Baahubali director SS Rajamouli says he regrets divulging Sridevi's remuneration demands publicly
It was earlier reported that the makers of SS Rajamouli's war epic franchise Baahubali opted for Ramya Krishnan to play the role of Sivagami after their initial choice Sridevi allegedly demanded a high remuneration of Rs 8 crore.
Indiatimes quotes Rajamouli as saying, "Sridevi asked for 8 crores. Apart from that, she wants five business class tickets whenever she has to fly to Hyderabad and fly back. And five business suites should be booked at the biggest hotel in Hyderabad for her entourage during their stay. She even wanted a share in Hindi version of the film."
While the actor chose to remain silent initially, she struck during her promotions of Ravi Udyawar's recently released thriller MOM in Hyderabad. The same report quotes her as saying, "No filmmaker has the right to reveal the remuneration of an artiste on a public platform. Not only Baahubali, I have rejected several hit films in the past few years for my own reasons. No maker of those films has ever spoken about my rejecting their film on a public platform."
"I was shocked and hurt by his interview. Rajamouli is a calm and dignified person. I was very happy to (have got a chance to) work with him. But, the way he spoke about the issue made me feel very sad. 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," the same report quotes her as saying.
Now, Rajamouli chose to respond to Sridevi. DNA quotes him as saying, "As for whose version to believe, I guess it is for people to decide. But one thing is for sure. I shouldn’t have discussed the details on a public platform. That’s a mistake. And I regret it.”
Now that this controversy is a thing of the past, ardent fans of both Rajamouli and Sridevi eagerly await their collaboration, of Baahubali proportions.