Ram Gopal Varma gave Anurag Kashyap his first big break in Hindi cinema. They worked together as director-writer on several projects before finally falling apart. Kashyap spoke up freely and repeatedly about the creative corruption of RGV. Tables were turned last year when Ramu got a chance to make a barrage of sarcastic digs at Kashyap for Bombay Velvet.
With no love lost between Ramu and his former protegee, it would seem as though the best policy for them would be stay as far apart as possible.
Fate, alas, willed otherwise. On May 27 Ram Gopal Varma’s comeback to Hindi cinema Veerappan will clash at the box office with Anurag Kashyap’s Raghav Raman 2.0.
Interestingly, both are bio-pics of dreaded outlaws and cold blooded killers. While Ramu tells the story of the ‘Sandalwood Smuggler’ Veerappan, Kashyap’s is the tale of the serial killer Raman Raghav (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who terrorized Mumbai in the 1960s.
Both the directors are making a comeback of sorts. Ramu’s last Hindi release Satya 2 in 2013 was a flop. As for Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet in 2014 it is regarded as the mother of all box office disasters.
Evidently the two similar-mood films will eat into each other’s business. But from what I hear neither Ramu nor Kashyap is willing to budge.