Here is big sign of relief for Baahubali makers as Pro-Kannada activists on Saturday withdrew protest and call off bandh against movie Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.
The withdrawal of protest and bandh came a day after actor Sathyaraj, who plays Kattappa in the “Baahubali” franchise, expressed the deepest regret over comments he made against Kannadigas nine years ago during the Cauvery row and appealed for the smooth release of “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” in Karnataka.
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.”
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.”
After pro-Kannada activists’ withdrawal of protest, movie Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is set to release on scheduled date of April 28.