Known for their gritty realism, suspense and craft, Ram Gopal Varma’s (RGV) films enjoy a special place among movie-buffs. On the occasion of RGV’s 58th birthday, FanKick presents his five most popular movies.
1. Rangeela (1995)
Credit goes to RGV for choosing Urmila Matondkar to play the heroine in this coming-of-age bold film. She played an upcoming actress chasing her dreams in Bollywood in this romance featuring Aamir Khan and Jacky Shroff. Rangeela made Urmila the most popular sex symbol of 90s. RGV is rumoured to have a romantic relationship with her, whom he described her as his ‘muse.’
2. Company (2002)
An ensemble cast of talented actors- Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal, Vivek Oberoi, Manisha Koirala, etc ensured that this crime drama was received well at the screens. Based loosely on don Dawood Ibrahim’s ‘D’ Company, it was a grim account of Mumbai underworld. It was a sequel to RGV’s equally outstanding gangster drama, Satya.
3. Sarkar (2005)
Inspired by Godfather, this political thriller narrates the life of Mumbai’s don, Subhash Nagre (Amitabh Bachchan) and the rift that happens between his sons (Abhishek &Kay Kay Menon). Sarkar was in the limelight for Amitabh’s character’s close similarities with politician Bal Thackeray.
Considered as one of the best films of RGV, this Mumbai underworld drama was ahead of its time. It was a realistic take on the dons, cops and their henchmen who live and die silently on the inhuman streets of Mumbai. It narrates how a youth Satya (Chakravarthy) is drawn to crime after meeting Bhiku Mhatre (Bajpayee) and his love for a girl he befriends. Satya opened the dark underbelly of Mumbai’s streets and the wide-spread corruption and lawlessness of the system.
5. Siva (Telugu) – 1989.
This Akkineni Nagarjuna, Amala movie also marked RGV’s Telugu debut. A tragic take on an idealist youth, Siva who ends up as a gangster, this critical movie was an eye-opener on the student politics and criminalization of society. Siva enjoys the status of a cult film in Tollywood now. It also helped to elevate the career of Nagarjuna into a Superstar.