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RGV refuses to change Sridevi film title

Just a day after being slapped with a legal notice for changing his new film's title from 'Saavitri' to 'Sridevi', maverick director Ram Gopal Varma on Monday stressed that he will not change the title of the film.

In her notice, Sridevi has mentioned the fact that the film's posters are "perceived as being obscene, sleazy and vulgar". The notice added that the director decided to change the title to "Sridevi" to make the public believe that it is associated with Sridevi.

RGV posted a clarification on his Facebook page saying that he used to admire Sridevi but this had nothing to do with the film's title. The filmmaker said the film is about a 15 year-old boy's crush on his much older teacher and it should not be seen otherwise.

"My response to the legal notice sent to me by Sridevi with regard to my film 'Sridevi' . In the legal notice sent to me, there seems to be an apprehension that the film 'Sridevi' is based on a crush I personally had for Sridevi in my college years ..I,many times over the last 5 years expressed this publicly in both the media and also to her which was taken by all concerned in a humorous and healthy spirit," he wrote.

"Now coming to the film 'Sridevi', the story is about a teenager's infatuation towards a 25-year-old woman - a subject matter like this was earlier dealt with, in such films as Malena, Cinema Paradiso, Summer of 42, Raj Kapoor's 'Mera Naam Joker' etc to name just a few. But coming to the film 'Sridevi' neither is the woman playing the title role in my film is an actress nor the boy is a director. Also there's a huge age gap between the boy and woman in the film 'Sridevi' which is not the case with me and the real Sridevi," he added.