Priya P Varrier, the 19-year-old college student from Kerala’s Thrissur became an internet sensation overnight when a short clip of her winking at a classmate in the video of a song from the Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love went viral.
Her Bollywood debut Sridevi Bungalow is making headlines even before its release these days. The film is being critiqued on the social media for intentionally using late actress Sridevi’s name for commercial gains. The trailer shows a lonely actress named ‘Sridevi’ who dies a tragic death in her bathtub. The ‘wink girl’ is playing the role of Sridevi in the film. After facing backlash on the social media, Priya Prakash Varrier finally broke her silence on Sridevi Bungalow controversy. She says that Sridevi is just the name of the character.
“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 to Times of India, Priya Prakash said.
In an admittedly distasteful teaser for the movie released a day ago, there are some clues pointing to the fact that the movie is inspired by the iconic Sridevi; the ending shot is literally that of Varrier drowning in a bathtub and is otherwise the story of a successful but inherently unhappy actress.
No wonder Sridevi’s husband, Kapoor has slapped the makers and director, Prasanth Mambully with a legal notice; the makers have accepted that they have received a warning from him and and will fight the case in the court. In his defence, Prasanth Mambully told Boney that Sridevi is a common name and Priya will be portraying the role of an actress who is called 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,” Prashanth told.