When Ram Gopal Varma’s by far best-known work Satya completed 25 years on July 3,the film’s leading lady Urmila Matondkar preferred to maintain a distance from the euphoria, except for a pertinent media post on how her performance was neglected for all the awards for Satya.
Shockingly in an interview on Film Companion where the Satya team spoke about the film Urmila was conspicuous by her absence, although Shefali Shah who had a mere 10-minute role in Satya was present.
Urmila is not mistaken in her feeling of isolation. Some of her best scenes were cut in Satya , and so was her beautiful haunting Lata Mangeshkar melody Geela geela pani which to this day Urmila considers one of her best written, composed and filmed songs.
In the Film Companion interview Ramu impetuously insulted Gulzar who wrote Geela geela pani for Satya.
Said Ramu, “I don’t remember, maybe it was Anurag (Kashyap) who said, ‘But paani is geela, what is geela paani?’ So, to counter it, we told him that ‘geela paani’ Vishal has already written for Maachis, and the word has been used in songs already. ‘So one more will come, what’s the problem,’ Gulzar said, which is also true.”
Ramu also said Gulzar Saab “screwed up” the lyrics of Goli maar seene mein in Satya.
While Gulzar Saab refrained from reacting this this loutish outburst of arrogance,an individual very close to the poet had a very harsh response to Ramu’s insensitive remarks: “Ram Gopal Varma would say anything to get noticed.After so long someone actually wanted to interview him. This was his chance to get noticed . So he chose the most respected target from his Satya team. I hope he is happy. Does he even look at the cinema he has been making in recent years? I am asking because nobody else does.”