gopal Varma film". indiatoday.in. 30 May 2018.
- "Officer movie review: Even Nagarjuna's no-nonsense approach can't save Ram Gopal Varma's latest film". firstpost.com. 1 June 2018.
- "Bhairava Geetha is action packed love story: Ram Gopal Varma". thehansindia.com. 31 August 2018.
- "Bhairava Geetha movie review: Not a love story". indianexpress.com. 6 December 2018.
- "Ram Gopal Varma's Lakshmi's NTR to release on March 29". indianexpress.com. 21 March 2019.
- "Lakshmi's NTR Movie Reviews: Ram Gopal Varma film gets slammed online". indiatodaay.in. 29 March 2019.
- "Amma Rajyam Lo Kadapa Biddalu Movie Review: Nothing entertaining about AP politics". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 12 December 2019.
- "RGV's 'Amma Rajyam Lo Kadapa Biddalu' gets a new release date". yovizag.com. 7 December 2019.
- "'Beautiful' trailer: Ram Gopal Varma shares his ode to 'Rangeela' and it is yet another heartbreaking love story". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 9 October 2019.
- "Beautiful movie review highlights: A predictable love story". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 1 January 2020.
- "RGV's Climax set for digital release". cinemaexpress.com. 29 May 2020.
- "Ram Gopal Varma's Climax Movie Review: Porn With An Identity Crisis". filmcompanion.in. 7 June 2020.
- "Naked Nanga Nagnam movie review: Ram Gopal Varma's latest venture falls flat despite a twist in the climax". zoomtventertainment.com. 28 June 2020.
- "Ram Gopal Varma reveals name and hot photos of Naked Nanga Nagnam (NNN) heroine". ibtimes.co.in. 21 June 2020.
- "Ram Gopal Varma releases Powerstar on his own OTT platform". Indian express.com. 26 July 2020.
- "Ram Gopal Varma releases 'Power Star' starring Pawan Kalyan lookalike on app, claims 'record-breaking views'". Zeenews.india.com. 25 July 2020.
- "Ram Gopal Varma's 'Thriller' trailer, featuring Apsara Rani, released; Watch". republicworld.com. 31 July 2020.
- "Thriller Movie Review". tollywood.net. 15 August 2020.
- "'Coronavirus' Trailer: Ram Gopal Varma's film is a realistic take on the Pandemic Fear". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2 December 2020.
- "Ram Gopal Varma: We have the blessings of Coronavirus for this film". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 5 December 2020.
- "Ram Gopal Varma's film 'Murder' gets nod for release with conditions". hindustantimes.com. 7 December 2020.
- "Murder: Ram Gopal Varma's film about Miryalaguda honour killing gets green signal from Telangana High Court". hindustantimes.com. 7 November 2020.
- "'Murder' Review: Netizens not impressed with this Telugu thriller". republicworld.com. 26 February 2021.
- "Ram Gopal Varma announces new horror film titled 12 'o' Clock". cinemaexpress.com. 31 December 2020.
- "Ram Gopal Varma To Inaugurate 2021 For Bollywood By Bringing His 12 'o' Clock In Cinema Halls". koimoi.com. 23 December 2020.
- "CBFC refuses to certify RGVs Disha Encounter film sent to revising committee". cinemaexpress.com. 4 February 2021.
- "Disha Encounter movie Telangana HC allows parents two weeks to contest censor board nod". newindianexpress.com. 15 June 2021.
- "Enter The Girl Dragon teaser review: Ram Gopal Varma blends martial art with skin show". ibtimes.co.in. 27 November 2019.
- "Enter The Girl Dragon: Ram Gopal Varma brings back his long-delayed project; teaser on Nov 27". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 25 November 2019.
- "RGV Deyyam Movie Review". filmyfocus.com. 16 April 2021.
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