MISCONCEPTION THAT UNDERWORLD PUT MONEY INTO BOLLYWOOD: RGV
Filmmaker Ram Gopal
Varma (above) says contrary to the popular perception, underworld never invested money into Bollywood and there was never a nexus between them.
Varma says the activities of the underworld with regards to film fraternity were mostly limited to making calls to either scare celebrities or help their friends. “It’s a misconception that there’s a nexus between underworld and Bollywood. Underworld never put money, which again is a misconception. If underworld also has to put money, why is it underworld? It defeats the purpose,” says Varma.
He further adds, “They were publicity crazy at that time. They would get a high in scaring, who we think are our stars and big filmmakers. By 2004, most of the gangsters were killed and they lost a lot of power. Disbanding the encounter squad was a signal that underworld as a force has been completely reduced.”
The filmmaker, who is known for films such as Satya (1998), Company (2002) says he has never been at the receiving end of the underworld because of his films. “If I’m still alive that means I’m not at the receiving end. Why would underworld have any problem with anyone making a film,” adds Varma.