We recently visited the fascinating sensuous and jungle-themed office of Ram Gopal Varma in Hyderabad. The office was unlike anything we had ever seen before, and it was clear that Varma had put a lot of thought into its design. The walls were covered in paintings of jungle animals, and the furniture was made from natural materials. There was even a small waterfall in the corner of the office.
After giving us a detailed tour, Varma sat down for an exclusive interview. We talked about a variety of topics, including the gloomy box office scenario of last year. This was a time when big-budget films like Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha and Akshay Kumar’s Raksha Bandhan flopped, while South Indian films like RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 were huge successes.
Varma was critical of the way the Hindi film industry was operating at the time. He felt that the industry was too focused on making safe, formulaic films, and that this was leading to a decline in the quality of Hindi cinema. He also felt that the industry was not doing enough to promote new talent.
The box office scenario has improved somewhat this year, especially after the success of Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan. However, Varma believes that the Hindi film industry still has a long way to go before it can regain its former glory. He is confident that the industry will eventually recover, but he believes that it will take some time.
Ram Gopal Varma believes that the success of Pathaan has put a brake on the “South wave” at the box office. He argues that there was a perception that South Indian films were more popular than Hindi films, but Pathaan’s success has shown that this is not the case. He also points out that no South Indian dubbed film has been a success in Hindi this year, which further supports his argument.