The crisis that the “Bahubali” unit faced in Karnataka has finally blown over. Satyaraj who plays ‘Katappa’ in has finally apologized for his comments. His apology comes after an emotional appeal by the director Rajamouli to the protestors in Karnataka.
In a video grab he is shown reading a written statement in which he clarifies that he is not against the people of Karnataka and that he apologises to them if his comments inadvertently hurt their sentiments. However, he added that he continues to support his state and its people on the Cauvery issue, the farmers issue and the Tamil Eelam issue. He said that while he only played a small part in the film, he did not want the thousands of technicians and others who made the film possible to suffer on his account. He urged producers and directors not to take him in their films if it would lead to trouble in releasing them. He concluded by saying that he would rather die a Tamilian than an actor.
Earlier Vatal Nagaraj the President of Kannada Okkooti had reacted to Rajamouli’s appeal saying that while he was not against the director or his film, Satyaraj would certainly have to apologise failing which there will be a general strike on 28th April, the date on which the film is scheduled to be released and the film would be banned in the state. That brings the curtains down on an unseemly controversy that threatened to bring a ban on the film being released in Karnataka.