Rajinikanth's '2.0' movie leaked hours after its release
Rajinikanth's hyped movie 2.0 has hit the theaters today, to the great joy and excitement of fans. Directed by Shankar, the Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson starrer was hailed as one of the biggest movies of the decade, and definitely one of the most expensive ones with a whopping budget of Rs. 550 crore. Unfortunately, it soon got leaked after release. Here's more.
Take what you can, give nothing back
In a shocking turn of events, the active piracy website, TamilRockers, leaked the complete movie in HD print only a few hours after it hit the theaters. The same group had recently leaked Vijay's Sarkar and Dhanush's Vada Chennai. What is astounding is not the speed at which they leaked it, but the quality. Notably, most early pirated versions of movies are hall prints.
What are hall print leaks?
A hall print leak in piracy terms usually means a handheld or hidden camera is used to record the movie playing on the hall's screen, which is then uploaded to the torrent sites. It is usually the worst and earliest copies available.
Bracing against the onslaught of pirates
Considering a lot of money went into the making of 2.0, the filmmakers were expecting huge returns on their investment which they realized, could be potentially thwarted by pirates. Thus they deployed a separate team monitoring online piracy. The team, headed by actor Vishal, had submitted a list of websites posting pirated films to the state government. Though they were blocked, TamilRockers was unstoppable.
Strict action against pirates
Reports suggest that the film's producers, Lyca Productions Private Limited, approached the Madras High Court armed with a list of websites which had illegally uploaded pirated versions of their movie. However, there is no official confirmation regarding the same.
Movie performance and the evils of piracy
2.0 had a strong box-office opening despite mixed reviews from critics. While Rajinikanth's popularity alone is enough to draw crowds despite the film being leaked, piracy hurts the filmmakers economically. A lot of effort goes into filmmaking and teams put in hard work every day to complete a project. The least we can do is respect them and pay up to see the movie.