Tovino Thomas and Wamiqa Gabbi starrer Godha released on May 19, 2017, and has been receiving great response from viewers and critics. The film is being referred to as Kerala Dangal since it is set in a sports backdrop. However, Godha has suffered a major setback in the state of Kerala after pirated videos of the complete film are doing rounds on social media.
The video has gone viral already on social media and is watched by thousands of users. The director of the film Basil Joseph along with producer CV Sarathi has filed a complaint with the Cyber cell and working closely with the police to bring down the video from social media. Speaking about this, Basil told a leading daily,” We have entrusted two of the best companies in India along with the support of Kerala Film Producers Association and Kerala Film Chamber to investigate the matter. So far, we have received around 359 IP numbers and we are in discussion with the legal team for filing a mass action lawsuit. The investigation team has assured us that under 3 to 4 days, they will pinpoint the exact theatre were the pirated video was taken. Let this not happen to any other movie in our industry, let us all stand together to find the exact culprits. Meanwhile thank you all once again for being with us and thank you for making Godha a big success.“
A disappointed CV Sarathi said that the piracy is killing the film industry and it will hurt more after the GST comes into implementation. “With the implementation of GST, come August 1st we may end up paying 54% tax per ticket… pirated copies of all the recently released movies like Sakhavu, Lakshyam, CIA and Godha are out on the net. Ours is a state where we have given more than 25 crores theatrical share for Baahubali 2 despite it’s pirated copies circulating from day two of its release…So the audience is not averse to coming into theatres…We cannot match neither their grandeur nor their huge budgets with our limitations,” said the producer.
Piracy has become a menace for the film industries across India and the lawmakers are trying to hard to find a solution to this. In 2016, a 9-minute video of Baahubali 2 was leaked by one of its assistant editors, however, he was caught by the investigating officials and the video was brought down from the internet.