Ram Gopal Varma's project 'Murder' lands in legal trouble
The movie is based on an alleged incident of honour killing that took place in Hyderabad in 2018
Film director Ram Gopal Varma has found himself in the midst of a controversy, yet again, after his latest proposed movie ''Murder'' ran into legal trouble. The movie is based on an alleged incident of honour killing that took place in Hyderabad a few years ago.
The incident in question took place in September, 2018 when Pranay Perumalla, 24, was murdered in front of his pregnant wife, Amrutha.
While Amrutha, belongs to a upper-caste family, Pranay was a Dalit. Maruthi Rao, Amrutha’s father was sent to jail for ordering the killing and was subsequently granted bail after seven months. Rao allegedly killed himself in March this year.The tragedy gained a lot of attention as it shed light on caste-based prejudices and violence that are prevalent in the state.
The court directive that resulted in the case against Varma was issued on Saturday after Balaswamy, Pranay's father, approached a court in June.
In his plea he stated that it was wrong to make a film on the tragedy, considering that the matter is still pending in court. According to the police, he also contended that the photos of the family were being used without their consent. According to IANS, Amrutha, who lives with her in-laws, is also opposed to the idea of the film and had promised legal action.
Varma had announced last month, in a series of tweets, that he was making a film on the incident. "This is going to be a heart wrenching story based on the Amrutha and Maruthi Rao saga of the dangers of a father loving a daughter too much," he had tweeted on June 21.
I specifically mentioned that I have no intention to demean or degrade anyone and my film is just a creative work based on a subject which is in the public domain ..But as a citizen who respects the law i too will proceed legally to protect my fundamental rights pic.twitter.com/61PlT8kUBW— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 5, 2020
With regard to media speculations on the case filed on my film MURDER ,I once again want to reiterate that my film is based and inspired from a true incident and it is not the truth ..Also there’s no mention of anyone’s caste in the film pic.twitter.com/apiT6rKJDn— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 5, 2020
My final message to writer of the note whether it’s Amrutha or anybody else is i have the highest respect for people who endured a tremendous trauma and my sincerety in MURDER will be to respect that pain and lessen it by putting their experience in a contextual retrospective pic.twitter.com/nvT3eELdbb— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) June 22, 2020
In addition to Varma, the case also includes charges against the producer of the said film.