While fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Baahubali 2, the epic second part is all set to hit screens across the world in about a week. However, the film may not release in Karnataka amidst the nonsensical protests from some pro-Kannada groups. An erstwhile statement against sentiments of Kannada people by senior Tamil actor Sathyaraj who played the role of Kattappa in Baahubali is being shown as the sole reason for these protests. So, what exactly did Sathyaraj say about a decade ago that has come back to haunt Baahubali now?
Back in 2008, Tamil Nadu govt. initiated the Hogenakkal Integrated Drinking Water Project despite the Karnataka government was vehemently opposing it. At that time, then members of the Nadigar Sangam openly rebuked the Karnataka government and the key protesters against the TN project. In his speech then, Sathyaraj allegedly called Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj , “a comedian”.
Now, Kannadiga groups headed by Nagaraj found the release time of Baahubali 2 as a perfect opportunity to force the actor seek an apology. No distributor has acquired the theatrical rights of Baahubali 2 in Karnataka because of the fear of backlash from the pro-Kannadiga groups. Unless Sathyaraj seeks an apology, the smooth release of Baahublai 2 doesn’t look a possibility as of now.
Meanwhile, Rajamouli took to social media to make an appeal to the Kannadigas. He requested them that their protest isn’t affecting Sathyaraj but their film which has been made with lot of passion, hard work and money.