By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Oct 18 : After posting a nasty comment on Twitter on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Guzaarish”, Ram Gopal Varma has apologized to his fellow filmmaker and, as a “peace offering”, decided to release his “Rakta Charitra II” on the same day, Nov 19.
“If anything so enamoured of hatred can be called a peace offering, then yes I’m releasing ‘Rakta Charitra II’ on the same day (Nov 19) as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Guzaarish’,” chuckles Ramu.
For the first time in his entire career as an outspoken critique of the Bollywood denizens, Ram Gopal Varma has apologized to a filmmaker for offending him.
Ramu realised he had gone too far with his Twitter comment and profusely apologised to Bhansali.
Ramu’s SMS to Bhansali reads: “I’m sorry if I offended you. I just have this habit of constantly saying something funny on Twitter about every happening out there. Most of the comments are on me. I make more comments on my own films than anybody else’s. I’ll take back my remark publicly asap. Sorry again.”
Bhansali immediately chose to forgive and forget and move on.
One wonders what brought this generous spirit out of Ramu!
Says the director: “I guess it’s the nervousness of my own release. I’ve never been more anxious about any of my films than ‘Rakta Charitra’.”
Ramu admits it is a violent film. “It does to the action genre what K3G (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham) did to the family film. But the violence is dictated by the theme. You can’t say it is excessively violent. The Telugu version was censored this week with just two minor cuts for Adults Only.”
Declares Ramu: “I’m hoping that Sanjay Bhansali, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya won’t kickbrush my film’s teeth. On a more serious note, they’re two completely different genres. ‘Guzaarish’ is about love. ‘Rakta Charitra’ is about hate.”
That one stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the other Vivek Oberoi is purely coincidental.
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