There are two Rajamoulis there. The one before and the one after Baahubali. Before Baahubali, SS Rajamouli was one of the many successful Telugu directors. After Baahubali, he became India’s most successful filmmaker.
When Rajamouli had signed Prabhas, he was asked why sign an actor who (at that time) was not known outside of Andhra, for such a big project. “It’s an old commitment. Baahubali should only be done with Prabhas, ”Raja replied firmly.
He was also very keen to have Sridevi on board as Queen Mother, the role that ultimately went to Ramya Krishnan. Boney Kapoor apparently cited an award on behalf of his wife who sent Rajamouli tottering and stumbling past Ramya Krishnan’s door. In an unguarded moment, Rajamouli revealed in an interview that Sridevi had too many demands, financial and otherwise, and therefore was not part of Baahubali.
Reacting strongly to this, Sridevi had said, “First of all, I can’t believe he (Rajamouli) would speak like that. Second, I’m not the type to make requests. What happened with Baahubali belongs to the past. Why are we talking about it now? There are so many roles that I have turned down in the past. I think it’s very rude to talk about the movies you don’t make.
When I contacted Rajamouli, he did not deny having said what he had done about Sridevi’s non-presence in Baahubali. But he regretted talking about it in public. “As for who to believe, I guess it’s up to people to decide who to believe. But one thing is certain. I shouldn’t have discussed the details on a public platform. It is a mistake. And I regret it.
The fight now appears to have resurfaced with Rajamouli announcing a release from Dussehra for his RRR alongside Boney Kapoor Maidaan.
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