YOU'D actually pinch yourself if you saw both Ram Gopal Varma and Amitabh Bachchan on set together.

But your dream would soon become reality when the director says 'Cut!'

A series of stunning performances headed RGV's Sarkar and Sarkar Raj, and now Ramu brings together the best element he had crafted in these two films - Amitabh Bachchan.

It's like achieving nirvana when you see the lethal combo back again, especially during the making of a film, because it's exactly that moment when you come to know the making of genius.

Let me start off a day before I visited the sets of RGV's Rann. My text message to the director reads: "Hi Ramu, Have you started your Rann shoot again with Mr Bachchan? I'd like to visit the set."

A prompt reply from RGV says: "Ya sure. Just let me know when you want to come."

And that's when my poetic instincts, according to RGV, come to life. I reply: "It'll be worth a watch to see the inventor meet the creator, to see the rebel meet the perfectionist and to see the master meet the sarkar."

Having known Ramu for quite some time now I knew he would throw the ball in my court, and how!

His text says: "Now stop being a poet. B is shooting with me tomorrow."

But the question is where? I call the writer of Rann, Rohit Banawilker, for details. Madh Island was the answer. After a gruelling hour and a half I finally reached the destination, to find Viva Bunglows was where the mighty star cast was present.

There was Amitabh Bachchan in a dapper looking dark blue striped suit, Simone Singh draped in an off-white kurta pyjama, Sudeep wrapped up in a shirt and jacket, Neetu Chandra covered from top to bottom in a peach coloured dress and Nina Kulkarni, who plays Big B's wife, in a beautiful sari.

The contemporary look of the bungalow might take you by surprise because RGV has finally moved away from the chawls and the theek thaak looking gharana.

All shared a strong camaraderie with Ramu. In the three hours I spent on the sets two scenes were shot.

In that day though, more than five scenes were done and dusted. That is a feat in itself.

But don't be surprised. We all know that RGV likes to work at a lightning pace.

What's more, his enthusiasm is infectious. Some directors direct from the TV monitor, but he'll walk on set with the cameras and interact with everyone fantastically.

Varma's favourite director of photography, Amit Roy, pans his camera in a tight close-up in one of the rehearsals.

The director believes the eyes and the facial expressions of the character speak more in volume. You now know why Sarkar Raj had those tight close ups.

Having said that, RGV does what he believes no other director would dare to do. In one of the scenes Nina Kulkarni and Neetu Chandra are seated on a sofa along with Sudeep and Simone Singh.

Amitabh Bachchan is seen in soft focus in between them from a distance - shot with no dialogue from the senior actor.

A figure like Mr Bachchan is in soft focus, yet it is the most important scene, according to RGV, because he thinks that people still have their eyes on Big B.

For a second, you want to believe that Big B is like a fly on the wall. He had to be there long enough for people to forget that he was there.

You have to second guess what is going on and to be there for three to four takes to get the moment. But it is only the fly that is in your mind. Killing the scene softly, RGV requests Amit Roy to then take his favourite shot - close up of Big B's facial expressions. 'Cut!' says the director and off we go for lunch.

Szechuan chicken with roti and curd was a perfect meal on a hot summer day, and what better lunch than to have Ram Gopal Varma to keep you company.

We sat together in his vanity van discussing films, films and more films until the second shot was about to get ready. RGV rushes to the set in time.

He loves and respects time. I got to know from his wellwishers that he has always finished his shoots early, yet properly.

Shot two gets under way with a dining table breakfast scene where Sudeep, Bachchan and Nina are seated but in which Big B again has no lines.

Saying nothing but recording the scene perfectly has become RGV's trademark. Talk about a team player. He puts everything he has into it.

But as soon as the shot was in its second take, a child actor named Rahul hits his head against the glass sliding door which he thought was open.

The crew became worried, but even more worried was Bachchan. He walks up to the main door from the breakfast table, orders ice and rubs it gently on Rahul's forehead.

Crying in pain, the cute boy couldn't see the fun coming his way.

In order to divert the attention of Rahul, he rubs the ice on his face and slowly into his T-shirt.

Tears turn to smiles and in a second into laughter for Rahul.

Everyone including Ramu was present during the picture perfect moment when Rahul got his best picture taken with Mr Bachchan before the pack-up was made official.