Shivarajkumar is beyond any doubt, one of the biggest and most revered stars in the Kannada film industry today. Fondly referred to as the 'Simple Ruling King', the skilled veteran enjoys a strong fan following courtesy his stunning screen presence, dashing looks and impressive versatility as a performer. A legend in his own right, Shivanna has also won the hearts of countless movie-goers courtesy his bold yet humble nature. At present, he is in the limelight because of his latest release The Villain. The film hit the screens nearly a month ago and it is still going strong at the box office. Now, here is some shocking news for all you The Villain fans.
The Villain Hit By Piracy
In a worrying development, it seems that The Villain has fallen prey to piracy, even though it is still playing in the theatres. Quite a few links encouraging 'free downloading' of The Villain are going viral on the internet and creating a buzz for all the wrong reasons.
It Will Not Affect The BO Collections
The Villain has already created history at the box office and set numerous records. Moreover, it has already been playing in the theatres for a month. As such, the leak is unlikely to cause much effect on its box office collections. That said and done, this is a condemnable act and we hope such a thing never happens again.
The problem of piracy has been haunting the Telugu and Telugu film industries for quite some time now. U Turn, Kaala and 96 are just a few of the recent films that have suffered losses because of piracy. Similarly, the recent supernatural-thriller Taxiwala was leaked online by Tamilrockers even before its release. Judging by what has happened to The Villain, it seems that the Kannada film industry too is no longer immune to piracy.
Previously, several government agencies had taken steps to control/eradicate piracy. However, the problem has not been solved yet. Let us hope that those in authority find a concrete solution at the earliest and ensure no film ever suffers because of piracy.