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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.


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