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Kamal Haasan’s ‘Papanasam’ joins ‘Premam’ in facing piracy menace online


Malayalam film Premam faces piracy allegations.

Tamil blockbuster movie ‘Papanasam’ which was released on July 3, has joined other films facing the menace of piracy as the movie was found uploaded online within two days of its release in theatres.

The movie has been directed by Jeethu Joseph and stars Kamal Haasan in the main lead role. Based on Malayalam film “Drishyam”, it has made waves in Kerala and its re-make in Telugu too was a hit.

The Tamil version with Kamal Haasan happened to be the second one to face the menace of piracy as first one was the Malayalam movie ‘Premam’ this year. Telugu film “Attarintiki Daredi” by Pawan Kalyan too faced similar fate before its release.

According to ‘Papanasam’ director Joseph, the piracy issue has been discussed with Kamal Haasan. Suresh Balaji, producer of the movie will lodge a complaint with the anti-piracy wing of Tamil Nadu police today.

“It is really shocking that the pirated copies of the movie have been uploaded in many online sites soon after its release. We will surely take up the issue and fight it legally,” Joseph told PTI.

“Kamal Haasan and Suresh Balaji are expected to lodge a complaint with the cyber cell and anti-piracy wing of Tamil Nadu police today itself,” he added.

“Papanasam” is a remake of ‘Drishyam’ which starred Mohanlal. ‘Papanasam’ star cast includes Gauthami, Asha Sarath and Kalabhavan Mani in prominent roles besides Haasan. The movie, a thriller drama, revolves around the murder of a youth and further developments.

Reportedly, the director has sought the help from a private company to monitor the cyber space to check any attempt to upload the copies of the movie on internet.

According to the report published in DNA,”The company has found that the links of the movie have been uploaded in some of the sites. But they can only remove those uploads but have no capacity to take action against those behind the act,” he said.

Similarly, ‘Premam’ a Malayalam movie also faced a menace of piracy. The movie directed by Alphonse Puthren is running into packed houses in the state was found uploaded on the online sites. The anti-piracy cell has conducted several raids and interrogations. The cell has also questioned Censor Board officials and staff of Chennai based studio which is owned by Bollywood filmmaker Priyadarshan as there were allegations that the movie was leaked from there.

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