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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, December 5, 2009 – 00:00 IST

RGV returns with Phoonk 2

Maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma is ready with the sequel of Phoonk, titled Phoonk 2. The film has been directed by Milind Gadagkar, who had written the original version.

Launching the first look of the film, RGV Said, “When Milind Gadagkar the writer of Phoonk came up with the idea of Phoonk 2, the opening sequence itself made me jump up in my seat. The moment I read the entire script I was convinced that he should direct the film as I was amazed at the clarity he had in detailing of the story.”

Comparisons between the two films are inevitable, to which he replies, “In spite of Phoonk’s hit status quite a few people say that it’s not a scary film and there is a reason for that. Scare can be of two kinds, where one is of a kind which scares you due to a completely helpless situation you catch yourself in, and the other which just plain scares your senses. Bhoot falls in the 2nd category whereas Phoonk falls in the 1st one. Phoonk 2 also falls in the 2nd category where its intention is as plain and simple – to just scare the audience’s pants off.”

On choosing the horror genre for his first film, debutante director Milind Gadagkar says, “Ever since I can remember, I have always been a huge fan of the horror genre and the psychosis of fear. Fear is such a strong emotion that it defies all logic. As small children we are scared of entering a dark room; somewhere further in life, we rather try and avoid isolated roads with no street lights.”

“It is not just ghosts that we are scared of but there are times in our lives when a strange and inexplicable incident also scares the hell out of us. Studying this phenomenon of fear has always intrigued me. All said and done, I am really thrilled that inspite of me not having liked Phoonk, Ramu liked Phoonk 2,” Milind concludes.

When asked if he was satisfied with Milind’s treatment of the film, RGV said, “When I saw the 1st cut of what Milind showed me of the film, I told him that it’s not only far better than Phoonk but I think it is the scariest film Bollywood has ever made and it is miles above all my so-called scary films like Bhoot, etc and I mean every word of it from my spine onwards….. Chilling!”

RGV even lets out a bit of the story, “If the entire Phoonk story was about how this evil woman who practices black magic was bent upon torturing and killing a little girl in order to make her father suffer and how the father after desperately trying every measure manages to get a tantrik who kills the evil woman, Phoonk-2 starts off with the spirit of the evil woman coming back from the dead and brutally murdering the tantrik.”

The film has been made in three languages, Hindi, Tamil (Bommai-2) and Telugu (Aavaham). Looks like audiences can await one chilly ride with Phoonk 2.

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Vivek Oberoi on love, life and a fresh innings in Bollywood

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 27, 2009)


• You have got some good reviews for your role in Kurbaan.

Yes. I have not stopped smiling since the film’s release. At one of the trials, Bebo (Kareena Kapoor) and Saif (Ali Khan) did tell me that I was good in the film. Then Karan (Johar) and Rensil (D’Silva)also told me the same thing. I had not seen the film till then as I was shooting in Hyderabad. It was a nice feeling when Karan told me ‘finally you make me proud.’ I saw the film just a day before its release and I had knots in my stomach. I was very nervous but I was with people who have always been kind to me. There were Shah Rukh and Gauri, Imran and his fiancée Avantika, Yash uncle, Davidji (Dhawan). They all hugged me and said I was good.

• Why have you not done a romantic film after Saathiya?

Honestly, I really don’t know. Kurbaan has got a romantic track but Mission Istanbul and Shootout At Lokhandwala had zero romance. I have not done an out-and-out romantic film and I am really looking forward to doing one.

• People are saying that you have changed and that you want to leave the controversies behind and concentrate only on your work.

I wanted this for a really long time. However, after Shootout… things did not fall in place. Almost four years ago, when I did Omkara, I saw Saif getting under the skin of the character Langda Tyagi. I loved the work ethics. That’s when I thought that I should stop doing what I was doing, but I had a backlog to finish. Then my close friend Amit Chandra sat me down and helped me streamline my life so that I could practically achieve what I was trying to. Now, I have learnt not to take anything for granted.

• How did Ramu and you patch up?

I don’t think patch up is the right word as we were never at loggerheads. I will never have the audacity to say anything against Ramu and as an artiste, I will always be indebted to him for giving me Company. But when he called me and told me ‘I will never work with you again’, I was shocked. Now, when he called me and said that he had something for me, I was so happy. When I met him, he said that he could see the same passion in my eyes again and gave me Rakta Charitra. I felt exactly the same on the first day of Rakta Charitra that I felt on the first day on the sets of Company. Ramu made me feel so comfortable.

• You have done some amazing stunts in Prince, something which you are not known for.

Yes. Kookie Gulati is quite a whiz kid. I did so many things that I cannot possibly explain — right from learning how to skateboard, doing parkour, learning cable work, to action training. I had to put so many things into my system that after the training session, things became easier.

• You have said that you are done with apologising to people.

I made a mistake and it is human to make mistakes. Personally, I think it’s humbling and it’s also building character to stand up and say I made a mistake and please forgive me. It is always an ego-based thing to say that why should I apologise. It is a real man who can say ‘I am sorry’ and that too in public. I have said sorry to the assistant director whom I was rude to, I have said sorry to the movie star whom I had a fight with and I even said sorry to the director I snapped at.

Ramu fails to recognise Mahendra Singh Dhoni; mistakes him for a pesky wannabe actor and shoos him away
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 14, 2009)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ego got a jhatka on Wednesday night, when he bumped into Ram Gopal Varma at the airport in Bangalore. He walked up to Ramu in the VIP lounge to greet him and the director mistook him for a pesky wannabe actor. Apparently, he breezily dismissed the captain, saying, “Please take my office number. Drop off your photos there.”

While a poor, bewildered Dhoni is left scratching his head, trying to figure out that googly, Ramu seems to be living in a bubble. Maybe that’s the only way to live with yourself after inflicting a horror like Agyaat on an unsuspecting public. But this bubble therapy sure has become a cause for embarrassment.

Though Ramu denies telling Dhoni to drop off photographs, he agrees that he treated him like any upcoming actor who lurks around, pouncing on any opportunity to attract his attention. He says, “Yes, it’s true. I’m hopelessly ignorant about cricket. Only after he left, the people with me told me that he’s Dhoni. I would like to apologise to him the next time I meet him.”

Ram Gopal Varma

The question of whether actors are still breathlessly waiting to work with Ramu needs to be pondered over carefully. But perhaps Ramu thought that Dhoni was yet another agyaat (unknown) entity?

Onlookers were very disturbed on seeing hoardings of Ramu’s Agyaat, which appeared to have a dead man hanging from them
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 04, 2009)

A dummy at the police station

Publicity ke liye kuch bhi karega seems to be Ram Gopal Varma’s new motto. He pushed the limits by putting up hoardings of Agyaat which appeared to have a dead man hanging from them. Apparently, Priyanka Kothari’s lusty bust thrust in an item number was not enough. On Monday, the city woke to the startling marketing gimmick.

The hoardings had a dummy of a human body with blood oozing out from its mouth hanging with the poster. The dummy looked so real that it fooled people into believing that a man had hung himself.

The hoardings were put up on Sunday night at 12 prominent suburban locations. Those who travelled on Monday morning were horrified and immediately called the police control room. A huge crowd gathered near the hoarding that was put up near the Goregoan flyover. Only when the cops removed the dummy from the hoarding, did people believe that it wasn’t a human body. After this, the police control room continued to get similar calls from the rest of the locations.

Sub Inspector of Amboli Police Station, Ravikant Sawant said, “We got a call in the morning from a passerby who saw the hoarding at Anna Nagar, near Chitrakoot grounds, Andheri. He thought a dead body was hanging on a film poster as there was blood all over him.

Ram Gopal Varma

We sent a police van immediately. Initially, even we thought the same. Only after removing it, did we realise that it was just a dummy. We have removed it and kept it at our police station so that no one has that issue again.”

Chief Creative Officer of UTV Rampage Motion Pictures, Ram Mirchandani said, “We (the producers) thought it’s a good marketing strategy. If anyone has any objections, then we will take it off.”

The police have removed the dummies from all hoardings and kept them in their custody.

By Joginder Tuteja, July 29, 2009 – 14:11 IST

A G Y A A T

Till yesterday evening, the team of Agyaat was worried if Censor board would come down heavily on the film. Other than the fact that the film is an adventure thriller (that’s the way Ramu insists on calling the film rather than slotting it as a ‘supernatural thriller’ or a ‘horror flick’ or a ‘slasher drama’), what further worried Agyaat team was the rundown that it had with the Censor board around the controversial number in Rann.

However, there was nothing untoward that happened once the film was shown to Censors as they happily passed it with just two minor cuts. Not just that, they also granted the film a U/A certificate, something that is a good reason to celebrate. Reason being that Ramu’s earlier horror/thriller films like Raat, Bhoot, Kaun and Phoonk have all been handed over an ‘A’ certificate.

The two cuts which have been made though are from the song ‘Shiv Shambhu‘. Picturised on Priyanka Kothari, the song has a few shots featuring a ‘chillam’ with the leading lady getting into a ‘dum maaro’ act.

Says a source attached to the film, “Censors felt that depicting such shots from the film would go against their anti-smoking stance. As per them, the song would have been better off if these two shots were cut. We also complied and didn’t complain much. Yes, we do feel though that it would have been better had the song remained as it is since it’s a part of a film being shot within a film. But then, it’s ok.”

How about the gore factor? The film belonging to such genre is bound to be embellished with gory elements, isn’t it? So how did Censors agree to that? “First and foremost let this be clarified that the film isn’t gory by any means”, the source adds, “Ramu has his own ways of invoking fear and showing gore belonging to Ramsays brand doesn’t fit in well with his kind of storytelling.”

Ramu has the final word here, “You don’t always require horrible looking/distorted faces to get the message across. Sometimes, the challenge lies in the very fact that you have to scare audiences with just the right sound effects, background and camera effects. This is what you will get to see in Agyaat as well.”

The film releases next Friday i.e. 7th August.

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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, July 27, 2009 – 14:33 IST

A G Y A A T

Trust Ram Gopal Varma to do the unexpected each and every time. His latest thriller Agyaat means unknown and just like the film’s title, even the film’s cast and crew still don’t know what the film’s ending is. The reason behind this is that RGV has gone ahead and shot multiple endings for the film and has not yet revealed to his cast and crew which one he will retain in the final copy.

These days it has become quite common for the suspense of a thriller to leak out even before the film actually releases. Hence, RGV is taking no chances. Out of the eleven characters, six characters (including the lead pair of Priyanka Kothari and Nitin Reddy) have shot separate endings and have no clue what the other person has shot.

Confirming this, Ramu says, “Yes…we have shot different endings for Agyaat because of multiple reasons. It’s a film which is very similar to The Blair Witch Project in spirit. We had opportunity to end it in multiple ways. But one of the major reasons for shooting different ends is that I did not want anyone to know the ending. Actually, apart from me and my editor no one else knows the ending of Agyaat till the actual prints are made. Though I keep getting calls from the actors about it, I choose to keep mum.”

By shooting multiple endings, Ramu surely has aroused tremendous curiosity among one and all to personally watch Agyaat on 7th August and find out what the actual ending is.

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Ram Gopal Varma and Amitabh Bachchan have hissed, and now made up. Big B to play a judge in Ramu’s next, a film on our judicial system
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 26, 2009)

Ram Gopal Varma

Amitabh Bachchan

We all thought Ram Gopal Varma was done with the Bachchan family, on screen. After Sarkar 2, there was a fair amount of tension brewing between the Bachchans and RGV. Now, Ramu says that he is actually done with the Sarkar family, not the Bachchans. That’s why, it seems, Sarkar 3 was shelved. Ah well, all’s well that ends well… It’s evident that if friendships are fickle in Bollywood, so are fall-outs.

To prove that all is now well, Amitabh Bachchan is set to do yet another film with Ramu.

Ramu who is at the moment poised to release his next film another shiver-giver Agyaat and also putting finishing touches to his film on the electronic media Rann, will now do a take on the loopholes in the judicial system, in which Bachchan will play a judge.

Yet untitled, the film is inspired by the rather curious run-ins Ramu has had with the judiciary where he was questioned about his own version of the national anthem in Rann.

Says Ramu, “We’re starting a new film together in January 2010, about the judicial system. Mr Bachchan plays a judge.” It’s a first for the Big B who has played everything from a cop to a mafioso in his career, but never a judge.

First things first, wasn’t there a fall-out between the Bachchans and Ram Gopal Varma and wasn’t he recently quoted as saying that his screen relationship with the Bachchan family is over? Replies Ramu, “I never said that. Whether it’s the Bachchans or Nitin Reddy whom I have brought from Kannada cinema to Hindi films for Agyaat, I’ll always work with actors I think to be suitable for my films. Whether they want to work with me or not, is entirely up to them. I’ve never said my screen relationship with the Bachchans is over.”

So why was Sarkar 3 shelved? “There never was a Sarkar 3! I’m done with the Sarkar family, and that’s what I said,” says Ramu. “I never said I was done with the Bachchan family. I’m doing another film with Mr Bachchan in January not because I want do another film with him, but because he suits the character in my film perfectly. I’ve never worked with stars, only with actors.”

Ramu will himself produce the new film with Amitabh Bachchan.


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