‘Baahubali 2’ Row: Sathyaraj Apologises for Anti-Kannadiga Remark
Tamil actor Sathyaraj who plays Kattappa in the Baahubali films has reportedly apologised for the anti-Karnataka comments he made 9 years ago during the Cauvery water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
In a video posted online on Friday, Sathyaraj has said that he apologises for the comments he made 9 years back but also added that he would continue to speak for the welfare of the Tamil people even if he did not get work in the film industry in the future.
Sathyaraj’s message comes after pro-Karnataka groups threatened to stop the release of Baahubali 2 on 28 April unless the actor apologised for his comments.
Watch Sathyaraj’s video message in Tamil below:
Sathyaraj’s statement said:
Nine years ago, during the Cauvery protests, Tamilians in Karnataka were targeted and there were protests asking for stalling the release of Tamil movies. During a meeting of the film industry to condemn this, many people spoke out with passion against the move. I was one among them. In retaliation, my effigies were burnt in Karnataka.
People have watched that video from nine years ago on Youtube now, and they have been hurt by it. I apologise for the certain words I used for the people of Karnataka. I don’t want the consequences of my actions to affect the hard work of thousands of people. I also have a duty to protect those Kannadiga distributors who have bought the rights for the release of the film.
I will in the future continue to fight for issue of Tamils, be it Sri Lanka, Cauvery or farmers’ rights. I request those producers who think that their film will be affected by this to not approach a small actor like me anymore. You should not bear loss because me. Beyond an actor, I am a proud Tamil.
On Thursday, the director of Baahubali 2, SS Rajamouli had appealed to protestors in Karnataka to allow for the smooth release of his film in the state since Sathyaraj was neither the director no the producer of the film. However, the protestors were unwilling to budge from their stand of banning the release of Baahubali 2 in Karnataka till Sathyaraj himself apologised.
(Input of English translation of Sathyaraj’s statement from The News Minute)