A day after Tamil actor Siddharth walked out of the promotions of his latest film, Chithha (Chikku in Kannada), in Bengaluru, Kannada actor-politician Prakash Raj issued an apology on behalf of all the Kannadigas on Friday, September 29. Prakash Raj wrote on social media stating that the pro-Kannada group that caused the disruption of the media interaction of Siddharth's latest film should rather question the political parties and their leaders for their inability to solve an issue that has been ongoing for decades.
Reposting a video of the incident from the Chikku press meet, Prakash wrote on X, "Instead of questioning all the political parties and its leaders for failing to solve this decades' old issue.... Instead of questioning the useless parliamentarians who are not pressurising the centre to intervene.. Troubling the common man and artists like this can not be accepted.. as a Kannadiga .. on behalf of Kannadigas. sorry #Siddharth #justasking." (sic) The pro-Kannada group that caused the disruption of the Chikku press meet demanded that the event be brought to a halt citing the Cauvery issue. The video showed the members of the group raising slogans leading to the event coming to an early conclusion with Siddharth thanking the press before exiting the venue.
Instead of questioning all the political parties and its leaders for failing to solve this decades old issue.. instead of questioning the useless parliamentarians who are not pressurising the centre to intervene.. Troubling the common man and Artists like this can not be… https://t.co/O2E2EW6Pd0— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) September 28, 2023
Likewise, in another video that is also now going viral on social media, Dr. Shiva Rajkumar, who was recently seen in 'Superstar' Rajinikanth's Jailer, reacted to the disruption of the Chikku press conference incident and issued an apology to Siddharth. Extending his apology, the Kannada superstar said, "On behalf of my film fraternity, I would like to say we are very sorry, Mr. Siddharth. I'm extremely hurt and such a mistake will not happen again. The Kannada people are good people and love all films and all languages."
Various groups in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been at odds after the Karnataka government was directed by the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) to release 3000 cusecs of Cauvery water at Biligundlu from September 28 to October 15. Chittha directed by SU Arun Kumar stars Siddharth alongside Malayalam actress Nimisha Sajayan making her Tamil cinema debut and revolves around the story of an uncle and her niece, and has been getting largely positive reviews.