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

The president of KFCC, Sa Ra Govindu supports pro-Kannada group, while SS Rajamouli explains that Sathyaraj is only a supporting actor in this film, who would not face any loss if the movie is not screened.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2017 8:31 pm
baahubali 2, ss rajamouli, sathyaraj, bandh baahubali 2, Baahubali 2 pics SS Rajamouli implores the pro-Kannada organisations to not involve them in this issue as the filmmakers in are in no way connected to it.

After protests were held by members of Karnataka Rakhsha Vedika on Thursday, director SS Rajamouli and the filmmakers of Baahubali: The Conclusion have requested audience in Karnataka to rethink their decision. They have explained how stopping the release of this film doesn’t affect Sathayaraj, but the technicians, crew, the producers and the Karnataka distributors more. They seek the same support from the people that they received during the release of Baahubali 1.

Watch | SS Rajamouli appeals to the audience in Karnataka

The members of Karnataka Rakhsha Vedika held a protest on Thursday outside the office of Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce in Bengaluru. The pro-Kannada groups reasserted their demand that they will not allow the release of Baahubali: The Conclusion until actor Sathyaraj tenders an apology. “Sathyaraj has just not hurt the feelings of six crore Kannadigas, he has disturbed the peace between two states. It won’t be wrong to call him a traitor. He is a Tamil actor and when he talks bad about Karnataka, the entire Kannada film fraternity should come together and condemn his remarks,” said a member of Karnataka Rakhsha Vedika.

SS Rajamouli, the director of the film on the other hand said, “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.”

See | Letter from the filmmakers of Baahubali 2


Sa.Ra Govindu president of KFCC told the media at the protest that they are not against the movie, but do not appreciate actor Sathyaraj’s comment.”We are not against Baahubali film. We are protesting against the remarks of Sathyaraj, who plays Kattappa’s role in the film. Karnataka Rakhsha Vedika has requested us not to release the film in the state until the actor issues an unconditional apology. KFCC has enjoyed a cordial relationship with pro-Kannada groups for years. We consider Sathyaraj’s comments on Vatal Nagaraj as an insult against everyone in Karnataka,”

Also read | Baahubali 2 ban in Karnataka: SS Rajamouli says turning anger on Sathyaraj towards Baahubali not right

“When the film’s producers and distributors came to our office, they told they have nothing to do with the controversy but they were paying the price for Sathyaraj’s mistake. They asked us to convince pro-Kannada groups to allow the release of the film without any problem. I told them instead of trying to putting pressure on me, convince Sathyaraj to give an apology,” Govindu said while stressing that he has given his full support to the demands of pro-Kannada groups.

Rajinikanth had tendered an apology when he was in a similar situation earlier. Why can’t Sathyaraj do so? He is not bigger than Rajinikanth,” Govindu said referring to the controversy related to Rajinikanth’s speech during Hogenakkal protest.

The Pro-Kannada groups also set the banner of Sathyaraj on fire as part of the protest. They have also called state-wide bandh on April 28.

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    DJ Bazz
    Apr 21, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    Ugly fking Kannadiga fanatix now woke up from their slumber after 9 years and asking for apology. What the , so many burning issues around and these leper sons protesting for this, y doggs
    1. J
      Apr 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm
      Thu ...
      1. D
        Apr 20, 2017 at 10:54 pm
        Bandh call is utter nonsense, If anybody has hurt by comments, why can't he be sued. People can't take law in their own hands just because of a comment made years ago. Bandh makes our state poorer apart from making life miserable for the common man. "Bandh" these Bandh calls.
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          PS Azurite
          Apr 20, 2017 at 10:29 pm
          These 2 South Indian states behaving like India-Pak. Don't ask who is India in this duo? Bangalore bandh is too much for a cinema and for a supporting actor. Publicity, Money and muscle power brings political power automatically in India. We must change.
          1. N
            Apr 20, 2017 at 10:12 pm
            Lot of serious issues around for heavens sake concentrate on that. Bengaluru bandh will have1000 Crore losses for our people doing businesses and daily wages . As Mr. Rajamouli rightly said Mr.Sathyaraj is part of the the movie and not the complete movie and why will he bother as he has taken his remuneration and having pina coladas at his residence. We are taking life of other people who have put there soul in the movie. Not the right time and the right approach. This is the problem with we Indians we always have dwelled in past and make hue and cry of things when it is irrelevant. We don't raise our voice for Bribery, when our government is failing to give basic amenities for normal life , wood mafia( because of whom we lost several trees in name of development and we r now in a frying pan weather), these don't matter to us as these are small things and not important. Some om person whose importance is just not relevant in life we are wasting time in asking sorry.
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              M Saritha
              Apr 20, 2017 at 9:20 pm
              Next step... Ban all the Kannada actors and technicians from doing films in other languages, for no fault of theirs. What fanaticism is this.
              1. V
                Apr 20, 2017 at 8:43 pm
                V r not introduction in ur loss and profit,v lost our value from a street dog,,,if u r that much concern about us, u tell him to take his words back and ask Sorry for us by kneeling down.u gained enough profit from Bahubali 1,so v r not bothered about anyone when it comes to matter of Karnataka and kannadigas,u just see ur work man.
                1. S
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm
                  What about burning 40 buses during cauvery issue ?
                2. I
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm
                  Karnataka is for kannadikas. The movie should not be permitted in Karnataka. No more insults
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