Maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma's next gangster movie, D Company, is about to release soon. It's RGV's forte and whenever he comes with a crime film, it's always exciting, given what he has already in the genre with films like Satya, Company and Sarkar. Now while two of those movies had starred big names like Ajay Devgn and Amitabh Bachchan, D Company features a cast of relatively unknowns much like how Satya had back in 1998, way before Manoj Bajpayee turned into the A-lister that he's today. So, BollywoodLife decided to quiz Ram Gopal Varma about this in an exclusive interview, and to our pleasant surprise, not only did he he reveal his reasoning behind his casting choices, but also ended up divulging how he would wait in queues for hours on end prior to turning into a popular filmmakers, just to catch a glimpse of his two favourite stars of all time, Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi.
Reasoning why he doesn't always cast stars in his movies, Ram Gopal Varma said, “When casting, the most important thing one needs to keep in mind is the believability of the character. Dawood Ibrahim was a man who at the age of 25 was almost like behind his brother, he never, upfront, pushed himself. Slowly, over the course of time, he developed that (taking centerstage and making his own decision). So, I have to keep that emotion in mind while looking at these factors during the casting process. Now, though he's not 25, Ajay Devgn for me as an actor may be so powerful that to underplay this character would look very stupid in the film because the audience would want to see his very first shot with excitement — that's the image he's developed over the years, that's what is called a star.”
Continuing in how he tries to stay away from the star system as much as possible and disclosing how Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi were the only two stars (superstars, to be honest) he's always been enamoured with, Ramu added, “When I had made Company, Ajay Devgn was not a big star so it worked, but after Singham and all those films, if you put Ajay Devgn into such a subdued role like Company, I don't think it'd ever work. So, I take that into consideration, especially for genre films. Of course, you might get a bigger audience with stars, but that'd be at the expense of not being honest to the film. The point is, I was never attracted to the star system becasue of the kind of cinema I've made be it Shiva or Raat, (from the beginning) I've always wanted to see characters in films rather than known faces. Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi are the only two people I've had a fascination for as stars and the reason for that is I saw them when I was a nobody, I would stand in lines (for hours) to buy tickets and would see them.”
Well, Ram Gopal Varma saying it like he feels as always.
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