Katappa might have killed Baahubali but he has definitely saved Baahubali 2. So the million dollar question is why did Katappa apologize?
As known to most, activists had threatened to shut down Bengaluru on April 28, the date when Baahubali 2 is slated to open in theaters, as a sign of protest against Baahubali's Katappa -actor Sathyaraj's statement, which he had made 9 years back, on the Cauvery water dispute
The activists had demanded an apology from Sathyaraj, post which they had promised to lift the ban on the film's release in the state.
On learning this, Sathyaraj released an apology video, in which he stated - "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 Kannadiga 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 apologize for the statement that I had made nine years back and would like to say that I am a small worker in Bahubali film and my comment should not affect the film."
The other day Bahubali director SS Rajamouli had appealed to pro-Kannada groups in a similar video. His video statement read as - "Whatever Sathyaraj has said has no relation with the movie or its crew. The comments were made by Sathyaraj 9 years ago. Since then many of his movies have released, even Baahubali. I request all to support Baahubali 2 the way they did for part one. We have informed Sathyaraj about the situation. We have nothing to do with his comments."
With his apology, Sathyaraj issued a subtle warning in the form of a request for the filmmakers. Although he regretted that his actions/views were held against a movie which is a product of the hard work of many individuals, he requested directors and producers to great caution in casting him in their films as he plans to continue to voice his opinion on the issues of Tamil people. He also stated that he is prouder to be a Tamilian than an actor.
Those are some powerful words drenched in heavy emotions. Let's hope that this issue doesn't raise it's ugly head once again and is settled for final.
So, now we can cheer up and look forward to finding the answer to the reel question - Why did Katappa kill Baahubali?