Lately, there has been a lot talk about Sridevi being the first choice for the role of Sivagami in Baahubali!
Sources very close to the Baahubali team are extremely miffed by this non-casting news being leaked into the press.
A known source from the sets of Baahubali reveals, “We respect Srideviji a lot. And yes, she was the first choice for Sivagami. This was very early in the project. But 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.”
The source, however, is glad that Ramya Krishna played the part. “We can’t imagine anyone else playing Sivagami. And we feel that it is in very bad taste for an actor to talk about a role that he or she did not do. By doing so, the actor who did the role is belittled.”