Of all places one could possibly think of placing a camera, RGVs favourite place is right between the legs. Don’t be disgusted please. Ramu ji always has a reason to justify his actions or at least gives one the opportunity to guess. So as per my guess, this new type of camera shot could be called ‘crotchcam’ or rogue filmmaking.
The following conversation is fictional:
Much before the start of shooting for RGVs ‘Department’, everybody including RGV, Big B, Sanjay Dutt and RaNa sat down for a discussion.
RGV: Thank you all for coming on such short notice.
Everybody: Arey Ramu ji, don’t worry. Tell us why did you call for this meeting?
RGV: Yes, I’m coming to that. I reckon all of you are aware that we’ll be filming ‘Department’ from next week? However, I’m still not convinced with what’ll be different about this film from my other films.
Everybody: Well, it’s yet another take on Mumbai gang life from you. Doesn’t that make it special?
RGV: No. Tell me, will you watch the same porn movie with different cast again and again? I doubt!
Everybody: How about adding few seductive songs? Bring your item girls, Nisha or someone.
RGV: All films off late are following the same formula. I’m RGV, I don’t follow. I innovate
Everybody: So, what have you finally decided?
RGV: Well, I was thinking of an innovative camera shot. Most scenes in the film will be shot through this path breaking camera shot
Everybody: Wow. What’s that Ramu Ji
RGV: It’s called ‘crotchcam’, a first-of-its kind innovation. I place the camera right between the legs and give a feel of elevated shot.
Everybody: (Not knowing what to say) that’s awesome. I mean, it’s little awkward but what the heck, let’s do it.
RGV: Great, we start shooting tomorrow then.
Everybody: Makes sense but are you sure it won’t end up showing the audience something they never wished to see? I guess you know what we’re talking about?
RGV: Not at all. It will leave everybody in awe undoubtedly.
Jokes apart! RGVs ‘Department’ stands apart in the most peculiar fashion. It gives the audience a sense of relentless disgust while to a very few viewers, one being me, it makes sense. I don’t appreciate RGVs ‘innovation’ here but nevertheless would take a minute to say, ‘he’s got guts to experiment’. Do you if you were a filmmaker? Ramu takes his experimentation up a notch by doing the unthinkable. Experiments most of the times end up in a state of denial (failure) for most and Ramu unfortunately is one among them.
‘Department’ is an unadulterated taken on Mumbai mafia once again by RGV. The story revolves around the goal of Inspector Mahadev Bhosale (Sanjay Dutt), to eradicate the gangster nexus. He sets up an encounter specialist ‘Department’, comprising of righteous cop Shivnarayan (RaNa). Together they hunt down innumerous local goons and work their way up the ladder to lay their hands on Sawatya (Vijay Raaz), one of the two dons ruling Mumbai. Conflict arises between Shiv and Mahadev, after Shiv comes under the shelter of politician Sarjerao Gaikwad (Big B). The shades of grey of each character and lack of trust on each other follow through a series of twists and turns.
In few words, RGVs ‘Department’ is definitely one of his best films but his worst to conclude. The ensemble cast of Sanjay, Big B and RaNa only heightens expectations but fail to sustain or make any impact. Music is passable while Ramu’s characters leave you in splits. Big B reprises a nastier version of Sarkar, and Abhimanyu Singh as DK delivers what he’s best at, being maniacal.
Not to forget moments of voyeurism, which literally take you to the level of loathing? Nathalia Kaur will definitely flourish in the industry because she knows how to flaunt it. Good luck to her. ‘Department’ is not RGVs failure but downfall.
Watch ‘Department’ if and only if you’re a fan of RGV.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Reviewed by Haricharan Pudipeddi.
Haricharan is a Chennai based blogger and a film-critic who believes that cinema ain’t just about Hollywood and Bollywood. It’s much more than just that and we totally agree with him! You can catch up on his blog at movieroundup.in