The director has launched faces like Urmila Matondkar, Antara Mali, Nisha Kothari in the past.
Nathalia, his latest discovery, has done a sizzling item number in Varma’s upcoming “Department” and will be the heroine of his next romantic thriller.
The model, however, maintains that her equation with Varma is nothing more than that of an actor and director.
“Ramu (Ram Gopal Varma) is not my godfather or mentor. I am just working with him. He is a director and I am an actor,” said Nathalia, who was in the capital to promote “Department”.
The actress was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to a half Indian father and Brazilian mother and she says she fell in love with Bollywood the moment she came to India.
“I fell in love with the industry. I think Bollywood is such a place which has space for everyone. I admire all the actors and actresses,” she said.
Nathalia, who made her debut in the Kannada film “Dev Son of Mudde Gowda”, said that she takes her Bollywood career very seriously and is learning all she can about the film industry.
“I take my career very seriously. It is not like fun or games. I do my homework. I watch Hindi films. I have done a lot of research about the industry. I have read a lot. I am taking Hindi classes and also learning dance,” she said.
Asked if she will stick to doing item numbers, Nathalia said, “I am an actress not an item girl. I met Ramu for a role in a film first and the item number happened later. I am also doing a film with Rana Daggubati. It is a romantic thriller and we will start shooting in July.”