Guns and Thighs: And Other Stories from My Life is the autobiography of Ram Gopal Varma, the man behind iconic films like ‘Satya’, ‘Rangeela’, ‘Company’ and ‘Sarkar’. While Ram Gopal Varma has given us these really impressive movies, he is also the man behind some horrendous movies like ‘Aag’, ‘Daud’, ‘Naach’ and ‘Darna Jaruri Hai’, etc. Known as the ‘king of controversy’, Ram Gopal Varma has tried to maintain this notorious image throughout this book also. Nowhere in the book, Ram Gopal Varma has attempted to mince any words or endeavored to be politically right. On the other hand, he has spoken his mind and delivered his opinions both loudly and clearly. For Varma, “this book is a penning down of his thoughts, some of which might irritate readers, some amuse readers, some entertain readers and some even make readers hate him, but, at the end of the day, it won’t stop him from speaking his mind and doing as he please.”
In his autobiography, Ram Gopal Varma exposes his life like an open book for all to read. In keeping with his persona, Varma spends a major part of the book discussing various controversies associated with him. In particular, his unabashed rambling about women in the book may leave some readers feeling embarrassed. Varma has used this book as a platform for explaining his philosophies and the ways he view the world. He performs an honest postmortem on his own films (both hits and flops). You also find a glimpse of Varma’s relationship with Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, A. R. Rahman and Sridevi in this book. The section dealing with Sridevi may hurt the feeling of some readers. One of the important features of this book is the ‘lessons of life’ that Ram Gopal Varma shares with his readers that he has learned from his own experiences. The book, on the whole, is a crazy ride and keeps readers captivating. Every now and then, something interesting will pop up and keep you hooked.
In general, the book tells you how Ram Gopal Varma worked his way to become a well-known Bollywood director, screenwriter and producer. The book is a decent read if you are looking for a quick entertaining read. It is a great read if you follow the life of Ram Gopal Verma and wanted to know more about his personality. At the same time, some of the statements made in this book may put some readers off. As far as the depth of writing is concerned, the book does not make the cut for a 5 star rating. Certain things in the book find mention over and over again and irritate you. These repetitions could have been avoided. While the title of the book is attention-grabbing, the quality of the cover design could have been better. The author has not gone into too much detail about his family life, the inclusion of which in my opinion could have added an extra charm to the book. Overall, it is not a bad read at all.
If you love Ram Gopal Varma, you should definitely read this book. In the event that you don’t, there is no harm in investigating a couple of hours to become acquainted with his personality. The book is a small one and can be finished in one single reading.