Baahubali 2 SS Rajamauli Sathyaraj Cauvery Water Dispute Image Credit: Filmfare
Baahubali 2 SS Rajamauli Sathyaraj Cauvery Water Dispute Image Credit: Filmfare

The Rise Of Intolerance

We live in strange times indeed. Some remarks that actor Sathyaraj apparently made nine years ago, about the Cauvery water dispute, were used to derail the release of SS Rajamouli’s film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion in Karnataka.

Jitesh Pillaai

Sathyaraj plays the hugely popular character Katappa in the film.

Let’s gain a perspective. The remarks were allegedly made almost a decade ago. Between that time, all other films of Sathyaraj, including Baahubali: The Beginning, got released in Karnataka. Suddenly, some political outfit found the remarks demeaning and demanded a ban. Both, the film’s director SS Rajamouli and Sathyaraj himself had to publicly regret making the alleged remarks. And, mind you, the film has nothing to do with the Cauvery dispute. It’s one of the proudest achievements in Indian cinema, matching Hollywood standards and making our producers believe in dreaming big once more. But you can’t win over everyone I guess.

Some remarks of Sonu Nigam too enraged the nation. A man allegedly got knifed because he happened to agree with those. What’s our nation coming to? Does all this means you can’t hold a contrary view? That you can’t even debate on issues? That you better hold on to the populist view, or else... This ‘Talibanisation’ of our thoughts, especially over the social media is worrying indeed and I’m afraid it will only escalate.

Sometime ago, it was heard that the Censor Board had asked the makers of Phillauri to mute down the Hanuman Chalisa in the film as chanting it is believed to exorcise ghosts. The fact that it didn’t, could have hurt the religious sentiments of some, it was sa

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