Bhubaneswar: A day after he received flak from the people of Odisha, Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma(RGV), not only got the spelling of the state right, ‘Odisha’ as opposed to his earlier ‘Orissa’ but also became more respectful in his reference to the state.
RGV thought he was doing the state a favour while praising Odisha-born newcomer Apsara Rani, who will be seen in his upcoming project ‘Thriller.’
In a series of tweets, RGV claimed that he had never thought of Odisha as a talent hub for the film industry. The producer also went on to say that he had not even heard about Odisha even since the 1999 Super Cyclone.
“Before meeting Apsara, I dint even hear about Orissa since the 1999 hurricane. But after meeting her, now I realised that Orissa creates all kinds of hurricanes. It’s been a great revelation that Orissa has such beauties MORE POWER TO ORISSA,” RGV had tweeted on July 6 while sharing a picture of the debutant actress.
Before meeting Apsara,I dint even hear about Orissa since the 1999 hurricane..but after meeting her now ,I realised that Orissa creates all kinds of hurricanes..it’s been a great revelation that Orissa has such beauties ..MORE POWER TO ORISSA @apsara_rani_ pic.twitter.com/v8MStRM5ab
— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 6, 2020
Captioning another picture of her, the Bollywood filmmaker on June 7 said, “Never even thought of Odisha as a talent pool for the film industry. But going by Apsara Rani coming from there, both the rest of the country and Odisha itself should seriously look at Odisha.”
Never even thought of Odisha as a talent pool for film industry..But going by @apsara_rani_ coming from there , both the rest of the country and Odisha itself should seriously look at Odisha pic.twitter.com/gGfUwiPwfU
— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 7, 2020
It goes to the credit of the actress for giving the ‘Rangeela’ director a befitting reply.
Sir there’s a lot of better talent than me in Odisha but I just got an opportunity… I wish the rest of the country recognises this and take Odisha talent seriously🙏 https://t.co/Dbqoio9pKr
— Apsara Rani (@apsara_rani_) July 7, 2020
RGV’s remarks did not go down well with the people of Odisha, who launched a barrage of comments on him on social media. They slammed the filmmaker in the comment sections for his ‘poor knowledge’.
“These guys always fly in air because of their success. In fact, they are unaware about things happening around. I can bet even a Class 3 student from Odisha has better IQ than him. Please don’t expect knowledge from him, he knows a bit about social media that’s a surprise,” said a Facebook user.
“Dear Ram Gopal Verma, from your above tweet, you have openly exposed your poverty of knowledge and idea on Odisha,’” said another user.
“Odisha is the land of Lord Jagannath. Lustful myopic vision has no place in the land of Odisha,” another tweeted.
Recently, Telangana Police booked RGV and his producer Natti Karuna following a complaint in connection with his recently announced film ‘Murder’, which is based on honour killing.