Filmmaker S S Rajamouli’s “Baahubali: The Conclusion” has turned out to be the biggest hit in the history of Indian Cinema. Earlier, it was reported that Sridevi was the first choice for the role of Sivagami. However, due to monetary differences, the role went to Ramya Krishna.
Now, Sridevi has opened up about the rumours of rejecting Baahubali and has wondered why the question crops up during every interaction with the media.
In an interview given to a Telugu Channel, Sridevi said, “I could not be part of many films in my career due to various reasons. But I don’t know why only this film is being talked about. Baahubali part 1 and part 2 came out and both became big hits. And I don’t understand why people still talk about it.”
Talking about unnecessary rumours floating about her demands made to Rajamouli, she said, “I have avoided talking about it for a long time. But, once and for all, I want to clear the air. I have been in the industry for about 50 years and acted in more than 300 films. Do you think I could have accomplished all of this by making such demands?”
“People in the industry would have sent me packing if I was like that. But, when you hear such things about yourself, you really get hurt. I don’t know if the producer wrongly told Rajamouli that I made all these demands or there could have been some miscommunication. I think it is not in good taste to speak on a public platform like this,” she added.
The actress also said that she was hurt and disappointed by Rajamouli’s comments on the entire casting issue. She revealed, “I never took anything about this matter to the heart. But, I saw a Rajamouli interview and I was shocked. I have heard about Rajamouli, he is a calm and dignified person. I have seen his movie Eega and was very happy to work with him. He is a great technician but the way he spoke about the issue made me feel very sad.”
Last month, S S Rajamouli claimed on a regional TV chat show that Sridevi’s refusal to star in his film turned out for the best. Times Of India quoted him as having said, “After hearing series of wishes from her (Sridevi), our team got fed up. We also thought that it would be above our budget to meet her demands. Then we approached Ramya Krishnan and she proved herself fantastic and we now feel, we were lucky that we dropped the idea of having Sridevi in our film.”
On the work front, Sridevi is currently busy with the promotions of her upcoming film MOM, alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshay Khanna. The thriller-drama is set to release across nation on July 7.