Rajinikanth has been bashing goons for decades in his films, but his latest release Kabali, can’t seem to evade them. Online bootleggers have threatened Kabali since before its release. Now, an HD version of the film has been leaked online, as per a report in The News Minute.
Pirates, possibly in Malaysia, have leaked Kabali on a website and have issued a warning to the film’s Malaysian distributor, Malik Streams Corporation.
In a note addressed to the distributor, the pirates say: “Special note : Malik streams corporation SDN BHD. If you send gangsters to CD shop’s to ‘collect’ money then this will be the gift for all the movies u distribute.” (sic)
From this message it is to be understood that distributors extort shops that sell pirated CDs. However, this remains an unconfirmed theory.
A day before its worldwide release on July 22, there was news that a two-minute introductory clip of the film had been leaked online. According to an IANS source, the leak might have happened from the Gulf. “The leaked clip features Arabic subtitles too. Hence, it must have originated from the Gulf. The team is trying to find the source of the leak,” said a source.
The film was later released on Vimeo and other Tamil web sites. However, most of the earlier prints seem to have been recorded in the theatres as the cheers and whistles of audience could be heard.