Birth: 07-04-1962, Hyderabad, India

Ram Gopal Varma is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. Varma has directed, written and produced films across multiple genres-psychological thrillers, underworld gang warfare, politician-criminal nexus, and musicals in multiple languages.


Shiva (1989 film) was his first film as a director and Dongala Mutta (2011) is his most recent one. He gained recognition in Hindi cinema, with the straight Hindi version of Shiva (1989 film) in (1990) and Rangeela (film) (1995). The next film he directed was Satya (1998), which won six Filmfare Awards, including the Critics Award for Best Film. Satya, together with his 2002 film Company (which he directed and which won seven Filmfare Awards) and 2005 film D (which he produced), form an "Indian Gangster Trilogy". Other acclaimed films that Varma directed include Kshana Kshanam (1991), Gaayam (1993), Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997), Kaun (1999), Jungle (2000), Bhoot (2003), Sarkar (2005), Sarkar Raj (2008), Rakta Charitra (2010) Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju (2011) and Dongala Mutta (2011).


His upcoming films include, Department (film) and Bezawada Rowdilu, starring Naga Chaitanya and Rana Daggubati. Ram Gopal Varma Penumatsa was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India to Krishnam Raju Penumatsa and Suryavathi Raju Penumatsa. In an interview to Tehelka, Varma talked about his relationship with his parents, and the reasons behind his decision to become a filmmaker.


Varma completed BE in civil engineering from V.R.Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada. Even during this period, Varma remained a film buff, through his uncle. Varma would skip classes often and watch films instead. He would watch the same film repeatedly "just to watch certain scenes which interested him." According to him, that is how he learned film direction. After a brief stint as a site engineer, for a hotel in Hyderabad, He then put his dreams on the back burner and decided to go to Nigeria to make some money. It was at this moment that he visited a video rental library in Hyderabad. He loved the idea and decided to start one of his own at Ameerpet in Hyderabad, through which he slowly developed connections with the film world. Without being successful as a fourth assistant director in B. Gopal's film, collector gari abbayi, Varma directly ventured into film direction, in Nagarjuna's 1989 film shiva.