Ram Gopal Varma wrote and directed Shiva, a Hindi-language action film released in 1990 in India. The film was a replica of Varma’s Telugu debut, Siva (1989). Nagarjuna (on his Hindi debut) and Amala Paul star in the flick. The movie was a huge success. As a result of the film’s success, Ram Gopal Varma directed a prequel in 2006.
The film begins in a (fictitious) VAS college of Arts and Sciences classroom. After lessons, a gang of goons led by Ganesh violently beats a group of students outside the campus gate on the orders of a college student JD. JD was eventually revealed to be settling certain campus scores, and the incident resulted in at least one student leaving the college, adding to the campus’s fear of JD.
Ilaiyaraaja created the music. Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote the lyrics. All of the tracks are chart-topping hits. Venus Cassettes released the music. The film’s college campus was filmed at Hyderabad’s Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University. When Varma’s films are watched in order, they form an Icarus-like tale of success and disaster. He was completely formed when he entered Telugu film.
The autodidact synthesized lessons learned from watching movies into a new curriculum that combined Hollywood tastes with the compulsions and realities of the local environment. His early films demonstrate his command of storytelling and writing, as well as his intelligent casting, use of locales, and ability to handle a variety of genres (caper, horror, the gangster film, the road movie). His latter films demonstrate his loss of control over the same factors that made him famous.