t seems like director SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion will release in Karnataka without any trouble after all. After pro-Kannada groups refused to settle for anything less than an apology, actor Sathyaraj has issued a statement regretting his controversial remarks that he made almost a decade ago. “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,” he said in a statement, requesting the agitating groups to allow the screening of the film across the state on April 28.
Sathyaraj’s statement comes just a day after Karnataka Rakhsha Vedika held a protest outside the office of Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce in Bengaluru. The protest was also supported by Sa.Ra Govindu, president of KFCC. Sathyaraj had slammed fringe groups that attacked the theatres showing Tamil films during a water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu earlier.