Ajith Kumar's "Vedalam" is the latest film to be affected by piracy, as the Tamil movie is now available online. Some Torrent sites have links to the leaked film, which has been downloaded by thousands of people worldwide.
"Vedalam" released worldwide on 10 November, but within hours some websites uploaded it for pircy. The quality of the uploaded video may not be good, but it has certainly affected the film in a big way.
Piracy has been eating into the revenue of the film industry for ages now. The law has clearly failed to protect the interests of the industry despite repeated appeals from film fraternities across the world.
However, the makers of "Vedalam" are yet to respond to the situation. Recently, director Siruthai Siva had requested people to send any pirate link they found on the Internet. He had tweeted: "Ajith's 'Vedalam' movie leaked online; Tamil movie hit by piracy as audience download the film online (sic)."
Meanwhile, Ajith has proved again that he is the King of openings, with "Vedalam" breaking all the existing first day records. On the first day, the movie has raked in Rs 15.5 crore in Tamil Nadu. It has also beaten the records of Rajinikanth's "Lingaa" and Vijay's "Kaththi", which had earned Rs 12.8 crore and 12.5 crore, respectively.
"Vedalam" has performed well at overseas centres, too. The film could perform better if it had not been hit by piracy.
On the other end, "Vedalam" has garnered mixed reviews, and we have to wait and see how much business the film does in the coming days.
Produced by AM Rathnam and directed by Siruthai Siva, "Vedalam" features Shruthi Haasan, Lakshmi Menon, Rahul Dev and Kabir Duhan Singh in important roles.