The success of the ‘Baahubali’ franchise is dreamlike. Therefore, it is obvious that a few disturbing elements will try to take advantage and spoil the experience for others. When it comes to piracy, the Indian film industry has been trying to fight it out for long.
In yet another encounter with piracy, Karan Johar, the co-producer of the Hindi version of ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’, was approached and threatened by a gang. These men demanded Rs.15 lakh against uploading a pirated HD quality copy of the film on the internet.
Deputy commissioner of police, Avinash Mohanty, said that a man named Rahul Mehta approached the producers as a representative of an “anti-piracy agency”. Mohanty further added,
Mehta showed them a sample video…and informed that release of pirated copy would be withheld for a few days and demanded money.
The producers played smart and kept Rahul Mehta in contact while they informed the police about the case. This resulted in the immediate arrest of the guy from Hyderabad. His accomplices were also arrested from Delhi. However, two other gang members are absconding.
On further probe, the police found out that two of the gang members were arrested before for pirating ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ in 2015. One of the absconders is the owner of a theater in Bihar. He used the encryption key, which is usually provided to theater owners, and made a pirated copy.
As the gang was actively involved in the piracy business, it is favorable for the film industry that some of their enemies are down.