At a recent press meet, intended to promote Vishal's upcoming film Marudhu, the Sandakozhi actor spoke about piracy - an issue that's been haunting him for quite some time now.
"If I find a pirated CD of my film 'Marudhu', I will go on to find the theatre in which the film was recorded illegally and will submit my report to Producers Council. If no action is taken, I will let you know about my next course of action," a visibly emotional Vishal said.
Also, he said that this time around he will strive to put an end to piracy no matter what.
"We have to protest together by taking the fight to the streets as it is not possible to develop cinema from home. We all have to be united and move forward to kill piracy. I know how my co-actors and actresses suffer because of piracy and it is time to stop it, come what may," he said.
His comments, even though noble, has flared up popular distributor and theatre owner, Tirupur Subramaniam. Talking to New Tamil Cinema.com, Subramaniam has urged Vishal and others to stop blaming Tamil Nadu theatres for piracy.
"Most of the pirated CDs come from overseas centres and not from Tamil Nadu. Stop selling everything to overseas markets in order to stop piracy. If need be, release the film two weeks later in all foreign locations," he said.
Subramaniam said it is not right to generalize the issue and blame all theatre owners of Tamil Nadu.
"Since there are no major profits in low-end theatres, owners cannot afford employees who can stop piracy. Also, these things usually happen after 2 in the night when the theatre's watchman or operator coordinate with the miscreants. Like every field that has its traitor, cinema halls too, may have a traitor or two, but it is not right to blame all theatre owners," Subramaniam said.