While Baahubali 2 has been gearing up for a grand release on 28th April, it’s currently facing a ban in Karnataka. Sathyaraj made a strong, controversial statement over the Cauvery issue, nine years ago. His alleged anti-Kannadiga remark has caused 2000 Kannada organisation led by Vatal Nagaraj to boycott the film. They stated clearly – the film will be allowed to release only if Sathyaraj apologises. SS Rajamouli made a plea to all Kannadigas in a video yesterday. And now, the man in question – Sathyaraj himself has apologised. In a 3 minute video he has shared his regret for his statements he had made nine years ago. He requested people to not let the movie be affected because of one person in the movie. Post his apology, reactions from fans have been pouring in on Twitter. They can’t stop gushing about the actor, are all praises for his bold statement. Here’s what Sathyaraj said, “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 Kannadigas or Karnataka. The biggest example for this is that for the last 35 years my assistant has been Shekar who is a Kannadiga. I would like to apologise 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. I appeal to Tamils to understand.” Also Read: This controversial speech by Sathyaraj led to Baahubali 2’s ban in Karnataka – watch video

VatalNagraj,wats ur achevmnt?In wat way KannadaPride is restord aftr #Sathyaraj‘s apology?SR 1ly shwn his magnanimity tats d greatness of it

— KarthickN (@8nk) April 21, 2017

#Sathyaraj Finally you did it. Was so worried whether Bahubali would release or not in Karnataka. 🙏

— Rahul Shetty (@Rahul19k5) April 21, 2017

#sathyaraj Kudos to our lovable Sathyaraj sir for giving such an wonderful statement. We are proud. Hats off to u sir @Sibi_Sathyaraj

— Prasad (@Prasad27oct) April 21, 2017

Earlier, Why Kattappa killed #Baahubali ??
Now, why kattappa saved #Baahubali2 ??#Sathyaraj 🤔

— Mathan Sankar (@MathanSank) April 21, 2017

#Kattappa for a reason… Those dumb-fucks can take it or leave it. #Sathyaraj has more backbone than most. #Baahubali2#BB2

— Pranavan R. (@ramprana) April 21, 2017

#Sathyarajpic.twitter.com/qa2rkNu85z

— Sadham Hussain (@Sadhamsana7426) April 21, 2017

Handled with dignity, class, maturity, pride, and such swag… Love you Sathyaraj sir. #baahubali#kattappa

— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) April 21, 2017

The movie stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anuhska Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia among others. The movie has been directed by SS Rajamouli and produced by ARKA Mediaworks. The film will reportedly release in 6500 screens on 28th April, 2017.