Responding to the burning topic and brewing controversy over the release of Baahubali: The Conclusion in Kannada after an organisation Karnataka Rakshana Vedike vowed to stall film’s release till Sathyaraj apologizes over his remarks made during Cauvery water crisis nine years ago, SS Rajamouli has put a video message.
The acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker has expressed his sincere gratitude to Kannada audiences and thanked them for their support to him and his films including Baahubali: The Beginning.
Addressing Kannada movie lovers in Kannada, Rajamouli said, “I’m thankful to all of you for your support right from my debut film ‘Student No.1’. to the last ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’. You’ve all watched ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’. I’m indebted to you for your support toÂ ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’. Now, ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ is ready for release. It’s known that actor Sathyaraj is playing a significant role in the film. I came to know that few of his previous comments had hurt a large section of you. I feel it’s my responsibility to give out a clarification in the issue.”
“Baahubali has no connection to Sathyaraj’s remarks. The film is not produced by Sathyaraj. Neither he is part of Story, Screenplay, Dialogues nor contributed to any technical aspects of the film. He has just acted in a role in the film. He took his remuneration for it. That’s it. Sathyaraj’s comments are his personal opinion. Our view is that his personal opinion shouldn’t trouble the film that he acted in. Yet, as responsible people, we have took informed the situation to Satharaj over the phone. We don’t have more power than this.”
“Sathyaraj had made those remarks nine years ago. After that, several films of him had been released. The films he acted and he produced had been released in Karnataka. ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ has also released. We request you to receive ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ as well like the previous films. If ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ is stopped, Sathyaraj won’t get any loss. The problem is for Technicians, producers who have worked hard for five years for the film and for Kannada distributors and Kannada movie audiences. I urge you all not to show the anger against Sathyaraj on Baahubali. Hope Kannada people who’re movie loving audiences would receive ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ well,” Rajamouli concluded.
He hoped that the film will release in Kananda smoothly on April 28 on which the film is releasing across the globe in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.