Bowing to the threats from pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj and others, Tamil actor Sathyaraj has tendered his apology for his remarks purportedly to hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas made nine years ago as they came in the way of release of Bahubali 2 on Friday in Bengaluru.
The immediate need for apology came when pro-kannada activists threatened to observe bandh in Karnataka, especially Bengaluru on the day of the release of ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ on April 28.
When talks failed with Kannada film chamber and others, Sathyaraj on Friday expressed regret over comments he made against Kannadigas and appealed for the smooth release of the movie on April 28.
“Nine years ago, I voiced my opinion during the Cauvery row. People in Karnataka burnt my effigies for my strong comments. I have been told that my comments back then had hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas. I deeply regret to have made such comments,” Sathyaraj said in a video statement.
Sathyaraj, known for his iconic role of Kattappa in Baahubali, became popular for the last scene in the film that shows him back-stabbing his master Bahubali. Though he was modest saying he played a small part in the big film Bahubali, the hard work of hundreds of people on this project shouldn’t go waste. He also said the protests may hit Karnataka distributors who have paid big sums for this film.
He has also made it clear that film producers who may fear casting him in their films for his pro-Tamil stand need not give him any roles. “I will continue to fight for Tamils for any worthy cause. If producers think they will face problems or losses because of my actions, I request them not to cast me. Nobody should bear loss because of me. Beyond an actor, I’m a proud Tamilian,” he stated.
Pro-Kannada organisations are meeting in Bengaluru today (Saturday) to decide on their protest over the release of ‘Baahubali 2’.”We will meet and announce our decision tomorrow,” Vatal Nagaraj, who heads ‘Kannada Okoota’, an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies, said.
Though his role was small, Kattappa is behind the suspense that dragged for over two years since the first part of the film Bahubali was released in 2015. “Why Kattappa killed Bahubali?” has become a national question on the lips of everybody, including the prime minister who had once referred to it in his speech.
Now that the suspense will be revealed on Friday, the film “Bahubali – The Conclusion” or Bahubali 2 is registering heavy pre-booking at the theatres and malls in Bangalore and it is likely that the film will be a hit and cross the threshold of Rs.1000 crore for the first time in Indian film industry.