Sridevi was a gem in our industry. Not only Bollywood, but it shone even in the southern industry. The actress was known for her beauty, her talent and her wit. Although she is no longer, her films are still etched in our memories. Everyone knew about his connection to Rajinikanth, but did you know? there was a time when the English French was the actress paid more than him?
Yes! You heard that right, and the actress herself confessed to this on Prakash Raj’s talk show “Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi”. In a rare chatty moment, she recounted her experience on the sets of the film Moondru Mudichu, her first film as a heroine.
According to information in The News Minute, Sridevi revealed that his salary for working in the 1976 Tamil film was Rs. 5000. The film was directed by K Balachander. And if that doesn’t surprise you, his film co-stars, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth, were paid Rs 30,000 and Rs 2,000 respectively.
Sridevi revealed that Kamal Haasan was already an established player by this time as she and Rajini were relatively new to the industry.
“Rajini was very close to my mother. He was like a son. When we all talked, Rajini asked how he could become a big star like Kamal. My mother said, you will definitely become like this. Rajini wanted to earn 30,000 rupees, ”she laughed.
Sridevi explained how nervous she was during the iconic picnic scene where Kamal falls into a lake and Rajini refuses to help her. “Instead of saying ‘Poitare Poitare’ I started shouting ‘Pootare Pootare’ (colloquial usage). Kamal sir clung to the boat and laughed so much that the boat was shaking. And then director Balachander was screaming and asking why the boat was shaking, ”she remembers cheerfully.
The actress further praised her colleague and said, “He is very humble, very kind-hearted. He always wants to help others. He doesn’t like when someone is in trouble. He wants everyone to be happy. He’s a good and very talented man, “she said.” During the shoots he will keep disappearing. And when we look for him, Balachander will say, ‘Go find one mirror, it will be there, “” she added.
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