By: Settu Shankar
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Superstar Rajini's Shivaji is now available for $ 4.95. This illegal release of the magnum opus has spread shockwaves among the producer and exhibitors of Shivaji all over the world. Though the quality of the internet version is very poor, browsers have been keen in downloading the film in many browsing centers at Bangalore and Chennai.
The film has been released in more than 1000 theaters all over the world on June 15th and is still running to packed houses. In Chennai, no tickets are available for the film till the first week of July. In Abhirami Mega Mall, tickets have been sold out even for the second week of July . In Bengalooru, some fans paid even Rs.1000 per ticket to view the film.
Yet another site also released the full version of Shivaji on the net.
When this correspondent queried about the internet release of Shivaji, the overseas distributor of the film, Karunamoorthy of Ayngaran International said, 'we have not given any right to the above said portals to release Shivaji on the net. I suspect somebody has recorded the film in a theater on his mobile video camera and uploaded it for free on some sites. It is a very common incident abroad, and happened for many big films. But one thing is for sure, a viewer won't be satisfied with the poor picture quality of a blockbuster like Shivaji. Anyway, such things must be avoided at all costs...'