Excerpts from a conversation between Ram Gopal Varma and Hemanth Kumar CR
You’ve become this commander of trolls. Have you ever felt like you’ve gone a little too far?
If I think like that, then I won’t put it. There’s no such thing as going too far. If there’s something I like, I put it out. People can laugh, criticise or think that I’ve gone mad.
On social media there are people who support you, and those that criticise you and say you have fallen from grace. I understand that you won’t take it seriously, but does it change inside you, right?
No, it doesn’t. The trolls on social media live only for that. And they do that to everybody. If there’s some guy who trolls me or anyone else, if you go to his account and see, the only thing he does is trolling. Because that’s his pastime for the day. I think none of them needs anything. There’s absolutely no point in taking them seriously.
Also when I’m posting, I don’t want to be thinking whether I’ll get trolled or if people won’t like it. That is not my expression. My expression is what I feel at that time. And if people are voluntarily following me, they can unfollow me if they want to. And I don’t want to put thought into ‘falling from grace’, because first of all there never was grace. That’s what I think. And I hate to be put on a pedestal. I never liked it.
When was the last time that you were really happy or proud of your work? Maybe, after Shiva?
I was never. I never looked at it as work and I have mentioned this many times. I lose interest in my film the moment the mixing is over. Once whatever is the last thing I can consciously do in the film is over, I don’t think about it or care about what people think about it. That’s because I’m involved in the next thing. Not necessarily a movie. Something else. I constantly need a high and excitement. So it doesn’t bother me at all.