Director / Producer / Story Writer Hindi
Ram Gopal Varma Biography
Born : 07 April 1962, in Hyderabad, India
Varma’s next film that garnered acclaim was the hard-hitting underworld caper Satya (1998) co-written by Anurag Kashyap and Saurabh Shukla and featuring a cast of largely unknown actors, including Manoj Bajpai who made a big impression as Bhikhu Mhatre. It opened to fantastic reviews and comparisons with the maverick Quentin Tarantino (who also ran a video library at one point) and his penchant for choreographing casual violence with stylistic flourish. After that, Shool (1999) was his next big hit that won him the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film.
Equally accomplished was the film Company (2002), focussing on the machinations of a crime syndicate, allegedly inspired by the real-life split between Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan, with stirring performances from Ajay Devgan, Manisha Koirala and newcomer Vivek Oberoi.
Sarkar (2005), a Godfather-type family saga explored the nexus between politics and crime with Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan playing father and son.
Apart from underworld thrillers, Varma has also dabbled in the horror genre, notably Raat (1992), Kaun (1999) and Bhoot (2003). His films ushered in a new aesthetic, which along with the gritty performances of the actors, defined the thrillers of the era. However, the prolific filmmaker has delivered many flops alongside these spectacular hits including Mr Ya Miss (2005) and Aag (2007).
Varma has also mentored several talented writers and directors, from Kashyap and Shukla to Jaideep Sahni who wrote Jungle (2000) and Company (2002); Madhur Bhandarkar, his associate director on Rangeela (1995); Shriram Raghavan for Ek Hasina Thi (2003) and Shimit Amin for Ab Tak Chhappan (2004).
His most recent venture, Ab Tak Chhappan 2 (2015) is a sequel to his super-hit film of the past.