Vijay’s much-awaited film ‘Master,’ due for release on January 13, has been leaked on the internet. Film director Lokesh Kanagaraj and producer XB Film Creators have requested people not to share the leaked clips on the internet.
“Dear all it’s been a 1.5 year long struggle to bring Master to u. All we have is hope that you’ll enjoy it in theatres. If u come across leaked clips from the movie, please don’t share it. Thank u all. Love u all. One more day and ‘Master’ is all yours,” Kanagaraj tweeted.
Many others involved with the film too have requested netizens not to watch and share the leaked video clips. They have also asked fans to report such clips so that they can block such links.
The Tamil Nadu government allowed full occupancy in the theatres of the state after Vijay and actor Simbu requested for government support in the release of their films. Simbu’s ‘Eeswaran’ is due for release on January 14.
‘Master’ is one of the most awaited films of the year — Vijay Sethupathi, who plays the antagonist, will be sparring with Vijay. Fans are expected to watch some high-quality action sequences. The action-packed movie has Malavika Mohanan, Arjun Das, Andrea Jeremiah, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Nassar amongst others.
Anirudh Ravichander has composed music for the film, while Sathyan Sooryan has led its cinematography. The film’s songs and background music have already become a hit. The film was to be released on Diwali but was deferred due to COVID-19.
Online film piracy rose 62% in India in March last year compared with the last week of February, according to digital piracy authority MUSO. The messages by the ISPs, displayed when users try to open blocked websites, said, “Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents is punishable as an offence under different sections of the Copyright Act, 1957.”
A Bombay High Court order in 2016 had said: “Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents is punishable as an offence under different sections of the Copyright Act 1957.”
It had, however, said that viewing a pirated copy is not a crime. “The offence is not in viewing, but making a prejudicial distribution, a public exhibition or letting for sale or hire without appropriate permission copyright-protected material”.