There is good news for Baahubali fans. The movie will after all release in Karnataka with actor Sathyaraj apologising for his comments on the Cauvery waters issue. Kannada organisations had decided not to allow the release of the movie on April 28 until the actor who plays the character of Kattappa apologised for his comments made 6 years back.
"Nine years ago Tamilians were assaulted in Karnataka during Cauvery protests. There were multiple protests including ones by actors. Kannada film actors had also expressed their anger against Tamilians and I had also reacted. Now I understand that my words have hurt Kannadigas. I apologise for my comments that have hurt the people. I am not against Kannadigas or Karnataka. The biggest example is my assistant Sekhar who has been working with me for the last 30 years and he is a Kannadiga," Satyaraj said in a statement.
His apology comes a day after Baahubali's director Rajamouli released a video statement appealing pro-Kannada organisations not to stall the film. Rajamouli had said that it was unfair to target a movie because of one individual's personal opinion.
The actor appealed that the movie not be stalled because of him. "I would like to apologise for that statement I had 9 years ago. I am a small worker in a huge film like Baahubali and my comments should not affect the film. I also appeal to the people of Tamil Nadu to understand," Sathyaraj added.
Pro-Kannada organisations had demanded an apology from the actor for his statements and called for a bandh on April 28, the day of the film's release. Satyaraj also appealed to film makers to not consider him for roles if they fear opposition by his being a part of the film.