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 have got to know that what I had spoken during the Cauvery water crisis has created a lot of tension among the people of Karnataka. I am not against Kannadigas or Karnataka. The biggest example for this is that for the last 35 years my assistant has been Shekar who is a Kannadiga. I would like to apologise for the statement that I had made nine years back and would like to say that I am a small worker in Bahubali film and my comment should not affect the film. I appeal to Tamils to understand.”
Earlier today S S Rajamouli too made an emotional plea in a video to the Kannadigas to not resent Baahubali 2. “We understand that the comments he made hurt the sentiments of many of our friends but we would like to say that it’s his individual opinion and would request you to understand that the Baahubali producers and I do not reflect the same opinion.” he said.
For the uninitiated, 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.”
Well, now Sathyaraj finally apologies for his comment. Now, we hope they will allow Baahubali 2 to release in Karnataka.