Karnataka activists have given out a call for bandh across the state on April 28 protesting against the release of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. Activists have asked actor Sathyaraj, who plays the role of Kattappa in the film, to apologise for a controversial remark that he made nine years ago on Kannadigas.
The comment was made by Sathyaraj nine years ago during a protest in Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Sathyaraj had reportedly spoken against pro-Kannada groups and had called Kannadigas ‘dogs’. He had also spoken against Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj.
“It is a sad thing and we were shocked to see that on social media,” the film’s director SS Rajamouli said in an interview with India Today. “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, raing up the issue at this point in time is not right,” he said.
Much awaited Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is set to be released on April 28.