With Rajinikanth-starrer Kabali joining the league of ill-fated big films that are victims of piracy, Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Kangana Ranaut and filmmaker Imtiaz Ali have expressed concerns piracy issues in the industry.
“Piracy should not happen. Don’t ask me such deep questions at night. Ask me some simple questions,” Shah Rukh Khan said at a special screening of Madaari in Mumbai.
Recently, films like Udta Punjab and Great Grand Masti were leaked online even before they hit the screens.
Kangana Ranaut, who was also present at the screening, said, “That’s very sad for our industry, we work very hard. I think it is violation and people should stop doing it. This sort of stealing is not acceptable in any society. We have to make sure we don’t encourage such behaviour, it is bad behaviour.”
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Imtiaz, who is gearing up for his next film with Shah Rukh, said it is a grave crime and people who indulge in it should understand that. “It’s a very sad thing. People do not understand what kind of a serious crime it is. The audience who indulge in piracy also does not realise how it is hurting the actors, directors, movie-makers...they should really think about it. It is very harmful for the film industry,” the filmmaker said.
Irrfan, who was also present at the screening, said piracy has become a bigger threat to films than Hollywood. “That’s a huge threat, biggest threat. Piracy is a bigger threat than Hollywood, the way it is leaking online. I wish all the film industries of different regions can come together and ask the government that we need to stop it,” Irrfan said.
The actors were speaking at a special screening of Irrfan Khan-starrer Madaari, which releases on Friday.
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