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’, 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’, ‘Icecream’, ‘Bhoot’, ‘ Sarkar’, ‘ Darling’, ‘ Satya’, ‘ Rangeela’, 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 (1991), Raat (1992), and Gaayam (1993). He entered the Hindi film industry with the blockbuster, Rangeela (1995), which starred Aamir Khan, Jackie Shroff and Urmila Matondkar. 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’ (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, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Supriya Pathak, and Anupam Kher. 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, Govind Namdeo and Dilip Prabhavalkar. 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, Riteish Deshmukh, Rajat Kapoor 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.