Is Shriya on a contract?

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 14, 2006 05:27 hrs

Is Shriya on a contract with Shankar and his magnum opus Sivaji? She has been flooded with offers from Tamil superstar films, but has not been able to sign any new offers.

Shankar feels that he picked her up at a time when she was not all that hot in Tamil. Her Mazhai with Jayam Ravi was a damp squib at the box-office. After Shankar cast her opposite superstar Rajnikanth in Sivaji, Shriya turned hot and all top banners wanted to cast her in their films.

K.S.Ravikumar had contacted Shankar to get her dates for Dasavatharam and a section of the media had even reported that she is the heroine opposite Kamal Hassan. But Shankar refused to leave her! Next, Vijay wanted her for Pokiri but again Shankar said “No”. The latest we hear is that Suresh Balaji met Shankar to get her dates for his next film KIreedom with Ajit as hero and the director politely refused.

As of now Shriya has only Thiruvilayadal with Dhanush that she signed much before Sivaji happened. This film is temporarily shelved and will resume only after Shriya is free after the completion of Sivaji! And from Tollywood where she has a place of her own, Shriya has just one film with actor Sri Ram. Added to that, she has been approached by Mahesh Bhat’s production house to do a film with Emran Hashmi which involves a few kissing scenes!

It seems, Shankar always insists that his heroines are “exclusive” till the release of the film. Remember that Sada also faced a similar problem during the making of Anniyan. And after the film became a blockbuster, Sada could not capitalize on it.