Vatal Nagaraj, who led the protest against the movie, told mediapersons here that the protest will be withdrawn as Sathyaraj has tendered apology.

“We are not against the movie but wanted Sathyaraj to apologise to his comments on Kannadigas. We will not stall the movie release now,” said Nagaraj. The movie stick to its release date April 28, in Karnataka.

Earlier, rumours were rife that cinemahouses in Tamil Nadu had banned Kannada movies on Friday night, apparently to avenge Sathyaraj’s apology to Kannadigas. It was reported that various multiplexes in Tamil Nadu did not screen Kannada movies – Chakravarthy, Shuddi and Srinivasa Kalyana – on Friday night. Besides, the option to book Kannada movies online too was restricted. It is learnt that a few multiplexes have even cancelled the booked tickets for Kannada movies.

Irked over this, pro-Kannada organisations too had staged their protest in front of theatres showing Tamil movies in Bengaluru. They tore down Tamil movie posters too. However, the South Film Industry denied the rumours and stated that Kannada movies were screened in Tamil Nadu.

"If the rumours turned out be true, Tamil movies will not be allowed to screen in the state," warned Vatal Nagaraj.

The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce held a meeting – on Saturday – with pro-Kannada organisations and even veteran actors to sort out the issue. The meeting - after debating the pros and cons - has agreed to release the movie. The pro-Kannada organisations have withdrawn the bandh call.