RGV over-charges for 'Naked', calls it a James Cameron moment
Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, AhA and the likes are offering unlimited content for a few hundred bucks. In contrast, viewers are having to pay Rs 240 (inclusive of taxes) for a 22-minute short film by Ram Gopal Varma. While some of the OTT platforms give access to full-length national and international films, RGV gives us a lazily-shot, absurd soft porn movie.
We are talking about 'Nanga Naked Nagnam', the web film that is currently streaming on Shreyas ET. This pay-per-view model is welcome, but the pricing has to be non-exploitative. Who charges Rs 240 for a short film in the era of Netflix and Amazon? Mainstream filmmakers like Gautham Menon, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and others are doing some serious stuff on OTT, telling a range of stories. RGV is resorting to third-rate gimmicks to make the quick buck.
Ironically, RGV thinks he has pulled off a feat. Taking to Twitter, the director quotes the legendary James Cameron "If you want to be a filmmaker, just pick up a camera and shoot”. RGV adds, "Never were those words more truer than now ..Anybody from anywhere can shoot a film now and release in their own personal theatre,like I released CLIMAX and NAKED in my own RGVWORLDTHEATRE."
If only RGV respected the audience's money, he would feel bad about over-charging gullible customers for outlandish content.