Only a week before the release of the film, Madras HC has banned some 169 service providers, 225 websites from distributing Rajinikanth-starrer Kabali illegally.
After news had emerged that the film has been leaked online, Kabali producer S Thanu went to court asking it to prevent illegal downloads and piracy of the film. He writ a petition and enclosed a screenshot of a site claiming that visitors could access 30 films at the rate of 12,000 downloads. The Producer went on to urge that the entire film can be downloaded for as little as Rs 10 which can be sold for around Rs 20-30 at shops. The multi-crore film will have to incur a severe loss.
In his writ petition, the producer sought a direction to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to issue instructions to all service providers to block websites offering illegal download of the film. Senior Counsel for the producer included Tamil Nadu Anti-Piracy Cell as a respondent to ensure compliance.
In the film Kabali is an Indian Tamil-language gangster-drama written and directed by Pa. Ranjith. Rajinikanth plays a Malaysia-based Don, who partners in high-profile promotions and marketing strategies, including Air Asia, Airtel and other brands. Besides Rajinikanth, Taiwanese actor Winston Chao, Radhika Apte, Dhansika, Dinesh Ravi, Kalaiyarasan, and John Vijay star in pivotal roles in the film.
The movie will be dubbed in Hindi, Telugu, and Malayalam. Talks are underway for the film to be dubbed in Thai and Chinese. The film is hugely popular. The teaser released a couple of fo months back has earned some 20 million views within a few days, becoming one of the most watched Indian film teasers.
Kabali is slated for release on 22 July 2016. It’ll be simultaneously released in Singapore and Indonesia. And is also set to premiere at the Le Grand Rex in Paris, France.