Ram Gopal Varma is one of the most charismatic modern filmmakers of India. With a career that has spanned more than twenty-five years, Varma has won innumerable awards including a National Film award and two Filmfare Awards. His pioneering work in diverse genres has resulted in him being called the intellectual fountain head of new age cinema. His Indian Gangster Trilogy has made him one of the greatest directors of Bollywood, and is credited for introducing film noir (aka Mumbai noir) into Indian cinema. Varma’s films have enjoyed commercial and critical success and are often listed in the lists of greatest Indian films ever made.
Ram Gopal Verma started his film direction career through Telugu films. His debut, Siva (1989) is considered a path-breaking film in Telugu cinema. He made his Bollywood debut feature, a remake of his 1989 hit film, titled Shiva (1991). In 1995 came Rangeela, a smashing romance starring Aamir Khan and Urmila Matondkar, which displayed Varma’s filmmaking skills in the international cinema scene. He made the Indian Gangster trilogy, starting with Satya (1998) which is considered India’s greatest gangster film. Two sequels followed, titled Company (2002) and D (2005) both of which further strengthened Varma’s stand in Bollywood. He is known to sample realism in his films, which has forever impressed his critics who otherwise criticize his shady stories.
In the following years, Varma experimented with path-defining films such as Jungle (2000), Bhoot (2003), Sarkar (2005), Sarkar Raj (2008), and Rakta Charitra (2010).
Varma experienced a slump after the release of his ambitious Sholay (1975) remake titled Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007). The film was heavily panned by critics and audience citing sabotage of the legacy of arguably the greatest Hindi film ever made, and marked a decline in his career, which would later be partially resurrected in 2013 with the release of The Attacks of 26/11. Even though the film was a critical success, Varma has not had a Bollywood blockbuster since 2005.
Varma has also produced and written various hit Hindi films such as Shool (1999), Darna Mana Hai (2003), and Ab Tak Chhappan (2004). Currently, he has several Hindi and Telugu films under production.
Outside filmmaking, Varma has also worked in television, and has written an autobiography.
Personal Life -
Ram Gopal Varma was born in Hyderabad, India. He is a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. He is married to Ratna and has a daughter Revathi.