Baahubali has proved that gone are those days when only the roles of lead actors are important, the way he characterized the actors indicate the necessity of giving the individual space to every role. It must be mentioned that the depiction of Prabhas as Baahubali & Sivudu, Anushka as Devasena, Ramya Krishan as Rajamata Sivagami and Sathya Raj as Kattappa is nerve gripping, the actors were soundly in intensifying the layers of the characters.
Despite the visual effects, storyline and action sequences, the director must be praised for picking up so many elegant actors for the movie.
Amidst all those prominent roles the character of Sivagami was so intense that she simply stole the show with that gutsy gait and gallant voice. Post the movie, the actress was widely appreciated for her amazing performance, now viewers can’t imagine any other actor playing that role.
But, surprisingly, Ramya Krishnan was not the only actor asked to play the role, the popular veteran actress Sridevi was approached earlier, the vacancy then gave an opportunity to Ramya Krishnan.
“We respect Srideviji a lot. And yes, she was the first choice for Sivagami. This was very early in the project” an earlier source has stated.
“When we approached her, her husband, Boney Kapoor, quoted a staggering fee. Plus, he wanted a share of the Baahubali profits. We dropped the idea immediately, though we were very keen on casting Srideviji. Later, we came to know she did a Tamil film (Puli), where she was given the fee that her husband wanted”, it added.
However, almost two months after this, Sridevi has finally opened up on the issue in a bid to clear the clouds:
“I have avoided talking about it for a long time. But, once and for all, I want to clear the air. There are rumors that I asked about Rs 10 crore for the role, including an entire floor in a hotel and 10 flight tickets etc” she said.
“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? People in the industry would have sent me packing if I was like that. But, when you hear such things about yourself, you really get hurt. I don’t know if the producer wrongly told Rajamouli that I made all these demands or there could have been some miscommunication. I think it is not in good taste to speak on a public platform like this” added the 53-Year-Old actress.
“I never took anything about this matter to the heart. But, 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 concluded.
What actually had happened is, however, an enigmatic thing, but, whatever it is, we expect a response from SS Rajamouli.
Talking about Ramya Krishnan’s performance? Be it Rajamouli’s efforts or the actress’ in-depth journey into the fictional character, no one can take their eyes off the screen while the valiant Sivagami passes orders. We cannot assume the scales of acting by both the actresses as Ramya Krishnan has left no stone unturned in bringing the ultimate momentum on the screen