Sridevi has no issues about opting out of Baahubali
Veteran actress Sridevi is currently busy with the promotions of her upcoming movie Mom, which she is also producing. During a recent interaction with medias, she was quizzed about her reaction towards losing out on Baahubali and what she feels about director Rajamouli’s remarks on her.
Sridevi chose to skip the question but upon insistence, she said, “Both the parts of the picture has been released and has become successful. Now there is nothing to talk about it.”
It is a known fact that SS Rajamouli had initally approached Sridevi to play the pivotal role of Sivagami in Baahubali. However, Sridevi had quoted a hefty sum as remuneration. She had also made some unreasonable demands including booking an entire floor in a five-star hotel and business class tickets from Mumbai to Hyderabad everytime she flied down for shooting. The actress even demanded a share from the Hindi version of Baahubali. The makers of Baahubali could not accept her demands and eventually approached Ramya Krishnan for the role.
In a recent interview, SS Rajamouli said that they were fortunate that Sridevi opted out of the franchise.
He is quoted saying, “After hearing a series of wishes from Sridevi, we 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. The movie wouldn’t have been like that had if she has done Sivagami’s role. Sridevi is known for subtle performances and she doesn’t have a powerful voice. Whereas, Ramya Krishnan has a terrific screen presence, voice and is capable of delivering a power packed performance.”
Sridevi’s upcoming movie Mom is releasing in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam on July 7. The movie, directed by Ravi Udayawar is also the 300th film of Sridevi. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and Abhimanyu Singh will also be seen in prominent roles.