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SS Rajamouli regrets talking about Sridevi rejecting Baahubali, calls it a ‘mistake’

Director SS Rajamouli admits he shouldn’t have spoken about it on a public platform; praises Sridevi for her contribution to southern cinema.

regional movies Updated: Jul 10, 2017 15:44 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
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Baahubali director SS Rajamouli says he shouldn’t have discussed the details on a public platform.

It upset many, including actor Sridevi, when the news of her rejecting the role of Rajmata Shivagami in Baahubali went viral. Filmmaker SS Rajamouli now regrets making a statement about Sridevi being “too demanding” when his team approached her for the Baahubali franchise.

Sridevi had reportedly asked for a hefty fee for the role that eventually went to actor Ramya Krishnan. Speaking on a regional chat show, Rajamouli had revealed in May 2017, “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 [to be] fantastic. We now feel [that] we were lucky that we dropped the idea of having Sridevi in our film.”

Sridevi has spoken about being “shocked and hurt” by SS Rajamouli’s interview. (Viral Bhayani)

Looking back at what he had said, Rajamouli has now been quoted by DNA as saying, “One thing is for sure. I shouldn’t have discussed the details on a public platform. That’s a mistake. And I regret it.”

In June, during the promotions for Sridevi’s latest Bollywood film, Mom, the issue resurfaced when Sridevi was asked for her comment. “I was shocked and hurt by his interview. Rajamouli is a calm and dignified person. I was very happy to work with him. But, the way he spoke about the issue made me feel very sad,” she said in an interview to the channel, NTV Telugu.

Talking about her “starry demands” for working in Baahubali, Sridevi added, “People would have sent me packing if I was like that. I don’t know if the producer wrongly told Rajamouli that I made all these demands, but it is not in good taste to speak like this.”

Rajamouli, who regrets the entire episode, is all praise for Sridevi’s contribution to regional films down South. “I have huge respect for Sridevi ji as a flag-bearer of the southern film industries in Mumbai for many years. I wish her all the best. And I wish Mom a big success. The trailer looks very intriguing and promising,” he further said in his interview to DNA.

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First Published: Jul 10, 2017 14:35 IST