Piracy is one of the haunting factors that is suppressing the Indian cinema to a great extent. When theatres remained shut for months in the wake of the global pandemic, many thought that the piracy is going to die down. But, to everyone's surprise, it proliferated to great extents with direct OTT releases, which are more easy prey to it. Encouraging this illegal act, some of the local TV channels also started telecasting the pirated copies of new movies within days of release in OTT platforms, causing huge losses to TV channels that shelled out huge to acquire the satellite rights.
While we haven't yet forgotten the incident of ETV suing a local channel for airing Satya Dev starrer Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya illegally, Anushka Shetty's latest crime thriller Nishabdam joined the list. Nishabdam got released on Amazon Prime on 2nd October, and within few days of release, a local channel telecasted the film. Knowing about this, makers have initiated legal action and sued the local channel with 1.1 Cr as compensation. Even Amazon Prime is said to have demanded 30 lakhs from the local channel.
Looks like the local TV channels are completely ignoring the business deals and deliberately landing in trouble with their actions.