Shankar’s directorial mega-budget movie of the decade, 2.0, starring Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth was leaked by an active piracy website within few hours of release. What came as a shock to the entire film fraternity and people across the country, that the sci-fi film which was made under a whopping budget of over Rs 550 crore was pirated, despite Madras High Court’s strict orders. Now, the Tamil Nadu Information and Broadcasting Minister ‘Kadambur’ Raju on Sunday has urged all stakeholders in the film industry to come together to combat video piracy.
The minister was attending a function in Chennai when he stated that if the Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council, film exhibitors and theatre owners come together, the government can take all the necessary initiatives to eradicate piracy.
He said, “Piracy is becoming a challenge. Tamilrockers (a portal which releases pirated versions of films online) is becoming a challenge.”
Video piracy has been plaguing the Tamil film industry and much to the shock of fans as well as the movie industry, the entire film in HD print has been already leaked by an active piracy website, TamilRockers.
According to a report published in India Today, producers of 2.0 had approached the Madras High Court with a list of websites which had illegally uploaded the pirated version of the film. There has been no official confirmation on the same.
Tamil Rockers, the piracy website, has been imposing a major threat to the Tamil film industry. The culprits behind this website have not been traced despite several attempts. Recently, the piracy website released Vijay-starrer Sarkar, within few hours of its big screen release. This left the entire show-biz industry in complete bewilderment.
The website went on to release Thugs Of Hindostan in three different languages, on the same as the film’s theatrical release.
The website through its unverified Twitter handle revealed had earlier revealed that it will release Thalaiva’s 2.0. The tweet read, “#2Point0 Coming Soon in Tamil Rockers.#2point0November #Rajinikanth #Rajini #SuperStar#TamilRockers #TR”