There were reports that "Kabali" movie was leaked online and the full film was available for download in the Dark Web. However, producer Kalaippuli S Thanu has now denied the news and said that they have taken all measures to ensure that it does not make it to illegal websites online.
"No leak. (These are) all rumours. We are taking all efforts to block these piracy sites," Kalaippuli S Thanu told IANS. It has to be noted that Kalaippuli S Thanu has obtained an order from the Madras High Court to prevent illegal downloads from 225 websites and countless other unknown sites.
A section of the media had reported that "Kabali" was the latest movie to be hit by piracy as it was leaked by some miscreants in the Dark Web. "We've contacted the authorities to pull down all these unauthorised links to the film," a source had told Hindustan Times about the leak.
This had raised concerns over its prospects at the box office. But the online fans of Rajinikanth had displayed their confidence on its success at the collection centres as they proudly claimed that they will watch "Kabali" in theatres and will not encourage piracy.
Pahlaj Nihalani, the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), had also told the daily that such leaks do not have any impact on big banner films. "I don't think collections of films with iconic stars get affected by the leakage. It is the smaller films featuring non-A-listers which get hit by the leakage. Great Grand Masti is a case in point."
"Kabali" is releasing worldwide on July 22 in three languages (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi). The total screen count for the versions of the movie stands at 4,500.
Pre-booking for "Kabali" has started in several cities and tickets in the main centres have been completed sold out. The exhibitors are now forced to have additional and special shows to meet the huge demand.
Pa Ranjith's "Kabali" has Radhika Apte in the female lead role.