Bowing to the pressure mounting against him from all quarters, actor Sathyaraj who plays Katappa in Baahubali series finally APOLOGISES to the Kannadigas for the controversial statement he made against them with regard to the Cauvery River issue nine years back. He has not only apologised for the same but also requested the Kannadiga pressure groups to not stall the release of SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus, Baahubali: The Conclusion. He said, “I would like to apologise for the statement made 9 years back.”I will be more careful in the future. My remarks should not affect the film. I made them 9 years ago during the Cauvery conflict. While I will continue to speak out for all issues related to Tamil Naude, I apologise if I hurt anyone’s feelings.” Well, will this then ensure a smooth release of the movie then?
Firstpost reports that despite the apology protests still continue in the state against the actor and subsequently, the movie. A group ‘Kannada Okkota’ had released a statement recently that if Sathyaraj does not apologise to the statements made against the Kannadigas, they will announce a bandh on April 28, the release date of Baahubali. The statement read, “The remarks made by Sathyaraj against Kannadigas during the Cauvery row (a few years ago) had crossed limits of decency. We will not allow the film to be released under any circumstances. There is no scope for the release unless and until Sathyaraj tenders an unconditional apology. The exhibitors will have to bear the consequences if they venture to screen the film.”
Despite all this, Baahubali’s director SS Rajamouli stood by Sathyaraj and said that it was unfair to punish the whole film for one individual who made some statements nine years ago. He had said in an interview recently, ” I (have) worked with Sathyaraj for almost five years and I could have never ever imagined he is a person who could hurt someone. Some videos were posted on the internet. When we started inquiring, we learned that whatever comments Sathyaraj made… this was nine years ago. And after that, about 30 films of his were released in Karnataka. Baahubali 1 released there as well. No one had problems with that. And suddenly, raking up the issue at this point in time is not right.’