As the veteran filmmaker turns a year older, we look back at some of his masterpieces which made him a name to reckon with in Bollywood
Ram Gopal Varma has clearly lost his midas touch, with all his recent films bombing at the box office. The filmmaker popular called as RGV, nowadays, makes more news for his tweets than his films. But long before he turned out to be a tormentor on Twitter, Ramu was a renowned filmmaker famous for introducing gangster films, psycho thrillers and horror films to mainstream Bollywood.
Today as RGV marks his 53rd birthday, we take you down the memory lane to take a look at his best works from two and a half decade long career:
No one I repeat no one explored the dark world of underworld like Ramu did with his films. In 1998, RGV came up with an hard hitting gangster flick, which made Manoj Bajpai's Bhiku Mhathare an overnight sensation. Satya achieved cult status and was considered as the bench mark for gangster films in the future. After Satya's success, Ramu was noted as a serious talent in Indian cinema.
In 1990, one film old Ram Gopal Varma made his entry into Bollywood with the remake of his 1989 Telugu film Siva. The film gave wide recognition to Nagarjuna who starred as the lead on the film based on student politics. Shiva was the first step of Ram Gopal Varma in the Hindi film industry and he gave enough proof that he can tell an engaging story in his own unique style.
Back in 90's it was a psycho thrillers in Indian cinema was a rarity. But Ramu bravely ventured into making a spine chilling, edge of the seat thriller called Kaun, which was one of the first and probably best attempts at making a psycho thriller. Kaun is my personal favourite as it managed to blow me over with intriguing story telling and nail biting climax.
Company directed by Ramu, is well known for Vivek Oberoi's earnest performance as a henchman as Ajay Devgn played the dreaded gangster. Again, Company shows Ramu's love for gangster flicks, with his signature style written all over it. Ramu was brave enough to make a film loosely based on Dawood Ibrahim's gang.
Ramu's association with Amitabh Bachchan started in 2005 with Sarkar, which was one of the best films of Ramu-Big B collaboration. The film loosely based on Bala Saheb Thakeray was an engaging political drama, which left a huge impact on its audience.
We wish RGV a very happy birthday and hope that he manages to find his form back in films.
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