Members of the Arekatika Porata Samithi said that director Rajamouli hurt the sentiments of their community.

Caste group files police complaint against alleged slur in Baahubali writes to Censor Board
news News Monday, May 01, 2017 - 15:27

Members of the Arekatika Porata Samithi lodged a complaint with the Hyderabad police on Sunday, alleging that the film Baahubali: The Conclusion has hurt the sentiments of their community.

The complaint which was filed at the Banjara Hills police station, claimed that Rajamouli had offended their sentiments with one scene, where the character Kattappa says 'Katika Cheekati' in the second half of the movie.

The complainants alleged that the term was a caste slur, as they hailed from the 'Katika' caste, and it was aimed at 'humiliating their community name'.

They have also filed a complaint with the Censor Board, demanding that the term be removed.

"We Katika people indulge in the trade of butchery, to sell meat of goats, sheep and hens, to provide healthy food to the society, as part of our livelihood. We are not harsh, inhuman and anti-social people as the movies try to portray us," the complaint stated.

It went on to add, "We have become a synonym for any anti-social activities. Even in schools and colleges, our children are facing social stigma."

Katikas or Arekatikas are recognised by the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments as being a part of the Backward Class (BC) category.

"We request the Censor Board to censor the world 'Katika' immediately," the complaint says.

Speaking to The News Minute, a police officer from the Banjara Hills police station said that the complaint was filed, and they were taking legal advice.

"No case has been registered so far," he added. 

Meanwhile, Baahubali 2 opened to a massive worldwide release on Friday.

Directed by SS Rajamouli, the two-part series has been shot over five years. 

Made on a budget of over Rs 200 crore, Baahubali stars Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Tammannah, Rana Daggubati, Sathyaraj, Nasser, and Ramya Krishnan among others. MM Keeravani has composed music for the film.


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