Telugu film NTR: Mahanayakudu starring Vidya Balan, Nandamuri Kalyan Ram and Rana Daggubati leaked by notorious site Tamil Rockers. Not only this film but Tamil film LKG starring RJ Balaji and Priya Anand has been also leaked by Tamil Rockers. Piracy is really proving to be a menace for filmmakers, with Tamil Rockers being the biggest culprit of the indiscriminate leaking of new releases online.
NTR: Mhanayakudu is based on the journey of the legendary Telugu actor, filmmaker and ex-Chief Minister Late Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri.
LKG is based on the small-time politician who dreams to become a Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, Priya Prakash Varrier’s film Oru Adaar Love was leaked online by the piracy site. Tamil Rockers has been involved in the leaking of full movies online for a long time, and despite action being taken by law enforcement agencies, they are still operating with impunity. The team of Tamil Rockers keeps changing their domain name constantly, making it difficult to track them.
The movies which have fallen victim to the piracy website this year are, Simmba, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, The Accidental Prime Minister, Uri: The Surgical Strike, NTR Kathanayakudu, Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven, Thackeray, and Gully Boy.
Last year Ajith’s Viswasam and Rajinikanth’s Petta had been leaked on the website. The other movies which faced a similar fate were 2.0, Thugs Of Hindostan, Sarkar, Kaala and Vishwaroopam 2.
Preventing piracy from happening has been a difficult task, and despite laws, it still continues unchecked. The government had on February 12 introduced a bill in Rajya Sabha to amend the Cinematograph Act and impose a strict penalty to combat the menace of film piracy.
To check piracy, particularly the release of pirated versions of films on the internet which causes huge losses to the film industry and the exchequer, the bill proposes to make film piracy offences punishable with imprisonment of up to three years and fines that may extend to Rs 10 lakh or both.