As the protests against the release of Baahubali: The Conclusion reached a fever pitch, the film’s director SS Rajamouli released a video appeal on Facebook to all Kannadigas to allow the film to be released.
The Conclusion, these groups, led by Vatal Nagaraj, announced that they would not let the film release unless Sathyaraj apologised for his comments or was removed from the film.
Speaking in Kannada, Rajamouli said in the video appeal that the film or its makers did not have any connection with the statements that Sathyaraj had made. “His comments, made some years ago, have pained many of you. But we do not have any kind of connection with those comments. They are only Sathyaraj’s personal, individual opinion,” Rajamouli said.
He also added that the ban on the film did not affect Sathyaraj personally, but affected a vast number of others who had invested and worked on the film.“Sathyaraj is not the director or producer of this film. He is one among the many artistes who have acted in this film. If this film is stopped, there is no loss that he suffers. We feel it is not right for so many people to be affected by the comments that only he had made, to show the anger against him on Baahubali,” he said.