'Department' has Sanjay Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan and Rana Dagubbati in the lead besides Anjana Sukhani and Abhimanyu Singh in pivotal roles. The film released on May 18 and was panned by critics.
Reportedly made at a budget of Rs 30 crore, the film has so far earned Rs seven crore at the box office. "Whatever else is happening to 'Department' but I am supremely happy that I won't see the faces of Sanjay Dutt and Dharam Oberoi (CEO of Sanjay Dutt Productions) for the rest of my life," Varma tweeted.
While the shooting of the film was going on, there were reports that both Varma and Dutt were at loggerheads. However, during media interactions both denied it.
"From forcing me to take Kangana (Kangana Ranaut) out of the film to constantly cornering me to change screenplay, I had the most horrible time working with Dutt," Varma said.
Both Dutt and Oberoi too had expressed displeasure over the way the film was handled by Varma. "If Dutt and Oberoi think I am the bad in 'Department' lets wait for 'Zilla Ghaziabad' and Soham's film where I am not there to spoil their creative inputs," Varma said.