Ram Gopal Varma Blog #70. My Reactions to Reactions.

1. What does religion mean to you?
Ans: A well laid trap by the spoilsports, constructors and destructors over the ages to make you feel guilty and fearful all the time and in the process to make you loose out on all the fun in life.

2. If success is primarily an endorsement of a large number of people then are you suggesting that it is not in an individual’s control?
Ans: It depends on an individuals take on what success means to him. The question is whether you are buying a luxury car for yourself or is to bask in the awe and envy of others looking at it.

For me personally success is about getting up in the morning and the whole day do the exactly what I want to till I sleep. Under this definition I have been always successful all my life. While making a film I don’t live in worry and fear of whether a rickshaw guy in Gorakhpur or an IIT guy in Kharagpur will like it or not. I relish every moment of the making and by the time it releases am onto my next film.

That’s how I cracked the success code. Also I believe that each day we are born in the morning and die in the night when we sleep. So “forget yesterday, relish today and fantasize tomorrow” is the motto of my life.

3. If God is beyond man’s power to understand or control why think of God?
Ans: By definition both God and the Devil are beyond any ones control. They are just forces which can stop me from having what I want. I also believe that one man’s God could be another man’s devil.

From a girl not giving in to me to not finding my favourite brand of vodka in a certain location shoot are the principal things in my life which both God and Devil play havoc with and the rest of problems I manage myself.

4. If you tell a lie and tell it frequently and loudly it will become a truth.
Ans: Ironically enough if you tell a truth and tell it frequently and loudly many people will start thinking it is a lie.

5. Your comment on awards?
Ans: Will soon write a piece on this.

6. If you love women so much why don’t you undergo gender change?
Ans: Hello! I am not into a kissing and caressing myself.

7. When did you cry last time?
Ans: Last night when I told a sob story to a girl and got very carried away in the process.

P.S: She laughed.

8. Most people think you are not a trust worthy person. So then why do people work for you?
Ans: That is because they have no choice as most people are not trust worthy too.

9. When I ask ‘what are you gaining by believing God?’ they answer with ‘what are you loosing by believing?’
Ans: Yes if it is just believing in God you are not loosing anything. But if you practice what come along with it and get affected physically, emotionally or intellectually then there is plenty to lose.

When I was shooting near Tirupati a few of my assistants asked me that they want to go to the temple. I asked them why they think God has given more to an atheist like me than to devotees like them. There was no answer. I am sure that there will be answers to this from a variety of believers but the point here is my assistants don’t know and yet they wanted to give attendance in the temple. I think that’s because deep inside they were scared God will make a note that they didn’t come.

Whenever people feel a seeming injustice has been done like somebody unscrupulous becoming more successful than a God-fearing devotee the believers jump up and for lack of an explanation and throw in the Karma theory at them.

The Karma theory says that based on what you have done in your past birth you will enjoy or suffer in this birth.

Let me put this more simply. Let’s say you as a kid have done something wrong and your father waits for 20 years and then slaps you. That would be stupid because you would have forgotten what you have done by that time.

In the Karma theory it’s not even 20 years but it’s your next birth where you can’t even know who you were and what you did in the last birth. (Talk about delayed justice and then we have the nerve to complain about the delay in our criminal courts).

Belief in God comes from a desperate hope that something or someone out there will protect you in every which way and also can give you whatever you desire.

You can be distrustful and suspicious of your own Government, the people you work for and your own friends and family but you cannot afford to be that with God, as then there can be no more hope left. So we pardon, overlook and ignore God’s injustices as we can’t afford not to do that. Only people with a tremendous courage, madness, determination, over-confidence, objective understanding and arrogance like me can afford not to believe in God.