Rajinikanth's "Kabali" leaked online. Pictured: A movie still from Rajinikanth and Radhika Apte-starrer.PR Handout

Rajinikanth's "Kabali" is the latest victim of film piracy, as the multilingual movie has been leaked online. It is reported that several links are available for downloading the full movie in the Dark Web and the latest development has come as a big shock to the fans.

"We've contacted the authorities to pull down all these unauthorised links to the film," a source told Hindustan Times about the leak. It is shocking to see that the film has been affected by piracy, despite producer Kalaippuli S Thanu obtaining an order from the Madras High Court to prevent illegal downloads from 225 websites and countless other unknown sites.

It may be recalled that a song from Rajinikanth's "Kabali" was leaked online and some miscreants had released a one-minute clip before its formal audio launch.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time a big banner film has been leaked online before its official release. Shahid Kapoor's "Udta Punjab" and "Great Grand Masti" also had to tackle this issue. 

Will the 'Kabali' movie leak affect the film at the box office?
 "Kabali" is made on a budget of Rs. 100 crore and the first weekend collection is crucial for its success at the box office. The major part of the invested money is usually recovered in the opening weekend. With the full movie being leaked online, people are now wondering whether this will have any impact on its business at the box office.

"#Kabali leak: It won't distract #Rajinikanth fans from watching the film. Also makers will not spare any websit as they now have a court backing, [sic]" freelance journalist Priyanka tweeted. Industry insiders feel that the ardent fans of Rajini will prefer to enjoy the film in theatres because watching a Rajinikanth flick in a packed house amid fans' cheers and roars is an entirely different experience. 

Pahlaj Nihalani, the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), is off the opinion 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." 

The online fans of Rajinikanth are apparently not bothered by the leak. "Preview shows are going to leak more content about the film before release.. Don't worry it won't affect anything, [sic]" a fan tweeted.

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