Mumbai: ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ might be among the most eagerly awaited films of the year, but the film might just have hit a serious roadblock. The film might just not be released in the state of Karnataka.
Members of the Kannada Rakshana Vedike protested outside the Karnataka Film Chamber, making it amply evident that they would stall the release of the film. They also clarified that their issue is owing to the involvement of Tamil actor Sathyaraj, who plays Kattappa in the film.
The actor’s words against Kannadigars during the ongoing Cauvery issue is said to be the source of the grouse.
“Kollywood actor Sathyaraj supported Tamil Nadu during the Cauvery issue and spoke badly about Karnataka and Kannadigas. This has hurt our sentiments. Any self-respecting Kannadiga will agree with me on this. We will not allow Baahubali to be released unless actor Sathyaraj apologises to all Kannadigas,” The News Minute quoted KRV Chief Praveen Shetty as saying.
The protest had support in Film Chamber President and Sandalwood Rakshana Vedike Chief Sara Govindaraju, who also joined the protests and chanted anti-Sathyaraj slogans.
with members of the outfit joined the protest and shouted slogans against actor Sathyaraj and demanded an apology from him.
“We deserve an apology from him (Sathyaraj). Why should we sit quietly and allow his film to be released in Karnataka if he does not respect Kannadigas?” Govindraja was quoted as saying.
The film, an SS Rajamouli directorial stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Sathyaraj and Tamannaah Bhatia in the lead roles. Set to be released in multiple languages, ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ will hit the theatres on April 28.