Sridevi breaks silence on rejecting Sivagami role in Baahubali: ‘What’s the point in talking about it’

Following the tremendous success of SS Rajamouli's Baahubali 2, everyone including controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma wondered as to why Sridevi rejected Sivagami role? Bollywood actor finally spoke about it, while promoting her upcoming film MOM.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 9, 2017 11:51 am
Ramya Krishnan was not the first choice for Baahubali’s Sivagami

Bollywood actor Sridevi has been making headlines after director SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion became a smash hit at the worldwide box office. It is because she was the first actor who was offered the iconic Sivagami role in the film. She rather chose another queen’s role in a Tamil period drama, Puli, that turned out to be a box office disaster. After she declined to sign on the dotted lines, the role went to Ramya Krishnan and the rest is history.

Following the tremendous success of Baahubali 2, everyone including controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma wondered as to why she rejected such an important role? The media reports suggested that Sridevi turned down the part because the filmmakers were not ready to meet her demands of a high remuneration.

Sridevi has avoided addressing this question for a long time. However, recently, during the promotion of her upcoming film MOM, she broke her silence on the question. When she was probed as to why she turned down the film, she said, “Another actor played that role and both versions of the films were released and became a hit. Now, what’s the point in talking about it?” she asked. Well, maybe she has a point. Baahubali became the biggest ever film franchise for Indian cinema and we loved all the performances of the actors in the film. Now that all the stars have moved on and started working on their other projects, it is time to put this question behind.

Baahubali released in April this year shattering all box office records set by previous blockbusters in India and is still going strong in its 6th week. The film is fast racing towards Rs 1,700 crore at the worldwide box office even as it is yet to release in China.

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    rajesh
    Aug 29, 2017 at 10:48 am
    offers come and go Sridevi will rise up and star in other movies. but the fact that Sridevi is considered for character roles while her arch rival in Bollywood Madhuri is nowhere around shows that Sridevi is the real star , and the last superstar heroine in the Indian cinema . No actress has ever achieved what she achieved
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      Raj
      Jun 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm
      Those those who still think Sridevi wouldn't be able to do justice for the role of Sivagami either needs to get their eyes checked up or brain scanned. Behind what appears to be softly spoken media shy Sridevi, is a master of her craft who would have infused royalty, cl and sub-layers of expression in Baahubali. Not like Ramya who managed to give only 1 single expression throughout the entire movie, which is to open her dracula eyes wide open and scream her throat out in the entire movie. Anyway i am glad Sridevi rejected the role, because her fans wouldn't have wanted to see her in a small character role, same way as Amitabh, Mamothy or Rajni Sir fans wouldn't have wanted them to see in Kattapa's role.
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        axeman
        Jun 10, 2017 at 12:06 pm
        it would have been like ..."M M M Mera vachha..vachaan hi hi ..sa sa.sa shanshan hai"
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          Sushmi
          Jun 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm
          Sridevi now looks haggard and well suited old age role. It's good that she was not given the role. Film could have been a disaster
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            axeman
            Jun 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm
            Agree. Voice has become so weak. She could not have done justice to such a powerful role
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            Raj
            Jun 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm
            Rajamouli didn't liked the fact that the "Hero" Sridevi showed her middle finger to him and the entire movie industry who're extremely biased towards equal pay between male and female actress. It hurted his male ego and went on public as a "cry baby" to thrash her image, which is extremely unprofessional of Rajamouli. Sridevi has always been a trendsetter, the ONLY actress to challenge Mr. Amitabh Bacchaan at his own peak. & even at the age of 54 when all her male co-stars had either retired with flops, or restricted on playing supporting roles of father and g -father, Sri is still playing the male centric lead role (as the HERO) with blockbuster success in English Vinglish and now in #Mom.
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