The biggest of all problems that bogs down the film industry, not just in Tamil Nadu, but across the globe is piracy. Every little effort and hard work put in by hundreds of people towards making a film is mercilessly stolen by a few. Despite the government coming out with strict laws to curb piracy, it still remains a menace that could not be eradicated.
While several actors like Sarathkumar, Vishal, Radhika Sarathkumar and others have lodged complaints with the police to nail down the people responsible for selling pirated CDs, the goons still continue to flood the market with new releases.
Recently, Parthiban lodged a police complaint and not wanting to remain a mute spectator, jumped into action to crack down the criminals himself. He organised teams of his own assistants to nab the culprits and did it successfully to some extent. However, the CDs of Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam are still available, which made the director announce that he is contemplating on selling the CDs himself for a reasonable price.
Parthiban also stirred up the hornet’s nest with the allegation that some theatre owners are involved in helping the pirates. Despite several film unions passing resolutions to fight against piracy, the menace is yet to be curbed.
During the release of Vishwaroopam, Kamal Haasan had said that he will premiere the film on DTH so as to put an end to the pirated CD makers, but had to bow down to the pressure of the theatre owners, who were worried that the move would eat into a major share of their revenue.
Had the DTH premiere been a success, then it would have been the death bell for piracy. Unfortunately, it did not happen and menace continues…