Ramya Kr­ish­nan was des­tined to play Si­vagami: Mad­hoo

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee ■ shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Roja ac­tor Mad­hoo (far right) is all praise for Ramya Kr­ish­nan, (right) and her role as Si­vagami Devi, in SS Ra­jamouli’s film Baahubali. “She is a stu­pen­dous ac­tor. Her work is proof of that, and I’m not say­ing this be­cause Ramya is a close friend of mine,” says Mad­hoo.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, there were many choices for the role of Si­vagami, in­clud­ing Sridevi, who the mak­ers had to drop ow­ing to her “starry de­mands.” How­ever, Mad­hoo says it usu­ally hap­pens that a role is of­fered to sev­eral ac­tors, and a few refuse it while oth­ers get re­jected, but at the end what mat­ters is who fi­nally por­trays the role on screen. “The role of Si­vagami might have been of­fered to 10 other peo­ple, but that’s not im­por­tant. I think the movie had to go to Ramya,” says Mad­hoo. “She was des­tined to play Si­vagami. When I was mak­ing my de­but with Phool Aur Kante (1991), I was told that some other ac­tor was sup­posed to play the part. But at the end, I played the role and the film was a hit,” she adds.

Mad­hoo is now all set to make her small screen de­but, where she will play the role of a queen. There were sto­ries do­ing rounds that her role on the TV show is sim­i­lar to that of Si­vagami. About this, Mad­hoo says, “When I heard the news, I called up Ramya and we had a good laugh. It feels good when such things hap­pen—your role gets com­pared to an­other char­ac­ter that is be­ing played by a close friend. But there is no sim­i­lar­ity be­tween the char­ac­ters.”

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