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Baahubali 2 To Release In Karnataka; Pro Kannada Activists Withdraw Protest

A day after Baahubali actor Sathyaraj issued an apology over his 'anti-Kannadiga' remarks, the pro-Kannada outfits have decided to withdraw the protest and call off the announced 'Bengaluru Bandh'.

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Updated:April 22, 2017, 12:40 PM IST
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Baahubali 2 To Release In Karnataka; Pro Kannada Activists Withdraw Protest
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A day after Baahubali actor Sathyaraj issued an apology over his "anti-Kannadiga" remarks, pro-Kannada outfits have decided to withdraw the protest and call off the 'Bengaluru Bandh'.

They had threatened that they wouldn't allow Baahubali 2: The Conclusion to release unless Sathyaraj tendered an unconditional apology for his remarks.

The group approached Karnataka Film Chamber Of Commerce to stall the release of the film in Karnataka. An umbrella organisation also announced 'Bengaluru Bandh' on April 28, the date of the release of the much-anticipated second installment of Baahubali franchise.

Sathyaraj, who plays Kattappa in the film, had reportedly spoken against Karnataka and in favour of Tamil Nadu, during the Cauvery water dispute between the two states nine years back.

Sa Ra Govind, Head of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce stated that they had no problems with the magnum opus but against Sathyarj's comments. “We are not against the film, instead we are against the actor Sathyaraj. 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," he explained.

To this, director SS Rajamouli issued a video statement and clarified that Sathyaraj's comments were made nine years ago and had no connection with the movie or its crew. Soon after this, Sathyaraj apologised and said that his comments should not affect the film. He added that he's not against Kannadiga or Karnataka in any way.

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