Pro-Kannada organisations have demanded a ban on screening of Baahubali in Karnataka. A statewide bandh on the day of the film's release has also been called. Vatal Nagaraj, a pro-Kannada activist said that close to 2000 Kannada organisations have supported the bandh call. Nagaraj said that screening of the film will not be allowed until actor Satyaraj, who stars as Kattappa in the movie apologies for his statement on Karnataka and Kannadigas.
A video of actor Satyaraj abusing Kannadigas during the Cauvery water protests went viral as the move neared release and pro-Kannada organisations have demanded that he tender an unconditional apology for his statements.
"We have decided to reject the movie. No one in Karnataka should watch a movie which casts Satyaraj who abused Karnataka and Kannadigas. More than a lakh Kannadigas will gather near Townhall to extend their support to the bandh," Vatal Nagaraj said speaking to the media on Wednesday.
The organisations have called for a bandh on April 28 when the movie is slated to release. "We have requested theatre owners to not screen the movie. We appeal to the distributors not to bring the movie to Karnataka. We have nothing against the movie but Satyaraj has to apologise," Vatal Nagaraj said. He asked the government to intervene and stop screening of the film.