Kattappa

A day after Baahubali director S S Rajamouli chose to distance himself from the controversy over Sathyaraj’s remarks against Kannadigas, which he made nine years back over the Cauvery issue, the actor himself has come out with a video apologising to the people of Karnataka.  

Some pro-Kannada organisations had threatened to stall the release of the much-anticipated Baahubali sequel on April 28 in the state unless Sathyaraj tenders an apology.

The actor, who plays Kaatappa in the movie, said in his message that he is not against the people of Karnataka and that the best example for this is the fact that his assistant who has been working for him for the past 30 years is a Kannadiga.

"I had spoken something nine years ago at the meeting which has been viewed on Youtube. And since they feel hurt over some of the words spoken by me, I express my wholehearted regret to them (Kannada people) for those words," he said.

“I am a small actor in Baahubali film and my comments should not affect the film," Sathyaraj said in the statement.

The demand for an apology from Sathyaraj had evoked a sharp response from Tamilians on social media. In his video, Sathyaraj also appealed to the people of Tamil Nadu to understand the situations that made him to apologise.

He also said that he will in the future continue to fight for issues of Tamils including matters related to Sri Lanka, Cauvery or farmers’ rights.

Meanwhile, the pro-Kannada groups said that they will go through his statement and respond.