In fact, Venkatesh and Roja weren’t seen attending the same film related function in the recent past. Let’s hope they bury the hatchet very soon!
In her recent interview, Roja admitted that she isn’t on taking terms with Venkatesh. “Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna and Nagarjuna used to be very friendly with me, but I had a clash with Venkatesh regarding an issue and that’s the reason why I haven’t acted with him in more films. My husband & director Selvamani agreed to work with Venky and that too when he was in top form. Even the muhurat of the film which stars Venkatesh and Vijayashanti was held in grand manner and Selvamani has gone for a location hurt. Meanwhile, Venkatesh’s coterie acquired the rights of Tamil flick ‘Chinna Gounder’ and remade it in Telugu as ‘Chinna Rayudu’ under B Gopal’s direction. Selvamani felt it as an insult and got very upset at that time. Few months after that issue, I signed a film ‘Pokiri Raja’ opposite Venkatesh. The shooting of my portions got completed long back but the makers have asked me to come to Bangalore to re-shoot a song bit. They made me sit for three days in Bangalore and I couldn’t stay there anymore as I can’t skip Selvamani’s birthday (Oct 22nd). So, I immediately rushed to Chennai to be with Selva. Then, I got a call saying ‘Venkatesh garu is asking you to attend the shoot’ and I shot back ‘Nothing is important to me than Selvamani’. Ever since, the gap between Me and Venky continued. Though he remade few of my Tamil films in Telugu, I wasn’t the heroine in the Telugu version just because of our differences,” reveals Roja.