Successful hero Sharwanand has publicly confessed about how bad he had felt for rejecting 'Arjun Reddy' when the director first approached him. Having witnessed how bold the heroine's character in the film was, we can easily presume several actresses might have turned it down too. Here is one such actress who now rues for rejecting the film as she was hesitant about doing the several lip-locks in the film.
South actress Parvatii Nair, who has predominantly acted in Tamil and Malayalam films, has in a recent interview revealed that she was approached for "Arjun Reddy". Talking about the missed opportunity, the 'Uttama Villain' actress said that she had rejected Arjun Reddy because of the intimate scenes and lip-locks.
She added that it seemed a simple and very ordinary love story when Sandeep had narrated to her, and so feeling unsure of a debut director's vision and also doing the intimate scenes, she turned down the role which made debutante Shalini Pandey an overnight star.
"But, when I saw the film in a theatre, I felt so bad and unfortunate for missing it. One must give full credit to director Sandeep for converting a simple love story into a genuinely impactful film. The presentation was so well that I just fell in love with the film," Parvatii reportedly revealed.
Besides 'Arjun Reddy', Parvatii also rejected 'Aruvi', which was the finest Tamil film of 2017.
The film takes a jibe at Lakshmy's 'Solvathellam Unmai' and also has a dialogue - "A good film Vijay has acted in? Which one is that?"
Tamil film Aruvi has opened to rave reviews and great word of mouth. However, not everyone is happy.
Actor, director and TV show host Lakshmy Ramakrishnan has taken umbrage to the film since it takes a jibe at her show Solvathellam Unmai. The film has actor Lakshmi Gopalaswamy playing a TV show host for a programme called Solvathellam Sathyam. The host is shown to be insensitive and hypocritical.
Lakshmy Ramakrishnan took to Twitter to express her displeasure about how the film allegedly portrays her and the TV show. She asked if the director or anyone from his family had appeared on Solvathellam Unmai to know so much about the show.
In the film, Aruvi is a HIV positive person who is mistreated by the TV show host. Lakshmy tweeted that many such persons had participated on the show, suggesting that they were treated with respect and not how the film had portrayed it. She also said that Aruvi was a "feminist film made by cheap & personal attacks on another woman."
She further said that while Slumdog Millionaire had based a part of the film on Amitabh Bachchan's game show, people were not made to think that this was how the show runs. She also challenged the makers of the film to face her on camera and answer her queries.
Lakshmy asserted that she was doing her work with social responsibility and that it was wrong to "belittle and demean" her for it.
This is not for the first time that Lakshmy has been upset at how the show has been represented on screen. The RJ Balaji-GV Prakash film Kadavul Irukan Kumaru also mocked Solvathellam Unmai, angering the actor-director.
Meanwhile, Aruvi has also drawn flak from Vijay fans for a scene that mocks the actor's films – the dialogue, "A good film that Vijay has acted in? Which one is that?" has irked some of them who've claimed that it was unnecessary for the film to take such a potshot at their star.
They have alleged that Aruvi is a copy of an Egyptian film Asmaa while others have said it is not so.
The producer of the film, SR Prabhu of Dream Warrior Pictures, tweeted that Aruvi was made purely to promote love and humanity and that the film had no intention of offending anyone. "Nevertheless, we apologise if we have hurt anyone," he said.
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