Speaking to a popular media outlet recently, Sriya opened up about the film and more importantly, how she was coaxed by Neel to come on board.
Former video jockey and well-known actress Sriya Reddy is all set to make a comeback, of sorts, to the silver screen with Prashanth Neel's Salaar. The actress will be seen in a prominent role that, in all likelihood, will be on par with Prabhas and Prithviraj Sukumaran's characters in terms of significance and screen presence. However, quite fascinatingly, Sriya wasn't all that keen on taking on the role when Prashanth Neel pitched her the character many moons ago.
Speaking to a popular media outlet recently, Sriya opened up about the film and more importantly, how she was coaxed by Neel to come on board. The role in Salaar, she says, came to her at a point when she was 'not interested in doing films again' and was instead happy indulging in travelling and other things. In fact, she says in the same interview, she was having a merry time at a chocolate factory in Switzerland when Prashanth Neel called her about the film and her character. Her response to that is what some might describe as 'gold'.
"A lot of people had informed me before that about the KGF director wanting to speak to me but I was slightly reluctant because I didn't want to do a small role in a massive film. I had declined the offer a bunch of times already, until he messaged me himself. I hadn't watched KGF 1 or 2 at that point and like I said, I didn't want to continue acting in films. I told Prashanth, "I don't think I am interested". And when he asked me why I was turning it down, I told him that I didn't think I would have much to do among all the big names he had cast. I said I want equal screen space as everybody in the film," said Sriya Reddy in the same interview.
Prashanth Neel, apparently, would ask for six months' time so that he could rewrite the script, insisting that Sriya Reddy had to do the role. He would frequently call her to keep her posted about the work in progress, ensuring that she kept her hopes high the entire time, but the reluctance in Sriya would not go away. "I wanted to make up an excuse and leave the project but Prashanth said one thing at that point - "trust me, this is going to be special".
Sriya Reddy would eventually agree after the duo tried out a couple of photo shoots and nailed the look that she would boast in the film.