Pro-Kannada activists withdraw protest against movie 'Baahubali 2'

"In fact I had been invited to act in Kannada films, but I could not do so due to paucity of time", he added. The fringe groups have demanded an apology from Sathyaraj, who plays the key character of Kattappa in the franchise. However, in response to Rajamouli's appeal, the organisations have said that the protest will continue until Sathyaraj apologises.

Addressing the media, Vatal Nagaraj, head of the Kannada Vatal Paksha, said that they were never against Baahubali 2 and the issue was only with Sathyaraj. Now that Baahubali 2 aka Baahubali: The Conclusion is about to release on April 28, we will get all the answers we want.

Irked over this, pro-Kannada organisations too had staged their protest in front of theatres showing Tamil movies in Bengaluru. I appeal Kannada people to encourage Baahubali 2 - The Conclusion the way you accepted and appreciated the first part of Baahubali, " Rajamouli appealed in a video message. Director SS Rajamouli has moved to appease the dissenting groups, saying that the filmmakers in no way endorse Sathyaraj's personal remarks.

He also spoke of the reason why he chose to apologise today, "I'm a very small worker in a very big film called Baahubali". The activists had also threatened Bengaluru bandh on April 28 as a mark of protest.

In his speech Sathyaraj said that Tamils should stand up for their rights and not be like a tree every dog would urinate on, The Telegraph had reported.

In the ongoing tussle in Karnataka regarding the Baahubali 2 release issue, the Kannada activists had insisted that if Sathyaraj apologizes to them, they might consider the release of the film in the state. I don't have the authority or the energy to talk more on this issue.

Karnataka is a major market for Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films, besides Hindi. Sathyaraj in his video (which he read out) says that producers may face a problem with him in the cast and therefore should avoid him. Satyaraj said that he is playing a small role in the film.

  • Salvatore Jensen