Arnab’s Bollywood Tirades Might Earn Him a Ram Gopal Varma Film. It’s Not Going to be Pleasant


Arnab’s Bollywood Tirades Might Earn Him a Ram Gopal Varma Film. It’s Not Going to be Pleasant

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Over the last week, Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami has been on an unending tirade against the alleged “Bollywood mafia”, with accusations of drug abuse, sexual assault, and underworld connections surfacing numerous times in his debates. Gowami’s strong words now seem to have rubbed at least one director the wrong way. In a series of tweets posted on Monday, Ram Gopal Varma, who’s best known for films like Satya and Sarkar, indicated that the comments made on Republic TV against the industry were absolutely unacceptable to him.

The director also went on to apparently announce that he would make a new film on the anchor’s life, titled “Arnab — The News Prostitute”.

“Was shocked to see #ArnabGoswami talking about Bollywood in such a horrible way…” the first of the director’s tweets read, referring to the channel’s incessant coverage of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. “He calls it the dirtiest industry ever with criminal connections, it’s full of rapists, gangsters, sexual exploiters and what not?”

The director went on to criticise the way a number of high-profile deaths, spanning 25 years, were clubbed together on the channel.

Varma then urged a number of his peers and prominent faces who have been named in the Republic debates, such as Mahesh Bhatt, Aditya Thackeray and Karan Johar, to not remain “hiding under the tables” of their “plush offices” unless they want to appear guilty.

Much to social media’s surprise, the director also seemed to announce that he would make a film to tear down the facade of Republic TV, and “expose” Arnab Goswami.

After announcing a placeholder title, RGV also revealed some of his marketing plans.

It’s still unclear whether the director’s Twitter rant should be taken as an official announcement for an upcoming film. What is clear, though, is that the stand-off between Arnab Goswami and Bollywood is just about starting to get interesting.