Priya Prakash Varrier who became an internet sensation for her wink and eyebrow game is back in the news after the trailer of her debut Bollywood film Sridevi Bungalow released.
The trailer shows, Priya plays a lonely actress. The trailer concludes with the death of the actress in a bathtub that appears to be quite similar to Sridevi’s death due to accidental drowning last year.
Post this, Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor has sent a legal notice to the team of the film.
Priya, however, has said that the film had no relation to Sridevi and that only her character was named after her. She told The Times of India, “Sridevi is just the name of my character in the movie. Who would want to create such controversies? I think the curiosity surrounding the trailer is good and we have to leave it to the audience to judge if the film is based on the veteran actress Sridevi ma’am.”
Director Prashant Mambully, too, has defended the film saying “In the notice, Boney Kapoor has raised a few objections against our film including the usage of the name and doing a biopic of the actress. He wanted us to alter the name of our movie within 24 hours. We sent him a reply explaining that Sridevi was a common name and there was no logic in objecting to it. It is just coincidence that my movie tells the tale of an actress named Sridevi.”
“Like Priya said, we would like to leave it to the audience to decide. The film is a crime-thriller and it is important to maintain the suspense of the story. I cannot walk around and reveal the plot to all. I am a hardcore fan of actress Sridevi and I respect and admire her a lot. But just because she died in a bath tub doesn’t mean nobody else won’t. Allow us to release the movie and let the people decide,” he added further.
“I am ready to face it as I am very well aware that a biopic cannot be made without permission. It is a story that came to my mind about an actress named Sridevi and certain situations that she faces in London,” he reveals.
Written and directed by Malayalam director Prasanth Mambully, the film is slated to release in April.