Sensational “wink girl” Priya Prakash Varrier allegedly launched herself into controversies as soon as her Bollywood debut movie, Sridevi Bungalow, launched its trailer. Carrying an uncanny resemblance to Sridevi‘s life and death, the teaser had shots of Priya in the bathtub, an incident similar to the way Sridevi passed away last year in a Dubai hotel.
The Kerala actress and the makers of the movie were slammed by Sridevi’s fans for insensitive representation of late Sridevi Boney Kapoor. After Boney Kapoor slammed a legal notice against the makers, asking them to change the movie title within 24 hours, Priya, who was in Mumbai for the launch of her movie, tried clarifying to a news organisation, “I don’t think it (Sridevi Bungalow) is inspired from anyone. It is a fictitious story. I liked the story during the narration itself.” According to her, the curiosity surrounding the trailer felt good and hence, she wanted to leave it to the audience to judge if the film is based on the veteran actress Sridevi.
Earlier, the director of the film, Prasanth Mambully, had confirmed about receiving a legal notice from Boney and said, “We received a legal notice from Mr Boney Kapoor last week. And we will face it. My film is a suspense thriller. I told him that Sridevi is a common name. My film’s character also happens to be an actress. We will face it”. Talking about the same, Mambully said, “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.”
Talking to Deccan Chronical about the one thing she liked in the story, Priya said “The story is based on a female superstar. And I was happy to get to play this role. The entire story focuses on the superstar. Obviously for me to get such a meaty role as my debut film …why would I say “No” to it.” Talking about the remaining parts of the shoot, Priya revealed that they shot for three-four days in London and would continue shooting by the end of this month tentatively given that most of the shoot would be completed in the scenic locations of London only.