Total Dhamaal has become the latest movie to fall victim to piracy, courtesy the scourge of filmmakers – Tamil Rockers. The movie, starring Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Johnny Lever, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Riteish Deshmukh and Sanjay Mishra, had got off to a good start at the box office when it released on February 22.
The adventure-comedy, which was directed and co-produced by Indra Kumar, had minted Rs 16.50 crore on the first day, but if Tamil Rockers has released the full movie online, it would mean the business of the film would be affected in the coming days.
This is not the first time that Tamil Rockers has leaked new movies on their website. Most of the movies that were released last year were the very next day of their release leaked online, with access given to all to download them for free. And despite the government’s efforts, the piracy website is still operating with impunity.
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 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.