‘Aamir Khan felt betrayed and that’s my fault completely’, says Ram Gopal Varma on ‘Rangeela’ controversy

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma is one such Bollywood director who never shies away from expressing his thoughts and opinions. He stands strong in support of other members of the film industry and does not fear speaking out the truth in a person’s defence. Now, recently, in an interview, he spoke about the ‘misunderstanding’ that he had with actor Aamir Khan after their 1995 superhit film ‘Rangeela’. RGV said, because of a series of misunderstandings, he was quoted in a news report as having said that a ‘waiter’ delivered a better performance than Aamir. Because there were no mobile phones at the time, Aamir wasn’t able to immediately get in touch with him and proceeded to make his own counter-statement after believing that he was being ‘deliberately’ avoided. They later met and discussed what had happened. The famous director added, ‘Aamir is a very dedicated, passionate, and patient person, which I am not. I am a very impulsive guy’. He said that they didn’t have a fallout but more of a misunderstanding. Talking about their equation today, he adds, ‘I don’t have any bad blood, neither does he’. Meanwhile, clearing the air about his remark on Aamir, RGV said, he made a ‘technical point’ about a certain scene, which he believed was improved by a co-actor’s reaction to Aamir’s line delivery, but this point didn’t come across to the interviewer, who ran the story with the headline ‘the waiter was better than Aamir’, and quoted the director. For the unversed, ‘Rangeela’, which co-starred Urmila Matondkar and Jackie Shroff, was a major box office success and was nominated for several awards.

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