RGV hints at sequel to Kamma Rajyamlo Kadapa Reddlu
The 57-year-old filmmaker is considering Kadapa Rajyaniki Kamma Fans as the title for the second instalment of his upcoming political satire
There seems to be no end to the trail of controversies surrounding Ram Gopal Varma. The filmmaker, who was once reckoned as the pioneer of new-age cinema, has shifted his focus to biopics and political satires. The 57-year-old director's new film, Kamma Rajyamlo Kadapa Reddlu, a satire that revolves around the politics of Andhra Pradesh, has triggered controversy after a section of people raised concerns about the film's title and questioned RGV's motive behind making this movie.
Commenting on the controversy surrounding the film, RGV explains, "As unfailingly as the sun rises in the east, it has become common for my films to be controversy-ridden. Of late, these controversies have become part and parcel of my life. In my film, a father fondly serves pappu (dal) to his son. Why call it a joke? I tried to depict the love a father shows for his son in an honest way and it's the media that is falsely attributing malice to me. I don't see any need to react to such stuff."
Elaborating on Kamma Rajyamlo Kadapa Reddlu's content, he adds, "For the first time, I have made a message-oriented film. The idea for the film germinated after YS Jaganmohan Reddy was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The film is a fictional take on the political incidents between May 2019 and September 2020. In a way, I have shown the past, the present, and the future."
On his feud with KA Paul, the director says, "KA Paul is not an imaginary character, he is a human being, who lives just like us. I know he is sharing some posts about me on social media. I have stopped taking him seriously. I think he is busy working to attain global peace. The film showcases the funny, serious, and satirical facets of certain people. We have chosen a political tone and the narration is completely filled with humour."
Ask him if he's concerned about the release of the film, and he replies, "I am sure the film will be released on November 29 without any roadblocks. I don't think CBFC will have any objection over my film's title as I haven't taken any one side and have struck a balance in narrating the story about two communities."
When quizzed about the characters resembling real-life personalities like Telugu Desam Party chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Lokesh, and Janasena Party president Pawan Kalyan, the director comes up with a disclaimer. "The content in my film doesn't hold any similarity to real politicians, living or dead. It's purely coincidental. If you think I'm lying, let God punish me!"
Refuting allegations of him joining hands with YS Jagan and favouring YSR Congress Party, RGV explains, "I have imagined a future this way and if it stemmed from my thoughts, I don't understand how it favours an individual."
Hinting at a sequel to Kamma Rajyamlo Kadapa Reddlu, RGV says, "I am toying with the idea of making a sequel to this film and planning to call it Kadapa Rajyaniki Kamma Fans."