Nivin Pauly and Sai Pallavi in "Premam" posterFacebook/ Premam

Even after two weeks of its release, Alphonse Puthren's latest outing "Premam" is doing a roaring business in India and abroad.

Recently, a few reports had stated that a Keralite, residing in Australia, was arrested for downloading the censor board copy of the Nivin Pauly starrer from the Internet.

The news emerged just days after Australia passed the controversial anti-piracy website- blocking legislation, which blocks access to sites that offer copyright contents for free on the basis of online infringement.

However, now sources told IBTimes the news about the arrest of Melbourne-based engineer Aneesh Jecob (28) from Palai, Kottayam, is fake.

"The news is fake, I have been settling in Melbourne for the past 3-4 years and most of the Malayalis know each other here, there isn't anyone named Aneesh Jacob and as far as we know no Malayali is arrested for downloading Nivin Pauly's 'Premam'," said a resident (who doesn't want to disclose the name) in Melbourne. 

Meanwhile, another online Malayalam news portal also reported on the matter, which mentioned that the fake news might be the brainchild of the film's distributors in Australia, to frighten people from downloading the movie.

It has to be noted that some of Australian Malayalam newspapers have also reported that the news is fake.

"Premam", which stars Nivin, Anupama Parameshwaran, Sai Pallavi and Madonna Sebastian in the lead roles, has collected $159,398 (₹1.01crore), according to the second weekend box office collection reports.