Bengaluru: The release of Baahubali: The Conclusion in Karnataka is facing trouble as an activist has opposed to the film's screening in the state following actor Sathyaraj's controversial speech during the Cauvery row. Vatal Nagaraj, president of Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha, a regional pro-Kannada political party, says he does not have any problem with the SS Rajamouli-directed magnum opus but won't allow the release because of the Katappa depictor's comments.
"We are not against the movie Baahubali 2 but Sathyaraj. His derogatory remarks on Kannadigas during the Cauvery river water dispute some years ago were highly condemnable. "It was a direct attack on our people. We are calling for a statewide ban on the film's release. We will observe a bandh to protest against Sathyaraj in Bengaluru on April 28th," Vatal says.
When asked why Sathyaraj's previous films were allowed to release in the state and only Baahubali 2 is being targeted, Vital says the reach of the highly-anticipated film is global.
"Other films of Sathyaraj which were released earlier here weren't worthy and noticeable. However, Baahubali is recognized both nationally and internationally. We were waiting for the right time."
Vatal had earlier protested against superstar Rajinikanth during the release of Kabali in January for his pro-Tamil stance in the Cauvery row. Subsequently, he was taken into preventive custody by the police along with a group of pro-Kannada activists on the opening day of Kabali.
Baahubali: The Conclusion, starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty, is slated to release on April 28 worldwide.