SS Rajamouli's Baahubali 2 had emerged online hours after the movie was screened abroad. Many torrent sites, including Tamilrockers, had uploaded the complete movie with prints of varying quality online. Now, the police have arrested 16 people in connection with the case, and are on the lookout for others behind the piracy of the movie.
The Chennai Police acted upon the complaint filed by Vishal, the president of Producers' Council and the secretary of the Nadigar Sangam. They arrested 16 people on Sunday, May 7, and seized 2,100 pirated DVDs of Baahubali 2, the Times of India reported.
"We provided the commissioner with information related to illegal uploading of the film Bahubali 2. We have identified and listed out many websites and the IP addresses from which the film was uploaded for illegal downloading," the publication quoted Vishal as saying.
Along with copies of Baahubali 2, the police also seized the pirated DVDs of some other recently-released movies, including Vijay Sethupathi's Kavan, Nayanthara's Dora and Dhanush's Pa Paandi.
Vishal has specifically mentioned in the complaint that the Tamilrockers torrent site was allowing the illegal uploading on its site. He had raised his voice against the site on earlier occasions too, and promised to get it shut since it was taking a toll on the business of the film industry.
He has also brought the police's attention towards illegal screening by cable operators.
Meanwhile, Baahubali 2 has become a landmark in Indian cinema by minting Rs 1,000 crore. It achieved this feat on Saturday, May 6.