Karnataka will watch Baahubali 2: Pro-Kannada activists withdraw protest
Pro-Kannada organisations have decided to withdraw their protests against Baahubali 2. The groups have also called off the bandh that they had called for on April 28, the day the movie is scheduled to release. A day after actor Sathyaraj apologised to Kannadigas for his 'abusive' statements over the Cauvery made 9 years ago, Kannada organisations decided to withdraw their protests.
"We have nothing against the film. Our protest was demanding that Sathyaraj apologise. Now that he has apologised, we withdraw our protests as we had said earlier. We have no opposition to the movie's release," said Vatal Nagaraj who led the group of Kannada organisations. He reiterated that their protest was not against the movie but against the actor and his apology has been accepted.
The Kannada activists, however, warned Sathyaraj not to use derogatory words against Kannadigas henceforth. "We are warning Sathyaraj to be careful about the words he chooses to use. Let him support Tamil Nadu but let him not speak against Kannadigas. If he uses derogatory terms against Kannadigas, all his future movies will be banned in Karnataka," Vatal Nagaraj added.
The Kannada activists had called for a Bengaluru bandh and statewide ban on the release of Baahubali 2. They had taken offence to the statements made 9 years ago by actor Sathyaraj during Cauvery water protests between both states. The film's director Rajamouli had also made a video appeal to the organisations to not stall the movie.