Sathyaraj should tender an open apology: Pro-Kannada Activists

Pro-Kannada activists have been threatening of halting the release in Karnataka.

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Baahubali The Conclusion will be the gravitating topic for the next few weeks since it is releasing on April 28th, 2017. The sequel, considered to larger than the first part, is being predicted to be the first film to collect more than INR 1000 crores according to trade pundits. With everything going as per the plan, the makers are leaving no stone unturned in terms of promotions of the film. But there are always hurdles and challenges for everything. And that’s what is happening with Baahubali currently. The distributors of Baahubali are facing a major block in the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for the release.

Pro-Kannada organisation activists have been threatening to halt the release of Baahubali in Karnataka and the reason for that is actor Sathyaraj who plays the role of Kattappa. As per reports, Sathyaraj had made some comments on the Cauvery river issue that’s been a controversial issue between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, because of which the activists are demanding that Sathyaraj tender an apology for his comments. Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj made it clear that they will not allow the relase of the film in Karnataka till the time Sathyaraj apologises. Speaking to a leading daily Nagaraj said,” We will not allow any theatre in Karnataka to screen Baahubali. We are not against the film, but against Sathyaraj who plays the character of Kattappa in Baahubali.” Nagaraj adds that many Tamil actors have voiced their opinion about the issues but Sathyaraj’s comments have been derogatory. “This man’s remarks crossed all decency limits. He spoke nonsense about Karnataka and Kannadigas. We too staged protests against Tamil Nadu, but not against the people. We will storm theatres that may screen the upcoming movie, which is due for release on April 28,” said Nagaraj.

Vatal Nagaraj

Responding to the issue director S S Rajamouli told a leading news channel,” It is a sad thing and we were shocked to see that on social media. I worked with Sathyaraj for almost five years and I could have never ever imagined he is a person who could try to hurt someone. Some videos were posted on the internet. When we started inquiring, we learned that whatever comments Mr Sathyaraj made it was nine years back. And after that, about 30 films of his were released in Karnataka. Baahubali 1 released. No one had problems with that. And suddenly, raking up the issue at this point in time is not right.

With this issue going viral on social media, Baahubali is grabbing more attention than what the makers would have thought it would. Everything happens for a reason, no?

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