RGV Muddies Drugs Case With His Posts
Hyderabad: Popular, now controversial, director Ram Gopal Varma has jumped into the drugs cauldron with his, as usual, out-of-the-way comments.
Coinciding with fourth of the Telugu film personalities’ interrogation in the infamous Hyderabad Drugs Case, RGV, as he is popularly known, posted this on Facebook: “I am very much wondering if (the) school children taking drugs also will be summoned by SIT and interrogated for 12 hours, like they are doing to Poori Jagan and Subbarajuraju… just asking?”
On the Excise Enforcement Department, the director was caustic: “Of course, everyone kind of know(s) it exists, but (for the) first time everyone actually heard about this department; only because they are using the film industry as a teaser trailer for people to come to know (of) their existence.”
Following is the content (edited for clarity) Ram Gopal Varma wrote on his Facebook wall regarding the Enforcement Director: “Whatever the actual truth of the(se) drug matters, law (will take) its own course. But for the moment, Akun Sabharwal is being projected like Amarendra Baahubali by the Media… Maybe SS Rajamouli should make Baahubali 3 with him (Sabharwal).”
Joining issue, Excise Commissioner R Chandravandan described as “untrue” RGV’s statement that Excise Department is targeting film industry. Investigations are only as per law.
A few hours after Chandravadan’s clarification came, the Sarkar series director again posted this on the social media platform: “Nobody is denying the integrity of Mr Sabharwal or his department. But even without any charges or conclusive proof, to allow media leaks to destroy reputations of people, apart from causing distress to their families, is highly deplorable.”
Without reacting much, the Excise Commissioner remarked that they are leaving the issue to the wisdom of Ram Gopal Varma.
President of Movie Artists Association, Sivaji Raja, pleaded with RGV to not create any controversies during a time of crisis. “Varma doesn’t know what to and when to speak. Such comments might do more harm than good, he observed.