Ram Gopal Varma’s biography, Guns And Thighs, has been making headlines for the past few days, for all the wrong reasons. In his book, RGV admits that casting Amitabh Bachchan in films like Nishabd and Aag was a mistake.
He writes, “If somebody argues that Amitji had no business doing those films without knowing what he was getting into, yes, he was guilty of misplacing his trust in me, but he was not guilty of not doing his best.” RGV said that Big B completely succumbs to a director’s vision or lack of it once he commits for a film.
About Jiah Khan, who was the leading lady in Nishabd, the director says that she was the “most innocently sexy girl” he had ever seen. About Jiah’s suicide, RGV writes, “When I heard of her suicide, I cried uncontrollably though I was never really close to her. She was one of the few people who couldn’t cope with the disappointments and frustrations the film industry is replete with.”
The filmmaker is often criticized for making films in a hurry and thus, compromising with their quality. RGV gives a clear answer in his book as to why he does that. He writes, “All my successes were by default and all my failure were by intent. To those critics, who complain that I make films in a hurry, my answer is that I would rather live in the moment and make my film right now, than endlessly plan in the hope of it becoming a masterpiece.”