As someone who has known Ram Gopal Varma, aka Ramu, for more than two decades, it really saddens me to see him reduced to the role of fellow-filmmaker Puri Jagganadh’s unpaid (?) publicist. It is fine for friends to stand by fellow-filmmakers. But Ramu’s antics since the release of his dear friend’s crass misogynist film Ismart Shankar go beyond friendly support. His aggressive loud PR for this aggressive and loud film, which includes video-filmed incidents of street rowdyism and wild partying, seems motivated by an urge to get even with all those big names from the Telugu film industry who have offended Ramu simply by being successful: a condition that Ramu has not experienced for the last 20 years.
Hence a recent tweet which clearly takes a swipe at Vijay Deverekonda’s new film Dear Comrade has many in the Telugu film industry wondering if the Satya /Company filmmaker has finally decided to quit Telugu cinema as well. “Why else would he antagonize everyone who matters in the Telugu film industry? In recent times Ramu has mocked many big names from the Telugu industry. No one wants to work with him anyway. So he feels he might as well be obnoxious about those who make a difference.”
Ramu’s tweet clearly targeted at Vijay Deverakonda reads, “Is issmart shankar more Issmart than nonissmart comrade or is nonissmart comrade not more issmart than Shankar? Truth only RAM’s VIJAYam knows.”
is issmart shankar more Issmart than nonissmart comrade or is nonissmart comrade not more issmart than Shankar? Truth only RAM’s VIJAYam knows pic.twitter.com/vVkxIg4kO0— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 28, 2019
While Vijay Deverakonda refrained from comment a source close to the star commented, “This is the malaise that has gripped the Telugu film industry. Factionalism and groupism are destroying the very foundation of the film industry.We all should be happy if a film does well. But why target and mock other films while trying to celebrate your own film?”
A source very close to a major Telugu superstar wonders what the friendship between Puri and Varma is all about. “Their Jai-Veeru act (the friends from Sholay) must have an ulterior motive.No one in this industry wastes time celebrating someone else’s success unless he has something big to gain from it.”