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Pro-Kannada groups call bandh over comments made by ‘Baahubali’ actor


Bangalore : Several pro-Kannada organisations led by former MLA Vatal Nagaraj are protesting against the release of Bahubali 2 over controversal statements made by Sathyaraj who plays the role of Kattappa in the movie.

 On Thursday, director S S Rajamouli today to distance himself and his Baahubali 2 team from comments allegedly made by Sathyaraj that have led to a protest against the film’s release in Karnataka.

Rajamouli said the filmmakers were in no way related to the remarks made by Sathyaraj. “The producer and I want to clarify on the issue… The comments must have pained some of you but we don’t have any relation to it. Those were (his) personal comments and were made some nine years ago,” the director said in a video message on his official Twitter page.

The controversy broke out after a video in which Sathyaraj allegedly made “derogatory” comments against Kannada activists went viral.

Sathyaraj, who plays the role of Kattappa in the multi-lingual drama, made the alleged anti-Kannada comments during the Cauvery River row between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka about nine years ago. Sathyaraj is from Tamil Nadu.

Rajamouli said the team was unaware of the actor’s remarks till it saw a video on a social media site.

He also pointed out that many of Sathyaraj’s films have been released since then, including the 2015 film Baahubali.

“The way you accepted and appreciated Baahubali Part I’, I request you to do the same for ‘Part II’… Sathyaraj is neither the director nor the producer of this movie. He is one of the many artistes associated with this film.          — PTI