Priya Prakash Varrier became an internet sensation overnight with her infectious wink in the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from her debut flick, Oru Adaar Love. The actress is now all set to make her Bollywood debut with the film, Sridevi Bungalow, directed by Prashanth Mambully. Ever since the release of its first teaser, the film has been caught in an abyss of a controversy as the movie is allegedly said to be based on the late actress, Sridevi's life.
Priya plays a lonely actress in the movie and the trailer has visual of her in a bathtub. Netizens did not miss the similarities in the plot to the life and death of veteran Bollywood actress Sridevi. Soon followed news that Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor had sent a legal notice to the filmmakers of the film, demanding that they remove the late actress’ name from the title and other resemblances to her life in the film.
However, Priya did clarify her stance after Boney Kapoor slammed a legal notice against the makers. Priya said during an interview with 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."
Talking about the objections raised by Boney Kapoor, director Prashanth 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 a coincidence that my movie tells the tale of an actress named Sridevi."
Sridevi Bungalow is currently in the work-in-progress stage and is expected to release in April.