Bollywood’s producer-director Ram Gopal Verma has turned a year older today. Fondly known as RGV, he is known for gritty and engaging films like Rakta Charitra, Satya, Sarkaar and more, on the other, he is constantly stirring the pot with his controversial statements.
RGV’s work has been given the title of the “most influential movies of Hindi cinema” by the film critic Rajeev Masand. For his 1999 political crime drama, Shool, he has also received the National Film Award for scripting.
While Ram Gopal Varma is often criticised for making movies like Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag, Rann, Phoonk, or Bhoot Returns let’s not forget that the man has also given us some of the finest and absolutely mind-blowing movies of all time.
On the occasion of his birthday, here are best movies by the filmmaker you must not miss:
This 1995 film featuring Urmila Matondkar, Aamir Khan and Jackie Shroff is till date considered as one of the best romantic comedy movies ever made in Bollywood. The story revolves around Mili an ambitious girl who wants to make it big in the Mumbai film industry. Mili’s best friend Munna and a famous actor Raj help her achieve her dreams. Problems arise when both Munna and Raj fall in love with her and none of them are willing to let her go.
Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Katrina Kaif, Anupam Kher, and Surpriya Pathak among others, this political crime thriller is loosely based on Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather.
Starring Vivek Oberoi, Sudeep, Shatrughan Sinha, Radhika Apte, Sushant Singh and Abhimanyu Singh among others, the film is said to be based on the life Paritala Ravindra.
The Attacks of 26/11:
The film is based on 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The film shows how the terrorists travelled to India, launched their attack and what happened when the Mumbai Police arrested Ajmal Kasab, the main terrorist who was responsible for killing 72 people along with other militants.
Shiva is the remake of Varma’s debut Telugu film Siva. The film was inspired by real-life and is based on how goons work with politicians to create a mess in colleges. Both the Hindi and the Telugu version featured Nagarjuna in the lead and was a roaring hit at the box office. The music of the film was another reason for it to become a fabulous hit at the box office. The film was included in CNN-IBN’s list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.