Reacting sharply to the criticism from the parents of Neeraj Grover, the slain creative head of an entertainment-company, who want Ramu to stop the filming of Not A Love Story based on their son’s savage murder, Ramu says his film is only inspired by the gruesome incident.
“How can I make a film on the actual murder? Was I there? How would I know what actually transpired? I can only re-construct the incident in my own mind and then give them my own cinematic interpretation. In any case, the matter is subjudice. So how could I be making a film on the actual case?”
Dismissing the Grover parents’ grief as an emotional outburst, Ramu rationalizes, “How can they stop my film when it isn’t their son’s story? I am interested in the psychology of the case. How could sane sensible seemingly civil law-abiding citizens behave in this way? The two people who actually plotted and carried out the murder seem most incapable of such a heinous act.”
Ramu is no stranger to films with a biographical slant. His last release Rakht Charitra raised quite a bit of heat and dust for being the exact replication of the life and times of the Andhra politician-outlaw Paritala Ravi.
But Ramu moves back even further in time to give the example of Sarkar. “Everyone assumed Mr. Bachchan was playing Bal Thackeray in the film. But when Sarkar released did anyone accuse him of playing a real-life character? My point is, every film is inspired by real-life incidents. There’s no getting away from that.”
Ramu finishes shooting Not A Love Story on May 27. Film done in less than a month. He has much to be pleased about. His acerbic comments on Satya Sai Baba have provoked netizens to put up a picture where Sai Baba’s face has been morphed to Ramu’s torso.
Chuckles Ramu, “I love the picture. I’ve framed it in my living room.”