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Last month, the charming Vijay Deverakonda received some bad news when his much-hyped NOTA opened to a lukewarm response at the box office and failed to impress the audience. Directed by Anand Shankar, the film was a political-thriller and it raised a few hard-hitting questions about the system. This, however, wasn't enough to prevent it from being a disaster. With the setback behind him, Vijay Deverakonda is gearing up for the release of Taxiwala. The film is a supernatural-thriller and it has created a great deal of buzz amongst the fans.
Now, here is some disturbing news for all those who are looking forward to Taxiwala.
Taxiwala Falls Prey To Piracy
According to a leading website, the full movie has been leaked online for 'free downloading' even before its release. Apparently, a group of miscreants leaked an 'unfinished' copy of Taxiwala some time ago and the same links are going viral now.
Vijay Deverakonda Condemns The Leak
Condemning the leak, Vijay Deverakonda released a video and asked his fans to refrain from watching the pirated movie. He also compared the unfinished film to a bowl of uncooked pasta and used humour to make his point. Commenting on the matter, he added that the government should act against such miscreants and put an end to piracy.
His Exact Words
"We made our point through laughter rather than rage and tears. Those who do these things (film piracy) are not going to be daunted by threats or emotional ourbursts. Until the government clamps down heavily on piracy I feel the best way to combat the menace is to appeal to fans." - (sic)
Piracy is one of the biggest challenges facing the film industry today. Recently, the Tamil biggie, Sarkar was leaked online within a day of its release and this took a toll on its collections. Similarly, the Tollywood action-drama Aravinda Sametha and the Bollywood film Thugs Of Hindostan too fell prey to piracy within hours of hitting the screens.
In the past, several government agencies have taken steps to curb the menace of piracy. However, the problem clearly still persists. Let us hope that a concrete solution is found at the earliest. Piracy is totally unacceptable and it must not be overlooked under any circumstances.