Piracy is a serious issue that filmmakers face these days, as most movies are uploaded online even when they are running successfully in theatres. After the much-talked-about piracy row of the Malayalam movie "Premam", young superstar Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy's "Charlie" has become the latest prey of piracy, as CDs of the movie are being sold by street vendors in various parts of Bengaluru and other cities.
The Martin Prakkat directorial had opened to positive response and was doing good business, with a record collection of Rs 2.15 crore on the opening day itself. The movie is said to have grossed Rs 12.81crore within 11 days of its release in India. However, the collections have been reportedly witnessing a slowdown after the New Year weekend in India, and it is understood that pirated copies of the movie are in high demand.
However, even though the "Premam" piracy row was seriously discussed in Kerala, with pirated copies of "Charlie" being sold publicly, it must be understood that this issue is not easy to be resolved these days. Earlier, after the censor copy of Alphonse Puthren's directorial "Premam" leaked online, the anti-piracy cell had arrested three censor board employees and three school students in connection with case. The piracy row had affected theatre occupancy and collection of the film, starring Nivin Pauly, Anupama Parameshwaran, Sai Pallavi and Madonna Sebastian.
Meanwhile, "Charlie" has also been released in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the US, and will be released in the Gulf countries on 7 January. The movie is expected to do good business at the worlwide box office as well.