Watch: Siddharth faces wrath of pro-Kannada activists at ‘Chithha’ press event

(This article is authored by Alar)

Siddharth, the versatile actor who has won accolades for his performances in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam films, faced an unpleasant situation in Bengaluru yesterday. He was there to promote the Kannada version of his latest film ‘Chithha’, a hard-hitting drama that deals with child abuse.

The film, directed by S. U. Arunkumar of ‘Pannaiyarum Padminiyum’ and ‘Sethupathi’ fame, has released today and is getting rave reviews from critics and fans alike. However, not everyone was happy to see Siddharth in the city. A group of pro-Kannada activists stormed into the press meet and created a ruckus.

They shouted against the actor and the film, accusing him of being insensitive to the Cauvery water dispute that has been a contentious issue between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for decades. Siddharth, who is fluent in Kannada, tried to pacify the protesters. 

Amidst the heated discussions over the Cauvery water issue, a group of people raised their voices in Kannada, they questioned the promotion of a Tamil movie. Their passionate outcry echoed through the room, leaving an air of tension and uncertainty.

The security personnel had a tough time controlling the situation and escorting Siddharth out of the venue.  The incident has sparked a debate on social media, with many people condemning the attack on Siddharth and supporting his film.

‘Chithha’ is a film that has been made with a lot of passion and sincerity by Siddharth and his team. It is a film that speaks about a grave issue that affects millions of children around the world. Released yesterday, the film that explores the dynamics of a Chithappa-nephew relationship, and how it changes over time. The film was produced by Etaki Entertainment. The director is known for Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, Sethupathi and Sindhubaadh. The music is composed by Dhibu Ninan Thomas.