For the very first time in his career Shivarajkumar has been accused of not returning the advance amount which he had received for the film Varada. The film’s producer Soorappa Babu who had given an advance amount of 20 lakhs to Shivarajkumar has filed a complaint against the actor with the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. To add more fuel to it, a video was leaked on the Internet which showed Babu making ill remarks against veteran actor Late Toogudeepa Srinivas. There was a rumour that Shivarajkumar was behind all this and he leaked the video through his fans. What does Shivarajkumar has to say all about this? Here are some excerpts from an interview with him.
What’s all this issue about you not returning the advance amount back to Babu?
I have been in the industry for the past 26 years and none of the producers who worked with me or wanted to work with me have had any monetary issues with me. Of the 100 films I have done, I have more than 20 cheques given to me by producers which have bounced. Many producers have to pay me money which is worth crores. But I have never complained against them and I am still in touch with them. Producer Prabhakar of Anna Thangi gave me an advance in 1998 but we couldn’t do a film because of some problems. I’ve always reminded him that I have his advance and urged him to start the film. But he never complained about it. Finally we did Anna Thangi together only in 2005. There are many producers like him who never bothered. But Babu has unnecessarily blamed me. I know how to live even without films. I don’t need his money to live. I never go to producer’s house and ask for films.
There is a rumour that your fans leaked a video of Soorappa Babu on the net?
That’s silly. My fans don’t do such cheap work. I don’t have to leak anybody’s video through my fans. Let Babu come to me and say that I am involved in that episode.
Then, do you have any idea about who could have done that?
I swear on my parents, I don’t know anything about that. I am not technically literate and I don’t know anything about networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Frankly speaking, I don’t have the patience to send messages to anybody. When somebody messages me, I directly call them instead of sending a reply.
What do you think is the reason behind all this?
I was against dubbing other language films to Kannada. People who support the dubbing culture were against me and I think they are behind all this. If not, why would I have to face all this after 26 years?
Meanwhile, Toogudeepa Srinivas’s name was also badly hit by all these controversies.
It was not right of Babu to talk about Toogudeepa Srinivas, that too in an intoxicated state. I am a great admirer of Srinivas’s performance and I had expressed my love for the great actor in front of my father Dr Rajkumar. I was upset when I had heard that Babu had made such remarks about the fine actor.
Will you return the advance amount to Babu, if he comes back to you?
First let him come clean in the Toogudeepa Srinivas episode. The fans of the actor are asking an apology. Let Babu clear all those things and come to me. I will talk to him later.