Ram Gopal Varma

Ram Gopal Varma also known as RGV is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. Varma has directed, written and produced films across multiple genres — psychological thrillers, underworld gang warfare, road movies, horrors, fictional films, politician-criminal nexus, experimental films and musicals in multiple languages.

He has won the National Film Award, in 1999 for producing Shool, for which he was also the screenwriter. He garnered four State Nandi Awards, three Filmfare Awards and five Bollywood Movie Awards. In 2010, He received critical acclaim at the International film festival of Fribourg, Switzerland, where in, a retrospective of Mumbai noir, was staged by film critic, Edward Waintrop.

He gained recognition in Bollywood with the Hindi film, Shiva premiered at International Film Festival of India. In 1995 he directed another blockbuster Rangeela. He then directed Satya (1998), which won six Filmfare Awards, including the Critics Award for Best Film, and was show cased among the Indian panorama section, at the 1998 International Film Festival of India. Varma received the Bimal Roy memorial award for best direction for this film. In 2005, Indiatimes Movies included Satya in its list of 25 Must See Bollywood Movies.

Satya, together with his 2002 film Company (which he directed, which won seven Filmfare Awards, which was premiered at the 2004 Austin Film Festival) and the 2005 film D (which he produced), form an "Indian gangster trilogy". In 2006, he re-made a new version of Shiva, which was screened at the New York Asian Film Festival, where a retrospective featuring several of his previous movies was staged. Alongside Shiva, the festival screened his earlier successful films Company, Ek Hasina Thi and Ab Tak Chhappan. In 2008, he directed another blockbuster, Sarkar Raj, which was archived at the Academy of Motion Pictures library.

Other acclaimed films at the box office, that Varma directed include Kshana Kshanam (1991), Gaayam (1993), Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997), Prema Katha (1999), Kaun (1999), Jungle (2000), Bhoot (2003), Sarkar (2005), Phoonk (2008), Rakta Charitra (2010), and Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju (2011).

Read more about Ram Gopal Varma:  Early Years, Career in Telugu Cinema, Career in Hindi Cinema, Indian Gangster Trilogy, Experimental Films, Later Films, Influences, Autobiography, Awards

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