Pro-Kannada organisation activists today held a protest in the city against Tamil actor Sathyaraj for his comments made almost 9-years ago on Kannadigas and the vexed Cauvery water issue. Marching in large numbers from different areas toward the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, they gave a request on paper to the KFCC president asking him to call a meeting immediately to discuss this issue. They also have demanded that the much awaited movie, Baahubali: The Conclusion is not released in the state on April 28.
Incidentally, various Pro Kannada organisations have called for a statewide bandh on the 28th of this month and have threatened to disrupt screening of the movie throughout the state. Today outside the KFCC, the protesters put a garland of slippers on life size banner of actor Sathyaraj and also burnt his effigy. What is also interesting is that the KFCC is fully supporting the demands of the protestors and are ready to block the screening of the movie in the state till an unconditional apology is tendered by the actor. The actor had allegedly called Kannadigas 'dogs' during the Cauvery protests years ago.
Speaking to India Today, a senior official from the KFCC said that they are ready to support and make the film a hit provided an apology is tendered. 'We are not bothered about Director SS Rajamouli or anybody, it's the question of the prestige of the people of Karnataka and this has hurt their sentiments.'
In order to calm things down, SS Rajamouli today released a video urging Kannadigas to support his film and not ban it. Speaking in Kannada, he says that the comments made by actor Sathyaraj were almost 9-years-old and were made in his own individual capacity. He in a way pleaded that his movie be released in the state or else he will suffer major loses.
To add to the mess, many of the activists are also miffed with the fact that the movie will be released directly by the producers since the film has not been sold to any local distributors.