Ram Gopal Varma changed the title of his film from Saavitri to Sridevi and both Sridevi and Boney Kapoor took offence to it and slammed a legal notice to Ram Gopal Varma.
After being sent a legal notice by Sridevi, Ram Gopal Varma posted an explanation on his Facebook page, also writing that he would go ahead with the name Sridevi in the title.
Ram Gopal Varma made it very clear that the name of the film has nothing to do with his crush on the actress. Instead, it was given to the makers of the film by the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber.
Ram Gopal Varma also clarified that he had to change the title of his film from Saavitri to Sridevi because the producers were unable to acquire the rights to use the name Saavitri.
An answering notice from Ram Gopal Varma’s legal team makes it clear that the film’s title would not be changed. The poster of the film has already provoked outrage from women’s groups, after it was released earlier this month.
Sridevi, the film that is the pivot of the current controversy, is directed by Kiran Prasad and featured debutante Anushkriti Sharma in the lead.
This is what Ram Gopal Varma wrote on his Facebook post:
In the legal notice sent to me, there seems to be an apprehension that the film Sridevi is based on a crush I personally had for Sridevi in my college years. I, many times over the last five years expressed this publicly in both the media and also to her which was taken by all concerned in a humorous and healthy spirit. Now coming to the film Sridevi,the story is about a teenager’s infatuation towards a twenty five year old woman; a subject matter like this was earlier dealt with,in such films as Malena,Cinema paradiso, Summer of 42, Rajkapoor’s Mera Naam joker etc., to name just a few. But coming to the film Sridevi neither is the woman playing the title role in my film is an actress nor the boy is a director. Also there’s a huge age gap between the boy and woman in the film Sridevi which is not the case with me and the real Sridevi.
The title has been given to us by the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber which is the authorised body for such deeds. Moreover films with this same title Sridevi have been made and released at least three times in the last two decades. The Film chamber already sent a reply saying that they are well within their rights to grant the title to us. The film was earlier titled Saavitri but we changed it not for reasons of the protests as some sections of the media are falsely reporting.
The reason for the change in title is due to a miscommunication on the production part they went ahead with the title without acquiring it from the previous right holder of the title, when the previous title holder refused to give the title we changed it to Sridevi.
After the producer got the title he went ahead with the printing of standees and hoardings with the new title. When Mr.Boney Kapoor called me I explained to him both orally and in a msg which I have also given to the press with regard to clearing the speculations on the so called controversial content of the subject. I am deeply hurt by this action of Sridevi whom I always admired and respected and I strongly believe that she was influenced by others with vested interests.
I am going ahead with the title Sridevi because I am well within my legal and moral rights to use it..legal because a name cannot be copyrighted and also like I said the film has nothing to do with the real Sridevi to the extent that the protoganist is not even an actress moral because I know in my heart that I will never do anything to degrade or demean Sridevi and the final outcome of the film will prove that.
Finally Ram Gopal Varma, has taken a stand and is not planning to change the title of his film Sridevi. Ram Gopal Varma changed the title of his fi...2.5