Until October 5th, 1989 Telugu movie industry was following a single formula for movie making but after the release of movie Shiva people started following its making and using it as a reference. Shiva was the first trendsetter movie in Telugu and the reason behind this is Ram Gopal Varma. New camera angles, fresh action episodes, completely refreshing music and background score from Maestro Ilayaraaja and this movie made actor Nagarjuna popular in masses and youth. Producer Venkat and Nagarjuna should be appreciated for starting a new trend in Telugu. Till even today, most of the directors favorite movie is considered as Shiva. The movie was remade into Hindi in 1990 was successful and got good revenues to the producer. The film got Nandi award to RGV for direction, Nagarjuna as actor and Tanikella Bharani for best dialogues.
2) Kshana Kshanam
The movie Kshana Kshanam staring Venkatesh and Sridevi was released on 9th October, 1991 did not fare well in its first release but scored decently in its second release. The movie got Nandi award to RGV for direction. The movie is considered to a classic by many viewers. The song “Jaamu Raatiri” composed by M.M Keeravani is unforgettable till day. This action comedy movie inspired RGV to make movies on the same genre like Daud, and Road in Hindi. The movie was produced by Sri Durga Arts. One more interesting byte about this movie is Sridevi sang a song “Ko Ante Koti” along with S.P. Balasubramanyam. Again Venkatesh should be appreciated to agree to act in Kshana Kshanam.
The 5th movie of RGV, Gayam staring Jagapathi Babu, Revathi and Urmila Matondkar was released on 22nd April 1993 and turned out a huge blockbuster. The movie gave hero Jagapathi Babu a Nandi award for his performance, Sitaramashastri best lyricist for song “Niggadeesi Adugu” and RGV won Filmfare award for best director. This movie was written by both Mani Ratnam and RGV. Music was composed by Sri and Jagapathi Babu dubbed first time in his career for Gayam. The movie was based on mafia backdrop. The second part of the movie Gayam II was released in 2010 and was considered a average movie.
Rangeela starring Aamir Khan, Jackie Shroff and Urmila Matondakar was RGV’s first direct Hindi movie released on September 8th, 1995. The movie got seven Filmfare awards including best story by RGV, best music by A.R. Rahaman. The movie was declared a huge hit and secured a good place for RGV in Bollywood.
5) Anaganaga Oka Roju
Anaganaga Oka Roju directed and produced by RGV on Varma creations was released on January 1st, 1996. This action comedy starring J.D.Chakravarthy and Urmila Matondkar and was a huge hit. The movie was initially directed by Krishna Vamsi but due to some differences RGV had to take over the direction department. The movie got comedian Brahmanandam Nandi award for his character Michael Jackson which is still remembered by people. Music was composed by Sri.
Satya movie is another milestone in RGV’s career. The movie was made on a budget of 2 crore and collected 15.5 crores. The movie got six Filmfare awards. This action mafia movie staring J.D. Chakravarthy and Urmila Matondkar was released both in Hindi and Telugu on 3rd July, 1998. The music was composed by Vishal Bharadwaj and background score by Sandeep Chowta. Satya is still considered the best Gangster movies in Bollywood. Satya II released recently and bombed at box office.
Company movie was considered a sequel to Satya. The movie was based on real life story of Gangster Dawood Ibrahim. The movie staring Mohanlal, Ajay Devgan, Manisha Koirala, and Antara Mali was released on 15 April, 2002. The movie was produced by trio RGV, Boney Kapoor and Ashwini Dutt. The movie won six Filmfare awards and was considered a master piece by many film critics. The music was composed by Sandeep Chowta.
Though RGV directed many horror movies, Bhoot is considered to be his best work in this genre. The movie staring Ajay Devgan, Urmila Matondkar, Fardeen Khan, Rekha and Nana Patekar was released on 30th May, 2003. The movie was released in Telugu as 12 va Anthasthu. Though the movie did average business but scared many people in theatre, the sequel of the movie Bhoot Returns was released in 2012.
Sarkar an adaption of famous English movie The Godfather was released on 1st July 2005. The movie was based on real life story of politician Bal Thackeray. The movie starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif was considered a hit and got good name to the actors. Sequel Sarkar Raj was released in 2008.
10) Raktha Charitra
RGV is considered master of making real life stories and Raktha Charitra is considered one of them. The movie was based on real life characters of Paritala Ravi and Maddealacheruvu Suri. The movie starring Vivek Oberoi and Surya was released on 22nd October, 2010. RGV did voice over and also sang a song. The movie was received well by audience and was released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Second part of the movie was released two months after.