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Ram Gopal Varma talks about Jiah and 'Psycho'

DC | Sandeep Atreysa |
A still from Ram Gopal Varma's thriller, 'Psycho'
A still from Ram Gopal Varma's thriller, 'Psycho'

In Hyderabad recently to promote the film 'Psycho' that features his story and screenplay, director Ram Gopal Varma speaks to us about Jiah Khan's suicide, his upcoming films and his leading ladies.

'Psycho' revolves around a girl and her stalker and we wonder if it could face any comparison with the unfortunate Jiah Khan suicide.

RGV, who gave Jiah her first break in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Nishabd', says, "No, it won't. It has absolutely nothing in common. I had written the story long back; the film is about a psycho," clarifies the director.

About Jiah's suicide, RGV says, "I'm not a cop to find out whose fault it was. Investigation is going on. I'm following it through the media. They say that the cause for Jiah's death is her relation. Since I don't know the facts about the case, I can't talk about it."

Asked whether he has any plans of signing Sooraj in the future, RGV bluntly says, "I don't have any plans to direct Sooraj."

Except Urmila Matondkar, the actresses launched by RGV, like Nisha Kothari and Antara Mali, have not made it into the big league. The director, however, differs. "I object to the notion that I launched the actresses. I don't make a film to launch an actor or actress. I will cast an actor/actress if I believe they're apt for the roles in my films."

After the hit Attacks of 26/11, Ram Gopal Varma is set to make a film on martial arts. "It has been my dream to make a film on martial arts. I'm going to rope in martial art experts to act in this film. I'm a great admirer of Bruce Lee. Meanwhile, my next big film is 'Sarkar 3' with Amitabh and Abhishek. Unlike 'Sarkar Raj', Aishwarya won't feature in this film. It will go on the floors by the end of this year."

Reacting to speculations that Nagarjuna was miffed with RGV's previous film 'Bejawada' starring Naga Chaitanya, which tanked, he says, "I don't want to comment on speculations."

"I will direct films as long as I can. I don't set any time frame as I don't plan things," adds the director.

After singing in a film, is he going to act anytime soon? "No. I'm not even sure of posing for a still camera. Then how could I think of acting facing a movie camera?"


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