Due to the delay in its release in home state Tamil Nadu, Vijay's much-awaited action drama "Thalaivaa" is now facing piracy problems.
The release of Tamil film "Thalaivaa" was scheduled to hit screens on Eid along with "Chennai Express", but it got delayed due to unconfirmed reasons. Except for the home state, the film was released in other circuits including Karnataka, Mumbai and Kerala.
The film's makers are now worried that the screening of the film in other states will lead to the sale of pirated DVDs which will affect its box office earnings.
"Since the movie has already released overseas we have to release the movie immediately or pirated DVDs will flood the market and the box office take will be severely hit," a close associate of Vijay told The Times of India last week.
On late Sunday, Vijay's publicity office released a statement asking fans to inform the police if they found any pirated DVDs or CDs.
"Creating and selling private DVDs is against the law. I request my fans to let the police know, in case they come across such happenings," Vijay said, according to Behindwoods.com.
Vijay also thanked police for confiscating thousands of pirated CDs of Thalaivaa in Salem, The Times of India reported.
"I understand that it is disappointing to many that 'Thalaivaa' has not yet been released in Tamil Nadu alone. But this does not mean hotbed for nefarious activities like piracy of the movie. Preparing, selling or watching movies of pirated CDs is a criminal offense and I am proud of the police and the fan club, who have immediately acted on the issue," Vijay said, according to India Glitz.