Piracy has become a major issue for filmmakers these days as movies are hitting the cyber world even before they are released in theatres. In a time when the uncensored copy of Bollywood movie "Udta Punjab" was leaked online a day before its release, a Malayalam movie has also fallen victim to cyber piracy.
The Dulquer Salmaan-starrer "Kammatipaadam," which is still running successfully in big screens, was uploaded on a Facebook page named Balcony Pictures Entertainment on Sunday, June 19. Sources close to Global United Media have told International Business Times India that the production house has registered a complaint with the Kerala cyber cell against the Facebook page and the investigation is said to be underway. Following the complaint, the social media page, which uploaded the full movie, has been taken down.
Apart from "Kammatipaadam," Dulquer's blockbuster "Kali" was also uploaded on Facebook by Balcony Pictures Entertainment. The admin of the entertainment page had shared the videos with the caption "Share it immediately before it gets deleted." The makers of Sameer Thahir-directed "Kali" were planning to release the DVD of Dulquer and Sai Pallavi-starrer in the coming week.
"Kammatipaadam" has been hit by piracy issue even before the movie is released in the overseas markets -- Australia and New Zealand. The thriller, which bagged 'A' certification by the Kerala censor board, was released in the U.K on June 17 and has been rated as a 12A movie enabling kids under the age of 12 to watch the film with an adult, with three minor cuts by the British Board of Film Classification. Meanwhile, the Dulquer movie has been performing well at the U.S box office with a gross collection of approximately $28,482 (Rs. 19.13 lakh) within three weeks at the American box office.