While Rajinikanth's Kuselan (Kathanayukudu in Telugu), released on August 1, gets a lukewarm response from Rajini's diehard fans and critics, Meena, who played a significant role opposite Pasupathy in the film, has reportedly said that she is unhappy about the treatment given to her by the highly-respected team of Kuselan.
Although Meena is the heroine, she was missing from most of the film's publicity material, which concentrated on Superstar's persona and the glamour quotient Nayantara. She knew that she might be overshadowed in a big banner like Kuselan, since it was a Rajini film and banked on his popularity. "But, as regard to the other actors in the film, there"s something called equality, isn"t there?" Meena questions.
Meena said she got a big shock on the very day the film was released. "I was shooting in Hyderabad when some friends who saw the movie called me. Though I am the heroine in the film, my name came after Nayantara's in title card. They didn't have to put me down so badly!" the actress said, adding that it's awkward to face any queries relating to the film from friends or people in the industry.
"When they quiz me about the treatment of my role, I have no answers for them. It's all right if I had been indifferent from the beginning, but I was assured that my role would be satisfactory even before the project commenced. I did not expect to be treated like this from a highly-respected team," she flared.
Meena also recalled that some emotional scenes in which she performed well were not used. "Pasupathy and I had three children in the film - two girls and a boy. In this particular scene, the boy (who is dark-skinned like his father) asks me why he is dark. It was a touching scene and came out very well... everyone on the sets applauded it. I was surprised that it was not used in the final version that made it to the theatres," she added.
Meena was, however, all praise for Rajinikanth and the way he has remained the same since Anbulla Rajinikanth. "He has changed little since then," she said.