Ram Gopal Varma Makes ‘World’s First Film on Deadly ‘Coro­n­avirus’

Di­rec­tor re­leases four­minute trailer which has al­ready hit 5.1m views

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You may like him or loathe him, but you can’t ig­nore him. And film­maker Ram Gopal Varma makes ev­ery ef­fort to make sure peo­ple don’t ig­nore him.

When COVID-19 made its ugly foray into India, he was one of the first few to write a song about the deadly virus and sing it in his inim­itable style.

And now he has made a film ‘Coro­n­avirus’ and re­leased an of­fi­cial trailer on so­cial me­dia. Ev­ery­thing that Varma does be­comes an in­stant sen­sa­tion. We saw that when he made ‘GST’, an adult film star­ring Mia Malkova in 2018, which he said was a trib­ute to fe­male nu­dity.

He was re­viled for pan­der­ing to the base. But the ir­re­press­ible Varma jus­ti­fied his film notwith­stand­ing the me­dia on­slaught.

Film is shot en­tirely dur­ing the lock­down

While most other actors, celebri­ties and film­mak­ers ei­ther came out with shorts urg­ing peo­ple to stay home, wash their hands, wear masks and main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing or were post­ing videos of their chores un­der the coro­n­avirus-in­duced lock­down, the civil engi­neer-turned-film­maker con­ceived a story on the pan­demic that has shaken the whole world. Di­rected by Agasthya Manju and pro­duced un­der Varma’s ban­ner, it is claimed as the ‘world’s first film on coro­n­avirus’ while strictly fol­low­ing lock­down norms.

The trailer, re­leased six days ago, has al­ready gar­nered more than 5 mil­lion views. The thriller is made in Tel­ugu with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. Srikanth Iyen­gar plays the lead role.

The four-minute trailer shows a fam­ily of six and their strug­gle when they find out one of the women is in­fected with the virus af­ter she coughs re­peat­edly, the sound of which only grows louder and scarier.

In a tweet, RGV, as Varma is known, said the movie has been shot en­tirely un­der lock­down. He wrote: “Here is the CORO­N­AVIRUS film trailer. The story is set in a LOCK­DOWN and it has been SHOT dur­ing LOCK­DOWN.. Wanted to prove no one can stop out work whether it’s GOD or CORONA @sh­eryaset.” ak­ing a dig at celebri­ties who have been post­ing videos of them do­ing house­hold chores and cook­ing, RGV tweeted: “When the rest of film peo­ple were SWEEP­ING FLOORS, COOK­ING FOOD, WASH­ING UTEN­SILS, DRY­ING CLOTHES etc etc I MADE A FILM (sic).”

In an­other tweet, he wrote: “CORO­N­AVIRUS is not a HOR­ROR film. It os about the HOR­RORS which are in­side all of us in­clud­ing our great po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and bu­reau­crats who ac­tu­ally know only as much as us which is just noth­ing. THE ONLY THING I KNOW IS THAT I KNOW NOTH­ING”-Socrates [sic].”

Bol­ly­wood star Amitabh Bachchan, who has worked with RGV in ‘Sarkaar’, tweeted: “The ir­re­press­ible Ram Gopal Varma, ‘Ramu’ to many .. ‘Sarkaar’ to me .. makes an en­tire film about a fam­ily in Lock­down, shot dur­ing Lock­down .. Ti­tled: CORO­N­AVIRUS .. per­haps the first film to be made on the virus .. This be the TRAILER .. [sic]” In re­ply, RGV tweeted: “THANKS SARKAAAAR! .. I couldn’t just let a chon­goo mun­goo VIRUS to LOCK me down (sic)”.

Varma has not re­vealed when the film will be re­leased.

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