Director Ram Gopal Varma has landed himself in the middle of another controversy, once again revealing his insatiable greed for publicity. The controversy unleashed by actor Sri Reddy has taken another turn. The actor had recently abused superstar and politician Pawan Kalyan. And now, she has apologised to him on Twitter. Pawan Kalyan had said that Sri Reddy should go to the police with her allegations rather than approach the media.
After facing much backlash for her abusive comment and offensive gesture against Pawan Kalyan, Sri Reddy has issued an apology. The actor wrote, “I apologize wholeheartedly to Pawan Kalyan’s mother. I didn’t do it deliberately, but what I did was definitely wrong, hence asking for an apology.”
It has now emerged that it was director Ram Gopal Varma who instigated Sri Reddy to abuse Pawan Kalyan. Reportedly, the director offered Rs 5 crore for abusing Pawan Kalyan.
After the revelation, Ram Gopal Varma admitted that it was he who had asked Sri Reddy to hurl abuses at Pawan Kalyan.
He released a video on Facebook, admitting to the accusation and asking for an apology.
“It was my idea to abuse Pawan Kalyan,” the director said, and went to justify it by linking it to dialogues from the Telugu hit Arjun Reddy. He claimed that the abuse words had been accepted when spoken by the male protagonist in the film but not when Sri Reddy said the same.
“It was my suggestion, hence I am to be blamed. It wasn’t Sri Reddy’s idea. If somebody has to apologise, it is me. Because… although I didn’t abuse Pawan Kalyan, I influenced Sri Reddy to do so,” the director said.
In his video, RGV went on to discuss Reddy and her protest, “I felt that she had a few demands that were reasonable and a few were unreasonable. I initially also felt that she was superficial. However, once she stripped in public in protest and started a conversation about the issue, I changed my mind and tried to contact her.”
He also added that if the actor wanted more attention for her cause, it would be better if she makes some controversial statements targeting a big star. He gave an explanation by giving the example of Mahesh Kathi, Telugu film critic, who received a lot of attention because of his criticism on Pawan Kalyan and his fans, previously.
“Nobody knew who Kathi Mahesh was, just because he made controversial statements against Pawan Kalyan, he got a lot of focus and attention,” he said.
The director also gave clarification on the Rs 5 crore offer. Shockingly, he said that the Rs 5 crore offer was to stop Sri Reddy from filing cases against producer Suresh Babu’s son Abhiram, as it would taint the image of Suresh Babu’s family.
“Though I know that Suresh Babu wouldn’t agree to this. I thought that someone from his family would give the money and stop Sri Reddy from further harming their family’s reputation,” he claimed. The director, however, clarified that Sri Reddy did not agree to the offer.
He said that though he offered such a big amount, Sri Reddy didn’t budge and that he was so moved by her determination that he wanted to help her. The “help” he offered was the idea to abuse a big star like Pawan Kalyan.
The filmmaker said as Suresh Babu is not ready to settle the matter, he decided to become an intermediary between the two parties. He told Reddy that he could get a big settlement for her from one of the members of the family, which would save them from embarrassment and leave her with a lot of money.
I was impressed by her conviction and determination.
However, Reddy said no to this. “No one today is ready to let go of so much money, not even rich people. I was impressed by her conviction and determination. So I told her that to gain attention she should have the guts to stand up to even the biggest of the stars and I gave her a few examples. For instance, Kathi Mahesh became popular because of his controversial statements about Pawan Kalyan. He might be right or wrong, but his statements got the attention of people,” he pointed out.
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