Rajamouli’s Master Strategy Saves 50 Crore!
Ending weeks of drama over the release of Baahubali: The Conclusion in Karnataka, finally, pro-Karnataka organisations have stepped down their protests against the film. Clearing way for the film’s release, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike and Kannada Film Producers Association have made statements in favour of Baahubali. This is after actor Sathyaraj and director SS Rajamouli tendered unconditional apology to the people of Karnataka.
It all began when the members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike had vowed to stop the film’s release unless Sathyaraj says sorry over his remarks during Cauvery water crisis made nine years ago.
Rajamouli’s Master Strategy Works!
Jakkanna yet again proved he is master of strategies. He seems to have prepared a well-written script to overcome the controversy erupted there. First, Rajamouli has appealed protesters to not to stop the film that has no connection to Sathyaraj’s personal comments. He distanced from Sathyaraj’s remarks and said Sathyaraj isn’t part of story, screenplay or any technical aspect and said he is “just actor who took his remuneration”.
He smartly sent a video message in which he spoke in chaste Kannada and there by he satisfied pro-Karnataka organisations and hardcore Kannada fans to an extent. Since his roots are also from Kannada, his emotional appeal in Kannada touched many to an extent.
And this is followed by Sathyaraj aka Kattappas’s sorry that the protesters have been demanding for. Sathyaraj apologised just a day after Rajamouli appealed. Rajamouli also said that he and his team have informed Sathyaraj about the developments in Karnataka over the phone and said they don’t have ‘more power’ than this.
The very next day, Sathyaraj stated that he has no intention to hurt Kannadigas. He further asked not to target Baahubali and urged to have smooth release. And pro-Karnataka organisations agreed to release Baahubali. Thanks to SS Rajamouli who masterfully dealt the issue and got it resolved a week before the film’s release (April 28).
Thus Rajamouli’s master strategy saved a whopping Rs 50 Crore, i.e the estimated cost of the Baahubali 2’s theatrical rights in Karnataka.