Actor SiddharthThe Cauvery River dispute, a persistent and contentious issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, centers on the allocation of water resources from the Cauvery River.

In response to the dispute, the Bengaluru Police imposed Section 144 until Saturday at 12 AM. This decision came ahead of a Karnataka Bandh, a statewide shutdown, called by over 2,000 pro-Kannada groups on September 29.

The dispute even spilled into the entertainment industry when Bommarillu actor Siddharth, who was in Bengaluru to promote his film “Chithha,” faced interruptions during a press conference.

Pro-Kannada activists disrupted the event, questioning its timing and urging Siddharth to support the Cauvery protest. The activists were angry about a Tamil actor coming to Karnataka and promoting his Tamil film and that too when Karnataka Bandh was called the very next day.

Despite the interruptions, Siddharth continued addressing the press in Kannada but eventually was forced to walk out of the event.

Chithha is a Tamil language film helmed by SU Arun Kumar. The film, which hit theatres on September 28, is produced by Siddharth himself under his banner Etaki Entertainment. The film’s Telugu version titled Chinna likely to be released on October 6th.