I was hurt by SS Rajamouli’s comments: Sridevi on rejecting Baahubali

Sridevi was the original choice for the role essayed by Ramya Krishnan in ‘Baahubali’

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Sridevi in a still from 'Puli'.

During a recent interaction with NTV, actress Sridevi opened up rejecting Baahubali and said that rumours of her demanding Rs 10 crores for the role of Sivagami were completely baseless.

“There are rumours that I asked about Rs 10 crore for the role, including an entire floor in a hotel and 10 flight tickets etc. 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?,” she added.

Sridevi went on to state that she was deeply by how SS Rajamouli spoke about her during one of his interviews and felt heartbroken because of his comments.

“I saw a Rajamouli interview and I was shocked and hurt by it. 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,”she said

In case you did not know, sometime ago, SS Rajamouli ruffled a few feathers when he said that the Baahubali team was ‘lucky’ that Sridevi had turned down the offer. Interestingly, the Sivagami character was ultimately essayed by Ramya Krishnan who received rave reviews for her performance.

On a related note, Sridevi is currently gearing up for the release of her Hindi film ‘Mom’. In it, she will be seen alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna.

    Anonymous

    Rajamouli’s comments make a lot of sense in the context of Sridevi’s Tamil movie ‘Puli’ which came soon after Bahubali 1. She made a
    big ruckus about her remuneration and was trolled by the producers. I think Rajamouli was empathising with his Kollywood
    counterparts when he spilled the beans.
    I think a great actor should be like Amitabh Bachchan, who after touching the sky with glory, is so grounded and accessible to
    every small and big producer/director who ever dreamt of doing a movie with him. He doesn’t care what the role is like. He didn’t
    mind being a one minute co-traveler of Sridevi in English-Vinglish! His greatness lies in his humility.

    Anonymous

    nothing wrong in asking 10 crores sridevi. actors are getting paid multiple times that amount.

    Anonymous

    Did anyone else get scared by this picture :O

    Anonymous

    hahaha. SO NICE for once a DIRECTOR IS HONEST and bringing out the TRUTH!
    Sri is hurt but we as audience are delighted to know the TRUTH and behind the scenes happenings.
    Actresses are ego maniac who would say “I rejected this role”
    But ultimately it was Rajamouli who rejected HER!
    WTG Rajamouli.
    Bahubali would not be bahubali with out Ramya. On and off screen she is powerhouse and NO plastic surgeries TOO!

      Anonymous

      Then why did he approached her

    Anonymous

    Nothing wrong if she demanded 10 crores, she deserves it.

      Anonymous

      Why? Not just 10 crores she also asked Hindi rights if all are fulfilled then many north people couldn’t have watched the film

    Anonymous

    She is lying. Just the way she and Boney Kapoor lied to Mona Kapoor. I don’t trust this woman.

      Anonymous

      About what they lied.

    Anonymous

    Awww Sridevi is jealous. Sridevi left Bahubali and instead chose Puli bcoz she was getting more money. While Puli flopped, Baahubali became the biggest hit of Indian cinema. Moreover Ramya’s performance was praised as much a Prabhas. Thats what is hurting Sridevi

      Anonymous

      she was hurt with rajamouli comments .she doesnt need that role like ramyakrishna to become popular.

    Anonymous

    Awww Sridevi is jealous. Sridevi left Bahubali and instead chose Puli bcoz she was getting more money. While Puli flopped, Baahubali became the biggest hit of Indian cinema. Moreover Ramya’s performance was praised as much a Prabhas. Thats what is hurting Sridevi.
    Sridevi had the same problem with Madhuri. She left Beta, Anjaam, DTPH and Madhuri became the number 1 actress by doing these roles. What a insecure person Sridevi is!! Lack of Education makes such people act so cheap! Sridevi always runs behind money which is why she broke 2 homes- Mithun Chakraborty & Boney Kapoor!!

      Anonymous

      she doesnt need money. she was highest paid actress, done almost 300 movies.

    Anonymous

    Both Mom & Baahubali were first offered to Rani! Rani is much more talented & versatile than Ramya & Sridevi. When Rani is not making any noise why is Sridevi so butt hurt??

      Anonymous

      Hi Queen Rani. Dont be so delusional. Rani is not getting any films. She is over. Nobody is interested in watching her!

      Anonymous

      Tell rajamouli to make some noise about rani

    Anonymous

    Both are quite different. There Sharapova may not have known Sachin or his talent hence such an ignoring comment. But here Sri purposely denied movie inspite of knowing Rajamouli’s work. She is a Telugu actress first and knows trends there well. She knew all of Rajamouli’s earlier movies and his talent. Moreover Baahubali producer is directly related to her mentor Raghavendra Rao. Her mentor was responsible for her Telugu and Hindi hits and helped her establish in both industries. So to say that she may have not known Rajamouli work is not correct.
    She worked in Puli around Baahubali 1 time . It may be money or the character but she had her own reasons. Its better she own up her decision rather than saying about being hurt. I think her mentor must also have been hurt when after working in so many movies she refused his production movie challenging the director vision and his vision.

    Anonymous

    Ramya did justice to the role – we don’t need an actress like sridevi in a film like Bahubali.

    Anonymous

    She is making up these rumours like how SRK made up rumours about Abram being his son’s illegitimate child… on the other hand, these so called journalists need to stop asking her the same question again and again… its irritating for everyone

      Anonymous

      Rajamouli started this. He commented on sridevi.

    Anonymous

    Everyone knows how much trouble she gave to the makers of Puli…. so yes, Rajamouli is right is saying that they are very lucky that Sridevi was not a part of Baahubali… this woman is so full of herself and people keep feeding her ego…

    No one could have done it better than Ramya!

      Anonymous

      Then why did he approached her.

    Anonymous

    She earlier said she won’t talk about it. Now why is she using this so called controversy to promote her film?

      Anonymous

      ofcourse.. to promoter her movie.

      Anonymous

      so she thinks MOM will do well just riding on the controversy around Bahubali because it is a blockbuster.

      Anonymous

      she said she will talk about that in hyderabad.

    Anonymous

    An actor has every right to reject a film for whatever reason, whether it be script, role or money.

    Whenever I watch Bahubhali now I imagine Sridevi in each scene of Ramya. As a fan I would have loved to see her do the role but I think it wouldn’t have worked overall in the film. Sridevi has a very powerful screen presence, which would have been too much for this role. Also in all that makeup she wouldn’t have suited the role of Prabhas’ mother, especially considering the era the film is set in. Ramya looks more matronly so overall fitted the role better. I would love to see her do an out and out villain in a film like this though (although she looked great, Puli was a load of rubbish, she could have chosen something better).

      Anonymous

      im thinking exactly same

    Anonymous

    Two sides of this story. First, the issue here is similar to when Sharapova said she doesn’t know Sachin tendulkar. Remember how Indians were outraged? They attacked her facebook profile, twitter, etc…asking “how dare she?”, “What she thinks of herself?”, “she is a bad player”, etc, etc. Indians consider sachin as their god, but does it matter to sharapova? She genuinely did not know him and it wasn’t her loss either. She is more famous in the world and probably gets paid higher than sachin. Same is the situation with Sridevi rejecting Baahubali. People were outraged asking “how dare she reject such an amazing film?”, “who she thinks she is to reject a blockbuster?” While sridevi had her own genuine reasons to reject ther film, it isn’t her loss either. Sridevi will continue doing movies and it doesn’t really cause any harm to her career.

    Second, this was a planned promotional strategy for MOM. The controversy started when MOM’s first look was released.

      Anonymous

      Both are quite different. There Sharapova may not have known Sachin or his talent hence such an ignoring comment. But here Sri purposely denied movie inspite of knowing Rajamouli’s work. She is a Telugu actress first and knows trends there well. She knew all of Rajamouli’s earlier movies and his talent. Moreover Baahubali producer is directly related to her mentor Raghavendra Rao. Her mentor was responsible for her Telugu and Hindi hits and helped her establish in both industries. So to say that she may have not known Rajamouli work is not correct.
      She worked in Puli around Baahubali 1 time . It may be money or the character but she had her own reasons. Its better she own up her decision rather than saying about being hurt. I think her mentor must also have been hurt when after working in so many movies she refused his production movie challenging the director vision and his vision.

        Anonymous

        Rajamouli has done 10 films , those were successful, but there is no scope for character roles in his movies. so she might have rejected keeping that in sense.

        Anonymous

        she was not hurt by rejecting the role . she was hurt by the comments made by rajamouli .

    Anonymous

    So unprofessional Director…..

      Anonymous

      So unprofessional Actress.

        Anonymous

        Fortunately not jobless like your idol!

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