I don’t remember the last time I saw director Ram Gopal Varma making it to the headlines for all the right reasons. From the array of his recent releases to his various tiffs with several B-towners (the list includes Karan Johar, Sanjay Dutt and many others) – RGV always seems to be getting on everyone’s wrong side. So it comes as no shocker that he has managed to rub someone the wrong way yet again. This time it’s one of the most celebrated heroines of Bollywood, Sridevi.
The actress, who’s usually seen at her composed best, recently lost her cool thanks to RGV. The filmmaker has professed his admiration for Sridevi several times in the past, but now, he’s gone as far as to change the title of his movie from Savitri to Sridevi. Naturally, Sridevi and her husband Boney Kapoor were irked by this event, especially since RGV apparently refused to give them any explanation when the couple contacted him.
That’s when they sent him a legal notice, giving him three days to comply to all their conditions. The conditions are – an unconditional apology, change in film’s title and an assurance that they won’t use her images, likeness, persona or other attributes in the film. In response to the notice, RGV has now dished out the following letter on a social networking website.
“In the legal notice sent to me, there seems to be an apprehension that the film “Sridevi” is based on a crush I personally had for Sridevi in my college years.. I, many times over the last 5 years expressed this publicly in both the media and also to her which was taken by all concerned in a humorous and healthy spirit.
Now coming to the film “Sridevi”, the story is about a teenager’s infatuation towards a 25 year old woman… a subject matter like this was earlier dealt with, in such films as Malena, Cinema Paradiso, Summer of 42, Rajkapoor’s Mera Naam Joker etc, to name just a few… But coming to the film “Sridevi”, neither is the woman playing the title role in my film is an actress nor the boy is a director.. Also, there’s a huge age gap between the boy and woman in the film “Sridevi”, which is not the case with me and the real Sridevi.
The title has been given to us by the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber which is the authorised body for such deeds..moreover films with this same title “Sridevi “have been made and released atleast 3 times in the last two decades …The Film chamber already sent a reply saying that they are well within their rights to grant the title to us.
The film was earlier titled “Saavitri” but we changed it not for reasons of the protests as some sections of the media are falsely reporting ..The reason for the change in title is due to a miscommunication on the production part they went ahead with the title without acquiring it from the previous right holder of the title…when the previous title holder refused to give the title we changed it to “Sridevi”.After the producer got the title he went ahead with the printing of standees and hoardings with the new title..When Mr.Boney kapoor called me I explained to him both orally and in a msg which I have also given to the press with regard to clearing the speculations on the so called controversial content of the subject…
I am deeply hurt by this action of Sridevi whom I always admired and respected and I strongly believe that she was influenced by others with vested interests..I am going ahead with the title “Sridevi” because I am well within my legal and moral rights to use it..legal because a name cannot be copyrighted and also like I said the film has nothing to do with the real Sridevi to the extent that the protoganist is not even an actress…moral because I know in my heart that I will never do anything to degrade or demean Sridevi and the final outcome of the film will prove that…”
Ram Gopal Varma
We wonder how Sridevi is going to respond to this!
So guys and girls, do you think RGV is at fault by titling his film ‘Sridevi‘?