'SS Rajamouli Insulted Me When He Approached With A Role In Prabhas' Baahubali....': Veteran Actress Kanchana

SS Rajamouli supposedly approached Kanchana with a role in Baahubali. However, when she asked for a remuneration of Rs 5 Lakh, he was taken aback, said Kanchana.

Veteran actress Kanchana, who was a sensation in the south-Indian film industries since the 1960s has hit the news again by making a few remarks about RRR's director SS Rajamouli, who was instrumental in bringing down the country's first-ever Oscar Award for 'Naatu Naatu', under the 'Best Original Song' category.

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Kanchana, who recently participated in the temple consecration program at Chennai spoke to Youtube channels at length about the hardships she faced. From the time being a female artist to the obstructions to the temple's construction, she recollected several remarkable times of her life and career.

Recalling an incident that made her feel belittled, Kanchana said that she was approached by the makers of Baahubali for a small role in the movie several years ago. A video of her supposedly speaking about ace director Rajamouli has gone viral.

Indirectly referring to the movie's director SS Rajamouli, Kanchana said, "You have asked me for a role in Baahubali. You have hesitated to pay what I asked. It is not a big amount for you. If you give to artists like me we can make the best use of the resources and help several others. Sorry for taking advantage but this is a fact. Even at 84, I am doing fine. I asked five lakh rupees for a two-day shoot but I was told that I was asking a big amount. They wanted me to act as the heroine alongside the old self of the film's hero. Don't take me wrong, I am not criticizing anyone. I am telling about the suffering of the artists. Kindly consider. If you can, we can do our best. There are many veteran artists who are still able to act."

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Baahubali: The Beginning was made with a budget of nearly Rs. 200 crores and was released in 2015. SS Rajamouli supposedly approached Kanchana with a role in Baahubali. However, when she asked for a remuneration of Rs 5 Lakh, he was taken aback, said Kanchana.

Kanchana is born Vasundhara Devi and is 83 years old. She was recently in Vijay Deverakonda's Arjun Reddy (2017) in Telugu after a long gap in her film career. She acted in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi films alongside top heroes. She hit headlines recently after she fulfilled her long-time dream of constructing a temple on her property worth crores of rupees in a prime location in Chennai came true.

She is unmarried and lives happily in her residence in Hyderabad. Kanchana, who stopped doing films after 1988, last making her appearance in 'Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam' made a comeback to the silver screen in 2017 with Vijay Deverkonda's 'Arjun Reddy.'

The former actress who co-owns the land with her sister Girija Pandey donated it to TTD decades ago and finally, the temple of goddess Padmavathi was inaugurated, in T. Nagar on March 17. There was a 25-year-long legal battle before the decks for the temple construction were cleared during the COVID pandemic.


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