Boney Kapoor sends legal notice to makers of Priya Prakash Varrier's Sridevi Bungalow
The film's trailer has sparked controversy for mirroring the circumstances of Sridevi's death in Dubai last year
Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor has sent a legal notice to the makers of Malayalam actor Priya Prakash Varrier’s debut Bollywood film, Sridevi Bungalow. In the trailer of the film, which was released on Sunday, Priya is seen portraying a lonely female actor who meets her demise in a bathtub. The trailer has sparked controversy for mirroring the circumstances of Sridevi’s death in a Dubai hotel room in February last year.
The makers of Sridevi Bungalow, however, have refused to accept or deny if the life is based on real events.
"Sridevi is a proud name for all Indians. Even I am a fan of Sridevi. My film is a suspense thriller where Priya Prakash Varrier is playing a character named Sridevi. That is all I can reveal about the story right now. I would request everyone to watch the film to find out if it is based on real events or not,” says director Prasanth Mambully.
Talking about the legal notice sent by Boney Kapoor, Prasanth says, “We received a legal notice from Boney Kapoor two weeks back. In the letter, he asked us to not use Sridevi's name anywhere in the film. Our reply to him was that Sridevi is a common name across India and that's why we have used it. There has been no further communication. I will face whatever controversy that comes my way regarding this film.”
Sridevi Bungalow is produced by MN Pimple, Chandrasekhar SK and Roman Gilbert of Aarat Entertainment and co-produced by Rajan Gupta and Manish Nair.