Hyderabad: SS Rajamouli might be on cloud nine after his latest movie Eega got huge success at the Box Office. But the director seems to be spending sleepless nights over his effort to stop piracy of the movie. According to him, the film has been allegedly recorded and released online. Another most disheartening news for him is that 6,55,000 people have downloaded the pirated version of Eega.
Last week, a few B-Tech graduates and software professionals were arrested in Hyderabad in connection with Online Piracy. They were doing it for wrongful gains and were monetizing pirated movies files by posting them and spreading them on torrent sites. The police have caught them red handed tracing their IP addresses.
Addressing an anti-piracy press meet in Hyderabad on July 23, SS Rajamouli hurled his anguish against those who are involved in the piracy act. He said that a theatre in Andhra Pradesh is allowing illegal recordings, which is affecting the collections of his film Eega. Expressing his disappointment, the director added, "We toil for years to make a film and unscrupulous people make a quick buck without any effort."
However, he had received some angry outbursts on his comments on illegal content downloaders at the press conference. Defending his stand, today he has released a statement, which reads, "Somehow my video was interpreted as an "arrogant warning to all NRI's." I apologise if I sounded like that. It was an anguished warning 'only for serious/serial offenders'."
The director added, "Some of the comments were misunderstood, some of them plain stupid and few justified. Here's my expanded version for the misunderstood and justified. Stupids are best ignored. First, whatever I mentioned about antipiracy is not just about Eega but for any film. Second, the action taken is not by me but the AP Film Chamber appointed ANTI VIDEO PIRACY CELL."