Ram Gopal Varma is a famed Indian film director and writer, critically acclaimed for his work in the Telugu cinema and Bollywood industry. He speaks a million messages through his films and has been widely appreciated for his realistic portrayal of characters that act as a mirror image of the Indian society.

He won the National Award in 1999 for his socio-political drama, ‘Shool’. After starting his career as a qualified Civil Engineer, Ram Gopal Varma, popularly known as RGV, went on to become a filmmaker. His foray into the film industry has been propelled by the video rental library he set up in Ameerpet, which was inspired from his brief stint in Nigeria.

Like many filmmakers, his film career too started as an assistant director to B. Gopal. After failing as an assistant filmmaker, Ram Gopal Varma decided to direct his own film and make his mark in the film industry. ‘ Siva Siva is the dubbed version of the popular Hindi my >> Read More... ’, the 1989 Telugu political action thriller, marked RGV’s official entry into the film industry as a director. In his interview to the Tehelka, RGV said that his obsession towards studying himself and people was what fascinated him to become a filmmaker.

A clear reflection of this is seen in the huge importance he gives to the portrayal of his characters in his film career, spanning over 40 films as a director. RGV’s career has its fair share of ups and downs, ranging from a national award for his political drama, ‘Shool’, to being accused of patent infringement with the film, ‘Aag’. He is also well known for his open commentary about people and events that sometimes even land him in trouble.

Apart from the National Award, RGV has also been awarded Filmfare awards, IIFA awards, and Nandi awards for quite a few films. Some of his very famous films include ‘Shool’, ‘Money’, ‘ Gulabi Click to look into! >> Read More... ’, ‘Icecream’, ‘Bhoot’, ‘ Sarkar Click to look into! >> Read More... ’, ‘ Darling Click to look into! >> Read More... ’, ‘ Satya Click to look into! >> Read More... ’, ‘ Rangeela Click to look into! >> Read More... ’, and ‘Jungle’. Apart from films, RGV is also a part of the television industry through his talk show titled, ‘Ramuism’, and has also written quite a few books. He resides in Mumbai with his wife, Ratna Varma and child, Revathi Varma.

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Ram Gopal Varma is an Indian filmmaker, primarily known for his gritty, realistic films.

He was born on 7 April, 1962, in Hyderabad. He was a movie buff in his youth and grew up watching many Indian and American movies. He was a video store owner for some time and then shifted into filmmaking.

He made his directorial debut with Shiva (1989), and followed it with films like Kshana Kshanam Click to look into! >> Read More... (1991), Raat (1992), and Gaayam (1993). He entered the Hindi film industry with the blockbuster, Rangeela (1995), which starred Aamir Khan Aamir Khan or Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan is Bolly >> Read More... , Jackie Shroff Intro: Jackie Shroff is a well known Bollywood act >> Read More... and Urmila Matondkar Urmila Matondkar is an Indian actress born on 4th >> Read More... . The film was a big success commercially and bagged seven Filmfare Awards.

In 1998, he made ‘Satya’, which is considered one of the best gangster flicks made in Indian cinema. Critics lauded it for its raw portrayal of the underworld. The movie had a successful run at the box office and won six Filmfare Awards.

In 1999, he made the suspense thriller, ‘Kaun’, starring only three actors. He returned to organized-crime-genre films with ‘ Company Click to look into! >> Read More... ’ (2002), which was appreciated by critics and audiences alike. This movie is considered another masterpiece, at par with Satya.

He directed the political crime film, ‘Sarkar’ (2005), which was inspired from the Godfather, and starred Amitabh Bachchan Amitabh Bachchan was conceived on October 11, 1942 >> Read More... , Abhishek Bachchan Abhishek Bachchan, or Abhishek Srivastava, is a ve >> Read More... , Kay Kay Menon Kay Kay Menon or K.K. Menon or Krishan Kumar Menon >> Read More... , Supriya Pathak Supriya Pathak is an Indian actress who has been r >> Read More... , and Anupam Kher Anupam Kher is a very popular actor, director, and >> Read More... . It received positive reviews, and the film was a big hit. The sequel, Sarkar Raj, was released in 2008. It also starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a popular Indian actress >> Read More... , Govind Namdeo and Dilip Prabhavalkar Well known Marathi theater actor Dilip Prabhawalka >> Read More... . This too was a critical and commercial success.

He directed ‘Rann’ (2010), a political thriller revolving around the Indian media. It starred actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal The Padma Shri award winner who shot to fame with >> Read More... , Riteish Deshmukh Riteish Deshmukh is the son of a politician, late >> Read More... , and Mohnish Behl. He made the two-part crime movie, Rakhta Charitra (2010).

Ram Gopal Varma’s work has created a new kind of cinema: Mumbai noir.