Won’t remake ‘Rangeela’, it was close to excellent, says director Ram Gopal Varma as movie turns 25

Mumbai, September 8

Director Ram Gopal Varma has loads of the great, the dangerous and the ugly in his filmography however ‘Rangeela’ and ‘Satya’ are his solely movies that the filmmaker believes are “near perfect” and don’t require a remake.

Varma, additionally identified by his initials RGV, has fond reminiscences of capturing the 1995 romantic drama, starring Urmila Matondkar as Mili, a backup dancer aspiring to turn into an actor, Aamir Khan as her ‘tapori’ good friend Munna and Jackie Shroff as Bollywood star Raj Kamal who takes a shine to her.

The director stated aside from altering some photographic elements and edit factors, he wouldn’t retouch ‘Satya’ (1998) and ‘Rangeela’, which additionally occur to be probably the most celebrated ones in his profession.

“Honestly speaking, in all the films that I made in my career and there are plenty of them, I feel I could not have made only ‘Rangeela’ and ‘Satya’ better than what they are. ‘Rangeela’ and ‘Satya’ were near perfect, so I don’t think I would make them again,” Varma advised PTI in an interview.

The movie, he stated, was an ode to Matondkar’s magnificence.

“She worked in my Telugu film ‘Gaayam’ and when I saw her dancing, I felt mesmerised. In fact, she is the main reason why I was inspired to make the film, it was to capture her beauty,” he stated of the actor who additionally labored with the director in ‘Daud’, ‘Satya’, ‘Mast’, ‘Jungle’, and ‘Bhoot’.

Varma stated even at this time when he meets girls who had been born after the movie launched, they admire the movie for the way wherein it showcases a lady’s magnificence and that’s the perfect praise for him.

From story, performing, costumes to music, the movie is a type of uncommon ‘90s gem that has remained contemporary within the reminiscence of the viewers. It was fairly a sensation upon its launch and marked the Hindi film debut of Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman.

Narrating a shaggy dog story concerning the one of many hit songs ‘Tanha Tanha’ from the movie, Varma recalled how Rahman and veteran singer Asha Bhosle had been caught in a case of ‘Pehle aap’ (you first).

“Ashaji sang ‘Tanha Tanha’ and once the track was finished, Rahman played the whole song and asked Ashaji, ‘What do you think?’ Ashaji said, ‘I think it’s ok. What do you think?’ and Rahman said, ‘I think it’s ok’. These guys kept going on like this. I realised both Rahman and Ashaji were waiting for the other person to praise the song.”

“I could not control my laughter and told Rahman, ‘She is waiting for you to compliment her’ and to Ashaji, ‘He is waiting for you to praise the song’,” the director recalled.

Varma, 58, stated Khan’s character was primarily based on an actual individual and the actor labored actually laborious to convey the position to life.

“Aamir’s character was based on a guy I knew in college. It’s exactly his story, the way the film turned out to be. Aamir is a meticulous, methodical actor and he takes his characters seriously, like what kind of clothes they should wear and what would be the accent. He worked with (actor-writer) Neeraj Vohra to work on the lines. Full credit to him for that,” he added.

On the opposite hand, Shroff goes by his instincts, the director shared.

“I don’t think he even listens to the story. He just goes by some gut instinct. I used to think that he does not listen and when I was telling him the climax of the film, he was driving. He suddenly stopped the car and hugged me. It was his way of saying that he loved the ending.”

Talking about how the movie’s title got here to be, Varma stated they didn’t even have the rights once they determined to call the film ‘Rangeela’.

“Aamir and I used to discuss the title a lot. I remember we were walking down the lobby of a hotel after the shoot and out of the blue I said ‘Rangeela’. I felt Aamir did not react so I turned and saw that he had stopped and was looking at me.”

“He said, ‘What did you say?’. I repeated the title. Aamir said, ‘That’s it, that’s the title of the movie. Interestingly, the title was not available. It was booked for a Mithun Chakraborty film. I got in touch with the producer and he was kind enough to give it to me,” he added. PTI


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