Sathyaraj: For me, life can be divided into before and after Baahubali

Published on May 31, 2022 11:45 AM IST

Actor Sathyaraj, who will be seen next in Veetla Vishesham, says he got offer for Hindi films with Tiger Shroff and Vidya Balan after Chennai Express.

Actor Sathyaraj will be seen playing Gajraj Rao’s role from Badhaai Ho in the Tamil remake.
Actor Sathyaraj will be seen playing Gajraj Rao’s role from Badhaai Ho in the Tamil remake.
ByRishabh Suri

Why did Katappa kill Baahubali- this one question took the nation by storm when Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) had released. And it not only immortalised the characters, but also the actor who played Katappa- Sathyaraj.

“For me, life can be divided into life before and after Baahubali. Before this film, people only knew me in the south, or wherever Tamilians lived in the world. After this character happened, everybody knows me,” he laughs.

The 67-year-old, who will be seen in the Tamil remake of Badhaai Ho (2018) next, says the one question he gets often is, ‘How tough was it to keep the answer to the question (Why did Katappa kill Baahubali) a secret until the film released?’ The actor quips, “Well, the producer paid me well, and SS Rajamouli (director) told me to, that’s why I did it and kept the answer a secret!”

In a career spanning 44 years, Sathyaraj has acted in nearly 250 films. He shares, “Most of my films are in Tamil, I did three films in Telugu, two in Malayalam, and one in Hindi, Chennai Express (2013).”

Why didn’t he take up more work in Hindi after making his debut in a film directed by Rohit Shetty? He confesses, “I do get Hindi offers. I was offered a Tiger Shroff film recently, which required me to be 40 days in London. My family situation is such that I can’t go abroad for those many days. Then there was a film with Vidya Balan, but on the same dates as the one required by Veetla Vishesham. The problem is that I speak fluently only in my mother tongue, even English I barely manage. I can speak other languages if I get a prompt.”

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