So with all the media talking about why Sri rejected the film due to disagreement about the fees is just a normal thing. It happens a lot everywhere in Bollywood, South Indian industry or even Hollywood. What is most important that Sridevi never talked about it, she never said she was offered and rejected the film due to any reason. This is how it is done professionally. The veteran actress knows that the role went to someone else and it is not appropriate to talk about a role she has not done. This was Sri’s policy not from now but right from the early days in her career. This lady is all respect and dignity. She respects her colleagues and she deserves to be respected for that.
The Times of India has made an interview lately with the director of Baahubali and he has spoken in a so unprofessional tone saying the most absurd things! Yes, there are unprofessionalism in the industry but to go to that low level is just too much and specially when this comes from a director of a film. It seems the success of his latest film has inflated the head of this director like a balloon so much that he forgot who he is. So we think it is time to pop up his balloonic head and remind him of who he is.
Here is what he said:
“We were lucky that Sridevi rejected our offer to play Sivagami's role in 'Baahubali: 2”
"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 fantastic and we now feel, we were lucky that we dropped the idea of having Sridevi in our film."
Our Reply to him:
First: It seems the director is still having a grudge that Sridevi rejected his offer. It is obviously more than just a disappointment. I’m sure you can already feel the anger in his words. Now he even claims that he was inclined more to cast Ramaya. Man, get over it. Sridevi rejected your offer, end of story, stop being a crybaby. You were lucky? Hell no, we Sri fans are the lucky ones. If Sridevi wants to do these kind of films that has no scope or substance she should demand at least 10 crore for it in addition to a percentage from the box office collections. Why we are saying this? Because we do NOT want Sridevi to take these kind of projects. She was not meant to be a side role in insignificant films. Just because the film is a big hit that does not mean your film Mr. Rajamouli is a good one.
Second: Why would Sridevi lower her price and demands for you? Who are you? What is your body of work? You are a new director who made only 12 films or so. Your past work is not significant and has less value than a D grade Hollywood Indie director. So why would Sri take the risk with you and the small part you offered her? It is not that you offered her the main role or anything huge to make such compromises. Plus you are not the first person Sri rejects to work with. Who are you compared to Gulzar, Yash Chopra or Steven Spielberg? Are you even 10% of what these big names are? Nope, I don’t think so. Sridevi was offered films by these big directors and rejected them. Sri has rejected Yash Chopra’s last dream project 5 times, but did he go on the press to unprofessionally say things like you have said? No. She even rejected every film he offered her after Lamhe. Still the man was a gentleman and even appeared in Sri’s comeback film premiere. Just learn something because with this kind of behaviour you are not going to last. Don’t be arrogant.
Third: If you were looking for someone CHEAP why would you go to Sridevi? Yes, Sridevi is a pan Indian star that has a universal appeal in both south and north in the same degree (She is still the only one who has this position) but she is NOT cheap. Sri was never cheap. From the 1980s Sridevi was the highest paid star after Amitabh Bachchan and she continued to be the highest until 1997 when she stopped signing films. She is the first Female star whose fees touched the 1 crore at times when many big names were charging in lakhs so why would she lower her fees for you? If you wanted a cheaper option you should have looked somewhere else.
This is what late Yash Chopra said about her. Read it Rajamouli and learn a little:
“Putting her in a five star hotel, paying for air fare and other expenses is a package deal when you sign Sridevi. There is nothing surprising about it. Filmmakers know she's worth every penny they pay her, that is why they sign her.” Yash Chopra (Star & Style, July, 1991)
Fourth: Why do you say you were lucky? Because Sridevi’s presence might have reduced what you have earned? Your fees and your percentage? We think that is why you think you were lucky. It is all about greed. While he himself earned about 28 crore plus a percentage of the revenues poor Ramaya might have been paid less than 2 crores!! Do you see guys why now he says they were lucky? It is all about greed. It is all about HIMSELF!
It is a well known fact that in every film industry nowadays stars in addition to their fees they get a percentage of revenues, because people go to see the stars but for this film a director with hardly any body of work has done a trick and secured himself a huge salary on the expense of the other stars of the film. Thank god Sridevi was not a part of this bullshit.
Fifth: Let us remind Rajamouli that you were not lucky that you DROPPED the idea of having Sridevi, but she has rejected your offer (which obviously left you in a bad taste). You in this particular interview have said it yourself that she rejected your offer so keep that in mind.
Sixth: Please stay away from Sridevi. Your films and film making style do not have any appeal to most Sridevi fans. So look for other actors who will be ready to take pennies while you eat their salary portions alone. We are not interested. If Sridevi's name was not brought into all this we would have no idea that you even existed! Just zip your mouth from now on and be professional.