Did Nithya Menen, who made her debut in Ala Modalaindi, really insult Prabhas? What exactly did she say? Why are lot of websites reporting it? Did she really mean what she said? Moreover, does it show her arrogance or is she so naive that she doesn’t even know who Prabhas, one of the biggest stars of Telugu film industry, is?
It all began when greatandhra.com and telugucinema.com reported about the incident on June 20, 2011 about Nithya insulting Prabhas. Apparently, the crime which she committed boils down to this statement —> “I don’t know who Prabhas is.” I can understand the stand taken by Telugucinema.com that the least anyone who’s working in the industry could do is know the names at least the top stars, directors, producers and other technicians. However, the “most popular” website which derives a huge chunk of its traffic from USA has got it completely wrong! I know this because I was there when the incident happened during a press meet where Nithya was promoting her upcoming film 180.
Here’s the actual sequence of events which led to that statement :
A journalist asked her, why she had rejected an offer to act in a Telugu film starring Venkatesh. Apparently, she decided to turn down the offer because of the age difference between the two, the proceedings of which are well-documented in this article @ TOI, published on June 7. The article also mentions her quoting that Siddharth wanted Shruti Haasan for O My Friend and hence she was replaced. When she was asked this question, Nithya quipped that her statements have been misinterpreted because she never wanted to offend Venkatesh and also added that she’s a big admirer of the star. She said, “We belong to two different generations and when you have a romance angle between the two, the audience wouldn’t really believe that. I have no problem doing such roles but what’s the point if people don’t connect to it. Moreover, I look so small when I stand next to him.”
The moment she mentioned about different generation and height factor, another journalist, asked her, quite sarcastically, if she would accept a role opposite Prabhas. The intention was clear because the topic had been diverted to her height factor. However, it’s here that she was surprised by the question and her reply stunned us even more. “Prabhas..? Who’s he?” she questioned. The murmurs had begun; HOWEVER it was quite evident that she really didn’t know who he was. And then she quips, “Ohh…please don’t write about this. Already I have been dragged into controversies for no reason!” We recovered from the shock and explained her that his recent film Mr.Perfect was a huge hit and for that she said, “Oh..I didn’t know that. I really didn’t know that.” Further, we asked her what was last Telugu film she had seen, she replied “Magadheera”, apart from her debut film in Telugu, Ala Modalaindi. And that’s when she informed us that she doesn’t watch films at all. Throughout the press conference, each and every journalist was smiling or laughing at the proceedings. At one point, when the PRO of the film 180 asked her a question, she jokingly asked him, “Sir, why are you posing a question? You are not a journalist.” And everyone pitched in to tell her that he indeed is a senior journalist. For that, all she said was “oh..” and the press meet continued.
I have seen journalists openly arguing with the stars and even staging a walk out because of some remark. However, nothing of that sort happened here. No one took anything seriously and it was all in good humour. So, why did the gossip mongers go overboard in reporting the incident? It’s because when the lines are quoted out of context, it is a great way to infuriate Prabhas’ fans! And that’s exactly what happened the moment both these websites published the article. Here is one such tweets which I had come across on this incident :
“I hate Nithya. She told who is prabhas when someone asked if she would like to act with him. She doesn’t seem headstrong?”
Now, whether she was lying or speaking the truth is left to our imagination. But from what I could infer at the press meet, she really didn’t seem like someone who would lie just for the sake of publicity or throw an attitude. Since her statements have been blown out of proportion, twice, I wonder if she’ll speak her heart out in future. This always happens. Each side tries to piss off the other side and more or less someone always ends up in trouble. Show some mercy on her…will ya? She’s easily one of the most talented actresses we have in South and it would be pity if she’s dragged into such silly controversies. So, what’s the nature of her crime? You prefer.
She did speak a lot about her career so far. You can read the complete article here @ Nithya Menen’s Life Takes a 180 degree turn
Pic Courtest : www.180thefilm.com
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