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Ram Gopal Varma and the Indian middle class

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Ram Gopal Varma may be exorcised by the critics off-late but in our zeal to criticize we forget one thing that Ram Gopal Varma has been able to bring out the fears and threats that the average middle class of the modern times phases on a regular basis. It however tends to sweep it under the carpet under the pretext of having gravitated to modernity. However, the roots of the average Indian upbringing have a traditional element seeped in doses of superstition and it gets manifest in one form or the other. This is what Ram Gopal Varma has tried to capitalize on through his genre of films having horror on one form or the other.

It all started with RAAT where the psychological trauma that one faces as the night descends into a house was brought out in great relief and it went on to become a great hit. Nights have been repository of horror within their ambit and the dread created by the change in atmospheric conditions was capitalized in great detail but using imaginative camera angles which though is being berated off late was the catalyst that caught the fascination of the viewing public.

RAAT was followed by BHOOT that dwelled in detail on the psychological aspect of the trauma that women specifically undergo while living in a house in the modern cities. The attempt of Ram Gopal Varma was to probe the psychology that operates when one has to live in relative isolations owing to the demands of the modern times, and what goes on in the mind. Mind is an amazing factory and to what extent it can go has been the reference point of oeuvre of the films made by Ram Gopal Varma, particularly in the realm of horror films.

With PHOONK he has ventured into a new genre of horror associated with children, which is also one of the stark realities and dilemmas of the Indian society in general. Buoyed by the success that he has attained, Ram Gopal Varma is contemplating to make a sequel of PHOONK and one would have to wait to find out which personal nuance of modern life would be unraveled by Ram Gopal Varma.



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