In a concerning turn of events, the much-anticipated film ‘The Kerala Story’ has fallen victim to online piracy. The film which was released in theaters on 5th May 2023 has been generating significant attention, not only due to its subject matter but also because of the political uproar it has caused. The leaked version of the film, now available on various torrent websites, has sparked debates surrounding its content and the repercussions of online piracy.
Piracy Strikes ‘The Kerala Story’
Reports suggest that ‘The Kerala Story’ was leaked online by unidentified individuals who uploaded the film onto infamous torrent websites like Filmyzilla, Filmywap, FilmyFly, Onlinemoviewatches, 123movies, 123movierulz, Telegram, Tamilrockers, among others, have made the film accessible for streaming and free download. It is important to note that piracy is considered a criminal offense in India.
Makers Considering Action Against Piracy
The makers of ‘The Kerala Story’ are understandably distressed by the leak and are contemplating taking strict action against those responsible for its online distribution to protect their film’s intellectual property rights but also because piracy can significantly impact the movie’s box office performance and revenue.
About ‘The Kerala Story’
Starring Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Siddhi Idnani, and Sonia Balani in lead roles, ‘The Kerala Story’ is a film directed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. It claims to be based on true stories of Kerala women who were deceived and trafficked by ISIS to Iraq and Syria through the controversial concept of “Love Jihad.” The film’s narrative explores the harrowing experiences faced by these women.
Political Backlash and Legal Pleas
Even before its release, ‘The Kerala Story’ stirred political controversies and debates across the country. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan criticized the film, accusing it of promoting communal polarization and spreading hate propaganda against Kerala. A plea was also filed in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on the film. However, the apex court refused to entertain the plea, allowing the film to proceed with its release.
The leakage of ‘The Kerala Story’ online shortly after its theatrical release highlights the persistent issue of piracy in the film industry. This incident not only poses a threat to the revenue of the movie but also raises concerns about the protection of intellectual property rights. As the makers contemplate taking legal action against those responsible for the leak, it serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by filmmakers in safeguarding their creative work from unauthorized distribution.Related posts