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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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    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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      2. 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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