Kannada Group Plans to Disrupt Baahubali Press Conference Tomorrow
The release of the much-anticipated sequel of Baahubali – The Beginning, which has been directed by SS Rajamouli might end up facing problem in Karnataka. Actor Sathyaraj, who plays Katappa in the film had allegedly made a controversial speech – which had anti-Kannada statements - during the Cauvery row some time back hasn’t gone down well with many. The protesters also include Kannada Rakshana Vedike who will stall the Bahubali press meet which has been scheduled for tomorrow. It has also been reported that they will also hold a rally against the film’s much-awaited release.
While speaking to CNN-News18, Praveen Shetty, President, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike demanded an apology from actor Sathyaraj. “Sathyaraj spoke against Karnataka people and the state Cauvery water issue. We are demanding an apology from him, not from others. He should come to Bangalore in front of media and the film chamber,” he said.
On being asked why they decided to stage the protest now, and not during the time the film was being released, Shetty said, “We didn’t get the information earlier. We got the video after the release of the first film."
Sara Govind, Head of Karnataka Film chamber too stated that he doesn’t have an issue with Rajamouli’s magnum opus, but protest against Katappa's comments. “We are not against the film, instead we are against the actor Sathyaraj,” he explained.
Referring to Sathyaraj's contentious speech, Govind said, “He spoke badly about Kannada people. That is why we aren’t releasing the film in Karnataka. He has to come to Bangalore and apologise in front of everyone. We are protesting after seeing the video, which we got now.”
Besides the opposition by the film chamber, pro-Kannada organisations also plan a state-wide bandh on April 28, the release day of Baahubali 2.