Finally, Sathyaraj, who plays the iconic character of Kattappa in upcoming magnum opus Baahubali: The Conclusion, seems to have buckled under pressure and tendered an apology for his remarks on Cauvery issue around nine years ago. In a way, it seems to be the replay of Karan Johar’s episode who had also been forced to issue an apology against his will to secure the release of his Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Here is what Sathyaraj said in his official statement:
“I have got to know that what I had spoken during the Cauvery water crisis has created a lot of tension among the people of Karnataka. I am not against Kannadigas or Karnataka. The biggest example for this is that for the last 30 years my assistant has been Shekar who is a Kannadiga. I would like to apologise for the statement that I had made nine years back and would like to say that I am a small worker in Baahubali film and my comment should not affect the film. I appeal to Tamils to understand.”
Earlier, even director SS Rajamouli, had issued an apology. Here is what he 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 Sathyaraj 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.”