Ram Gopal Varma finds inspiration in swami’s sexcapades
For Ram Gopal Varma, only real life inspires reel life. So after he calls packup for the last time on Rakta Charitra, his bio-pic on the life of outlaw-politician Paritala Ravi, the director plans to work on a film based on the Swami Nithyananda sex scandal.
RGV is currently working on the script of God and Sex, and has said that the film would explore “all that goes on” inside ashrams. He is yet to make any decisions on the cast of the movie.
Swami Nithyananda shot into the limelight last month after an alleged romp in the bed with South Indian actresses Ranjitha and Yuvarani (according to some reports), and has since resigned from his post as head of Dhyanapeetam Ashram.
Ram Gopal Varma has not had a great run in Bollywood in the last few years, with some disastrous failures such as Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag (2007) and several horror flicks. His latest movie Rann, cast superstar Amitabh Bachchan in the leading role, but did not do well at the box office either. The director’s fascination with horror flicks has not ended despite few successes, and 2010 will see a 3D horror film from Varma titled ‘Warning.’
Ram Gopal Varma clarified that his upcoming film, God and Sex, won’t be only about godmen and sex.
“My whole idea is to take a hard look at what happens behind the close doors of an ashram. That doesn’t necessarily mean sexual activities. It’s about power politics; it’s about [an] industry running behind [it],” Varma told IANS in an interview.
From the Nithyananda scandal, the director has drawn the conclusion that one can win over God but not over sex.
Ram Gopal Varma is juxtaposing God and sex in his new movie. “I thought about the interesting contrast between God and sex. You take all the bigwigs like N.D. Tiwari, a big politician, to Swami Nithyananda to S.P.S. Rathore – they fell prey to sex, interestingly. So no matter, even if you win over God, you can’t win over sex,” he said.
What really inspired him about the Swami Nithyananda story? Not the sex, he says. It was the fact that the self-proclaimed godman was watching Kannada film songs. That, he says, revealed how “normal” a man he is. “In his private life, beyond closed doors, he is a normal man,” Ram Gopal Varma Varma said.
“They earn in millions. No one is bothered where this money comes from. All are bothered that he had sex,” he added.
Vivek Oberoi, a follower of Swami Nithyananda and part of the Rakta Charitra cast, does not have a hand in Varma’s decision. Elaborating on the film, Varma said that he was intrigued by the number of scandals that godmen get involved in.
The director isn’t worried about rubbing followers and devotees the wrong way. He said his film would get more publicity. That just might work in its favour!
We will be keeping an eye on the movie, and when shooting begins, hope to bring you a few photos from the sets of God and Sex.