Kottayam: It was on April 22, the last Friday, that Malayalam director Ranjith’s much-awaited movie Leela released simultaneously in theatres across India and online for audience outside the nation. Just four days after that, the movie is hit by piracy and a high-definition (HD) print of the movie is available on torrents, the popular file distribution system.
As of now, two uploaders have uploaded top-quality prints of the movie through their torrent accounts.
Earlier, Onmanorama had reported that the movie was also uploaded on Facebook.
The source of the quality print in torrent sites is obvious – the paid online release of the movie. Leela was the first Malayalam movie to have a simultaneous online release and the move was welcomed by hundreds of Keralite film lovers across the globe.
The film was released on Internet by reelax.in under Eram group headquartered in Dubai. After registering on the site, an amount of 45 dirham (15 USD) has to be paid to watch the movie in HD quality.
The movie will be available for a period of 24 hours for the paid viewer and it can be watched multiple number of times within that period. The torrent uploaders of Leela may have possibly used movie recorder software to make their copies. Though the movie displays the logged in user’s credentials at places, it is easy for one to mask it. Swinging into action, the reelax team said they have filed complaints with the police and cyber cell.
Even before the release, many movie buffs had expressed their concerns that if not foolproof, Leela would be made available on torrents.
When we checked, the torrent files, uploaded on Tuesday, have thousands of people downloading the movie and the number is going up as you read this.
We hope that Ranjith and co. will overcome this piracy hurdle.