Sathyaraj aka Baahubali’s Kattapa apologises to the people of Karnataka – It seems that director SS Rajamouli’s war saga, Baahubali: The Conclusion will release in Karnataka without any trouble. After pro-Kannada group refused to release the film in the state and demanded anything less than an apology, and now the renowned Tamil actor Sathyaraj has issued a statement regretting his controversial remark which he made almost a decade ago.
The actor said in a statement that, “I have got to know that what I had spoken during the speech on the Cauvery water crisis which has created a much tension among the people of Karnataka. I am not against Kannadigas. And the biggest example to this is that the past 30 years my assistant has been Shekar who is also a Kannadiga.”
“So, I would like to apologies for the statement that I had made almost nine years back and would say that I am a small worker in Rajamouli directed film Baahubali and hence my comment should not affect the movie. I wholeheartedly appeal to Tamils to understand.” He requested the protesting groups to allow the screening of Baahubali 2 across the state on April 28th.
Sathyaraj’s issues statement just a day after Karnataka Raksha Vedika did a protest outside the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce office in Bangalore. The actor had earlier slammed fringe groups who attacked the cinema halls that showing Tamil films during the water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
However just a few days of the film release, the social media campaign began demanding an apology from the actor regarding his remarks, in order to allow the smooth release of Baahubali: The Conclusion in which he plays an iconic role of Kattapa.
The directors and producers tried to resolve this controversy through the senior actors and other influential people of Kannada film industry.
However, with Sathyaraj apology we can expect that the film should not face any problem in its release across Karnataka. While the pro-Kannada group told that they will review Sathyaraj’s statement and then take a proper decision if they were satisfied with his apology or not.