రాంగోపాల్ వర్మ డిజిటల్ ప్రయోగం

  1. RGV writes in his blog:

I am starting a Telugu film called “Dhongala Mutha” (A Gang of Thieves) with stars like Ravi Teja, Chaarmi, Brahmanandam, Laxmi Manchu, Prakash Raj etc, from February 9th.

It is going to be a high entertainment Thriller.

Everyone knows that normally a film takes between 60 to 120 days to shoot and more than 150 to 200 crew members will be working on it.

The unique thing about this film of mine is that this 2 hour long feature film will be completed in just 5 days start to finish, with a crew of just 5 people including me.

No one in this film is going to be paid. It is being made only with those actors and technicians who are excited to be a part of this project.

All the people who are working for this project will only be paid after the release of the film that is, if and only if the film makes profits and those payments will be in accordance with their individual value additions.

My primary intention of doing this film is to establish a fact of how it is possible to use present day Digital Technology to make a Theatrical film in just 5 days and with just a 5 member crew and that too at zero cost.

The technology I am adapting for this film is going to once for all prove that it’s not Crores of rupees that one needs to make a film but it’s just a story which excites all concerned and a passionate desire in all concerned to see that the film gets made and gets released.

The film will be released on March 4th that is exactly in 23 days from the start date of the shooting which is February 9th.

The five member unit breakup is as follows:

1 Director

2 Associate Directors

3 Three Canon 5D camera operators

There will be no generator, no lights, no equipments of any sort including Jibs, trolleys etc. as the entire film will be shot hand held and in natural light. The pilot track for the sound will be recorded by the cameras themselves.

From my study in testing these cameras and its associated technologies I am convinced that it’s going to revolutionize the entire costing process of a film. The creative content of the film is a separate issue which could be bad even in a 30 Crore film shot for a 100 days with a 200 crew unit.

The primary aim of this exercise of mine is to stretch to the upper limit of what is achievable in film making with today’s digital technologies in terms of saving time and costs in film production.

If it’s done with new unknown actors it would be still an obscure experiment. But the fact that I am doing this with stars like Ravi Teja who has a market recovery of more than 20 Crore per film is going to garner complete focus on to this film from everybody concerned in terms of what has been achieved.

In one word what this film will achieve for sure is that it will show ways to cut the costs of film production by 80% atleast for genre films, if not so much for the so called production value oriented films. Also it will make all the producers and directors sit up and question where all their money is actually going and why? And most importantly it will give all the aspiring directors an opportunity to make their films freely without having to worry a wee bit at all so as to how and where they can get money to make their films because they will realize that they don’t need any money at all to make a film any more.

The cost of film is a sum total of what one pays to artists, technicians, crew members’ equipment suppliers etc. but if the director with the sheer power of his idea and if he has the ability to convince all concerned and if he is also able to instill the same excitement into others as what he himself feels for the film then they all will agree to work at no cost and thus directly contribute to the project in their various individual capacities.

Once the film releases and if it makes profits then they will all be given their dues as per their individual pre agreed valuations. Here it has to be understood that the payments are coming from the profits rather than them adding to the cost.

So in this film “Dhongala Mutha” I have set out

(1) to push the digital technology to its peak limits.

(2) to make a film in a record time.

(3) to have a least number of crew.

(4) to make it at zero cost.

After my long absence from this blog which was partly due to my busy schedule and also because I was generally bored of the repetitive questions and observations. I came back now to share my excitement on this brand new idea of mine.

As soon as the film is out I will give the details of how I achieved this as only when you actually see the film you will understand what I am talking about. All in all, I can say now itself that the process I am employing in “Dhongala Mutha” will be and can be the only way which will bring in a true democratization to the process of film making and free aspiring Producers and Directors from the tyranny of lack of money.

For people who want to closely follow the work flow of “Dhongala Mutha” it is as follows:

Shoot starts – Feb 9th

Shoot ends – Feb 13th

Final Edit done – Feb 20th

Background Score, Sound EFX and Dubbing – Feb 25th

Final Mix and Censor Print done – March 1st

Theatrical release – March 4th

Total no of days from shoot start to release – 23 Days

Jai to Canon 5D and other assorted Digital Technologies!

Experience the Music !!!



  1. SKJ

    January 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Indeed ane experimental (versatile) move by RGV in Indian film industry, it is just another barking from TV media stating RGV is simply making money with cheap tricks.

    Its not the money .. remember SIVA taking & concept..all the directors still continue the same technique & methods.

    For sure its a gift for Indian Film to test on these different concepts & techniques.

  2. Ram

    January 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    navatarangam people can tell us how to get the permission to observe this film making in digital camera. as about interview what RGV said some workflow..

    any help….

  3. srikanth

    January 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Ram gopal varma; knows how to make money ..lol… he is just exploiting the market!! a film is all about story and the passion to narrate it!! he is playing with audience indeed!!

  4. అరిపిరాల

    January 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    సినిమా తీయడానికి అయిదురోజులు, ఐదుగ్గురు మనిషులు చాలు.. ఇప్పుడున్న 5D Technology తో అదేం పెద్ద విశేషమేమి కాదు..!! కాని అలా ప్రయత్నించే ఔత్సాహికుల కష్టాలు తీసిన తరువాత మొదలౌతాయి..!! వర్మ ఏ చెత్త తీసినా రిలీజు సమస్య వుండదు.. మరి మిగతా వారికి..????

  5. రాజశేఖర్

    January 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    అది పాయింట్! కరెక్టుగా చెప్పారు.

  6. Kalyan

    January 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    He started as a nobody and garnered name and fame with his movies(good and bad). He was a nobody when he started and found producers who were ready to produce and release his movies. He proved his mettle(earning reputation and money along the way). Now if you have talent do the same rather than just commenting here. Where there is a will there is a way. Don’t blame others for your deficiencies.

  7. రాజశేఖర్

    January 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Basically the people here are very passionated about film making. But most of them don’t have courage to make it to the top (few exceptions are there offcourse). The reasons are plenty some are known and some unknown. If you can leave your family, job, responsibilities, you can do any thing you wanted to irrespective of its failure or success. But here most people are little bit more passionated about their personal life than film making, hence they use this website for mutual sharing of their knowledge, their thoughts, opinions and comments sometimes funny, sometimes philosophical and sometimes redicules. Believe it or not lot of ideas which RGV has got were much before concieved by few exceptional people over here but their ideas were confined to only their imagination. Due to their overburden family responsibilities they could not make it to reality and hence some people here express their anguish in that way. If you are RGV admirer don’t get irritated with such comments just leave them as they are.

  8. Kalyan

    January 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    If you share good it would really be appreciated ( i will be the first one), but if you make ridiculous comments (just for the heck of it) it seems bad. Sharing knowledge (good things about movies/people) should be productive rather than degrading (others). Off late i have observed a tendency of useless comments (even me with this response)which don’t serve others any good.

    I am not a fan, but would like to encourage/appreciate when somebody tries something new/path breaking. Being in USA (or else anywhere in the developing world), people at least have to start/learn to appreciate others novel attempts (don’t say we got the same idea long back, but stopped due to so and so reason, you will be where you are).

    One of my MBA profs told us to remember that: Nothing in this world is novel, every idea might have been in somebody’s thoughts or minds. It is only when you implement that idea successfully, the idea reaches fruition.

  9. శంకర్

    January 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Actually this is a nice idea ‘Film with no money’. It would be more nicer if he extends the concept further and releases the movie for free (may be internet or renting DVDs for free, showing it on TV etc) and collect donations after that. Collections will be depending on the satisfaction of audience. Hope RGV will consider this. I’ll write to him on twitter and will see what he says 😉

  10. రాజశేఖర్

    January 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

    As I said in my earlier comment, most of the people here are imaginative where as Ramu is creative (In case of altered modern definition of creativity i.e., Creativity is nothing but knowing how to hide the source. What’s a big deal if a somebody called nobody ridicules him?! It doesn’t matter to him!!

  11. sri tirumala

    January 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    What’s this?
    First of all,we should know the basic result of the thing what we r doing.
    The name industry means creation of employment.
    We r watching the movies not only because of hero’s,directors and producers but also for the people who behind the screen making so much struggle even for low pay.
    I know varma sir is different …
    But,still he want to expose himself as extremely different.
    I dont know,why?
    May be publicity made him like that.

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