Baahubali 2 ban in Karnataka: This Sathyaraj speech started controversy, gets 8 days to apologise

Sathyaraj, who is from Tamil Nadu, attended a meeting in solidarity with Tamil farmers in 2008 who were seeking water from Karnataka. Director SS Rajamouli in a video appealed Kannada protesters to consider the hard work done by the entire team.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 21, 2017 11:06 am
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SS Rajmouli’s Baahubali 2 release is facing a threat in Karnataka due to a remark made by actor Sathyaraj nine years ago over Cauvery River row between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The video where Sathyaraj made the alleged anti-Kannada comments in the context of the Cauvery river water dispute surfaced about a week ago and went viral. Earlier, Rajinikanth’s speech from the same event had landed him in trouble. It is only recently that Sathyaraj aka Baahubali’s Kattappa’s utterance started generating interest. Now, with just a week left before Baahubali 2’s release, Kannada outfits have called for a ‘Bengaluru Bandh’ on April 28, the date of the release of the much-anticipated film. They will only call off their protest if Sathyaraj says sorry. Despite director SS Rajamouli trying to distance himself and his Baahubali 2 team from the comments, the protesters have refused to back down.

What did Sathyaraj say in his speech?
Sathyaraj, who is from Tamil Nadu, attended a meeting in solidarity with Tamil farmers in 2008 who were seeking water from Karnataka. The actor urged Tamils to stand up for their rights and not be passive like a tree every dog would urinate on, according to a report in The Telegraph. Pro-Kannada activists expressed their anger at the ‘dog’ remark which they decided was a reference to Karnataka residents for opposing the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu. He had reportedly called Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj “a comedy character.”

What did SS Rajamouli say?

Director SS Rajamouli in a video appealed Kannada protesters to consider the hard work done by the entire team. He also said that a ban on release will not cause a loss to Sathyaraj. SS Rajamouli said in the apology, “I’m not fluent in Kannada, please forgive me if I speak something wrong. The Baahubali team and I wanted to issue a clarification about the Sathyaraj controversy. A few years back Sathyaraj had made some comments, which have hurt your sentiments. But, we are no way connected to his comments. It is his personal opinion. We were not aware of this issue until a month ago till we saw a video on social media. He made this comments 9 years ago. After that many of his films were released in Karnataka, including Baahubali part 1. We request you to give the same support for Baahubali 2. He is neither the director nor the producer of this film. He is one of the many supporting actors in the film. If you stop this film, he is not going to face any loss. We think it is not right to punish so many people for one person’s comments and turn the anger on an individual towards Baahubali 2. We have explained the situation to Stayaraj over the phone. And we can’t do anything more than that. I implore you not to involve us in this issue as we are no way connected to it.”

Baahubali 2 producer Shobu Yarlagadda earlier said, “This is a very sensitive issue, and I don’t want to comment much on it. The only thing I want to say is – we will resolve the issue amicably in the interest of all concerned.” Sathyaraj is yet to comment on the issue.

What Kannada groups are saying?
“…We are not against the film or Rajamouli. Until Sathyaraj tenders an unconditional apology, our protest will continue,” said Vatal Nagaraj, who heads ‘Kannada Okoota’, an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies said, as reported by PTI, ” There will be a Bengaluru bandh on April 28 and also there will be protests across the state. We can’t accept anything else other than an apology by Sathyaraj.”

President of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and president of the Dr Rajkumar Fans Association, Sa Ra Govindu, said that Kannada Okkoota wants an unconditional apology from Sathyaraj if Baahubali 2 is to be screened in the state. “We don’t have any issue with Baahubali or Rajamouli. We respect him as he is a hardworking and creative person. We don’t want his clarification or apology. We want Sathyaraj’s apology. We won’t allow the release of the movie until he does so,” Govindu said.

Also Read: SS Rajamouli on Baahubali 2 ban: Sathyaraj is not going to face any loss if movie is stopped. Watch video

This is not the first time when a film was stalled in Karnataka after an actor made comments on water dispute. Rajinikanth’s Tamil film Kuselan was also facing similar threats in 2008 and it was released only after the actor apologised for opposing Karnataka’s stand on water row.

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First Published on: April 21, 2017 11:02 am
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    Mahi
    Apr 22, 2017 at 2:25 am
    Those people who are speaking about extortion , blackmail etc are acting as if they have seen Vatala nagaraj or people who are protesting from close quarters...where were you when tamil nadu threatended and went aginst supremee court decision to ban jalli kattu...rule of the land has to be same for all...why this kind of at ude towards kannadigas alone...just because we take things shoved at us hands down and heads down....Satyaraj called us dogs and we are not fools to think he said this to someone else...we call Kaveri as our mother...and he intimidated us by calling Kaveri as his wife...do you understand what this means..to all who are aqgainst kannada below go sleep with your mothers and let me know ...if you feel good...
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      Mahi
      Apr 22, 2017 at 2:20 am
      What kannadigas are doing is right be it 9 years old or a century old issue, what if the same tamilians were insulated or telugus were insulted this way they would have done the same. Why discriminate when only kannadigas raise their voice...so you mean only Tamils and Telugus are supposed to have pride and self esteem butwhen kannadigas protest they are called hooligans and fanatics. When Telugus and Tamils protest it's called love for their language and love for their state. We are protesting in our own state and we are banning the movie in our own state and ppl who want to watch this movie can cross border and watch it. When did movies grow over a state and it's people. Yes we allowed all movies of Sathyaraj and protesting now because we know this is bahubali and so will ppl take notice otheriwse you wouldn'tnot even have given a about kannadigas. Bangalore has grown enough..if somebody is interested make your cities and states grow and stop making bangalore cosmopolitan..
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        Satish S
        Apr 22, 2017 at 10:06 am
        I agree..!!! Why is Bahubali2 or big blockbuster films never made/dubbed in Kannada till date. those s..!! Ban/Boycott Bahubali2 in Karnatak even if he apologises...!
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        Malla Srilakshmi
        Apr 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm
        Mad people..It's really wrong to behave like this. They are really crazy people.
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          Satish S
          Apr 22, 2017 at 10:07 am
          Dear.., stay away...!!!!
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          Udai
          Apr 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm
          This is nothing but a blackmail, rather extortion. They didn't remember the issue with sathya raj until they knew the potential of the movie. Baahubali 1 which featured Sathya raj was screened without an issue. Maybe they didn't know that the movie will fetch so much revenue. Many of his other movies were also screened without any issue. Just a cheap trick to snatch some money. Maybe some monetary settlement under the table will solve their issue. Shameless opportunists. Don't deserve respect.
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            Satish S
            Apr 22, 2017 at 10:08 am
            Uday..!!!! MC BC TMC... BAN BAHUBALI2 in KARNATAKA..!!!
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            ANS
            Apr 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm
            In the name of hurt sentiments, anyone can get away with doing anything in India.
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              Tanuja
              Apr 21, 2017 at 12:42 pm
              These people are aiming for money or influenced by someone to take some advantage
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              S. RAJAGOPALAN
              Apr 21, 2017 at 11:49 am
              ALL FOOLS PARADISE... THY NAME IS INDIA. FOR ANY ISSUE OR NO ISSUE THERE HAS TO BE A CONTROVERSY..... ALL THESE FOOLS ARE TALKING ABOUT DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS OF NEW INDIA.... PATHETIC...
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                Prashanth
                Apr 21, 2017 at 11:45 am
                Just because he said something 9 years ago does not mean he can go scot free, would one not punish a person if he killed someone 9 years ago and he was caught today?? He should pay for his loose talk. As rightly pointed, he is unnecessarily beating around the bush in search of applause which is totally unrelated to the topic...let him pay now...
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                  citric acid
                  Apr 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                  you are so right...but why is this sudden realization, are activists sleeping till now, so many films came in between what happened then.. the end every thing comes down to money , power and bloated up egos
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                    Raj
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm
                    What is Satyaraj going to loose here??? Its only Bahubali producers who loose money which they have worked very hard for and the Karnataka people who will loose on a good film. Satyaraj has already received his renumeration dude..please think and talk.
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                      Satish S
                      Apr 22, 2017 at 10:10 am
                      Big Films... BIG DAMAGE... Ring any Bells..!! otherwise find a good school for your douche bag...!!!
                      1. S
                        Satish S
                        Apr 22, 2017 at 10:10 am
                        Big Films... BIG DAMAGE... Ring any Bells..!! otherwise find a good school for your douche bag...!!!
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                        Satish S
                        Apr 22, 2017 at 10:09 am
                        I agree..!
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                        Suman Chand Srinivasa Setty
                        Apr 21, 2017 at 11:35 am
                        Looks like the Kannada Rakshana Ve or who ever is protesting have no other work. They have found a speech of an actor which is a decade old to Show their respect for Kannada and Kannadigas. Meanwhile I have a doubt, Where these protesters sleeping when Bahubali Part 1 was released? there was no protest then!!! Where these protesters sleeping when so many other movies of Sathyaraj were released in past ~10 years. Why? Answer is that they are looking for some money from bahubali team. Nothing more nothing less. I just have to say 1 thing for these protestors > "Go to "
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                          Pachcha Gowda
                          Apr 21, 2017 at 11:33 am
                          Yes this has barked too much on cauvery issue against Karnataka as if he knows the subject . They are right in their current move. Cini fellows should not interfere in the Govt. administration and Govt. sensitive issues.
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                            venkatkarthic
                            Apr 21, 2017 at 11:29 am
                            Very Very cheap publicity Mr.Vatal nagaraj. Please let us know what was your contribution towards Kannadiaga people or for Kannnada language. You are bringing bad name to Kannadigas .
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                              venkatkarthic
                              Apr 21, 2017 at 11:22 am
                              what is the logic behind the protest for comment raised 9 years before. Did this Kannada Okoota and its head Vatal nagaraj sleeping when Bahubali part one was released. When ever cauvey issue came up people from both the states commented at free will. So what big deal about.
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                                Kannadiga
                                Apr 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm
                                If u had committed a crime 9 years ago, can u plead excuse in court ?? It came to his attention now and it is action-ed. Don't be judgemental
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                                  venkatkarthic
                                  Apr 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm
                                  Dear Prashanth, Cauvery riots in the past and also the recent one , how many cars , buses and shops where burnt . How many people where beaten up just because they could not read kannada. Is this not a crime . How many of these hooligans where punished. Where is the fair play , common sense and reasonability gone. Now who is judgmental.
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                                Ram
                                Apr 21, 2017 at 11:17 am
                                When you are in public life, it is important to restraint from giving loose talks. But somehow in the pretext of 'proving a point', most politicians, actors, social-activists in Tamil Nadu adopt anti-Hindi, anti-neighbor, and at times even anti-National stand. Their behavior will be unbelievably a loose-canon one. Sathyaraj is no exception for controversial talks - be it on Hindu religion, Hindi or in this case against Karnataka. Just to claim few brownies he did something few years only to haunt him now. It will be interesting to see how he react.
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                                  Naresh
                                  Apr 21, 2017 at 11:40 am
                                  Well he said any dog ... why r u considering it as you ? if one speaks on one individual why everyone gets offended .. if vattal is offended for "comedy" .. he should have failed as case that too for a thing that happened some 9 10 years back ... moreover what happened during cauvery riots ? how many lorries and buses burnt ? and it becomes sensitive when one raise it ... Did tn asked for any apology or what ever ? Its not one vs another .. Problem is off late many are jobless .. and Bangalore is suffering becoz of it .. especially past one year ... from PF worker protest where many buses burnt.. followed by cauvery riots .. new year eve embarr ment and now bandh for actor comment ... Please guys this city is much more .. we need growth we need to compete with world .. dont ruin this place ..
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