Actor Siddharth faced disruption during a press event in Bengaluru, Karnataka, while promoting his new film “Chithha.” On Thursday, members of a pro-Kannada group entered the SRV theatre where the event was taking place.They asked Siddharth to leave and demanded that the press conference be ended immediately to support the ongoing Cauvery protest.
One of the protesters expressed their concern about the Cauvery river water being sent to Tamil Nadu while the region was facing water-related issues.
They questioned the appropriateness of promoting a film in such a situation.The incident was captured on video and circulated widely on social media.
In response to the interruption, Siddharth continued to interact with the media in Kannada but eventually got up and left the press conference, thanking the media members.
The disruption occurred amid protests by various pro-Kannada organizations, farmer groups, and labor unions calling for a Karnataka Bandh to protest the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
Protesters argue that this action is occurring despite low water storage levels in Cauvery basin reservoirs in Karnataka.The Cauvery river is crucial for drinking water in Bengaluru and irrigation in the Mandya region.
Siddharth’s film “Chithha,” directed by SU Arun Kumar, is a Tamil-language family drama in which he plays the lead role of a man searching for his lost niece.The film was released on September 28 and is produced by Siddharth’s own production banner, Etaki Entertainment.
The disruption of Siddharth’s press event in Bengaluru brought attention to the ongoing Cauvery water issue and the sentiments of those advocating for Karnataka’s water resources.