Piracy is originally defined as the act of robbery or criminal violence at sea! ( even I was shocked?!?!) Nowadays, these PIRATES are out of the sea; they’ve entered the glamorous world of cinema! Yes, it’s the sad truth of the film industry. The whole team of any movie, right from the director to the producer, film stars to the spot boys work under the scorching sun to windy-noons and literally spend sleepless nights to finish up a 3-hour movie packed with entertainment! Piracy is that Black Hole, which, if not controlled, will submerge the shine of this scintillating industry into it!
Pirated movies are packaged in unauthenticated DVDs and are available in local shops at a much lower cost. Moreover, it has oftentimes been noticed that they are being distributed in the market even before the release of the original movie. Recently, this happened with one of the greatest movies of the decade- MANJHI: THE MOUNTAIN MAN!
The movie Manjhi is based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi, who broke a mountain and carved a road in between to make it easy for the villagers to travel. This film depicts eternal love and portrays Manjhi and his wife’s relationship, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte playing the leads. The preview copy of this film got leaked online just one week before the release! This shook the entire team.
When asked about it, Radhika Apte described the whole incident as ‘SADDENING’.
The leak has affected the Box office collection and shaken the confidence and trust of the people!
Before Manjhi, one of the most talked-about movies this year, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN starring Salman Khan, which had a huge impact on both the Indian and the Pakistani audience, also got leaked and was available online beforehand!!
All the reasons I stated above are only secondary, whereas the primary reason is the generation’s ethics! On one side, we talk about the cause of piracy and may-hems caused by it. We show concern about it and also show a sense of protest against these crimes. On the other hand, we are the ones who actually download or exchange pirated movies; this is especially common amongst college students! We feel happy that we saved money that we would have spent in theatres and watched the movie for free! We act like we did something so impressive, just like winning the gold medal in any local competition. I do consider the fact that saving money is good… but saving money that deploys our ethics is not correct!
There is only one way to stop this! Stop watching pirated movies from now on. And stop exchanging and downloading them as well. If we refuse to accept it, sadly, we will not bring in any changes to the pathetic scenario existing.
Lets us all take the initiative to end piracy.