Tamil film producer S Thanu moved the Madras High Court on Thursday to prevent the illegal downloads of Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Kabali through 180 websites and “countless unknown sites”.
S Thanu, in his writ petition, sought a direction to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to issue instructions to all service providers to block such websites.
The counsel said they had arranged a live demo of a website to the court, to show that an entire feature film could be downloaded for as little as Rs 10.
From that single copy several thousand copies could be made and sold in the black market, he added.
While the pirates make Rs 20 to 30 a copy, the producers, artists and others involved in the making of a multi-crore film incur a huge loss, he contended.