Even as the fourth Gujarati film Thai Jashe got leaked online recently, Dhollywood film producers have demanded the state government to step in and create stringent laws to curb leaks and piracy. The film which was got leaked recently had been released on June 3 across 150 theatres and 350 screens in multiplexes in Gujarat and Maharashtra and had already crossed over Rs 4 crore in box office collections.
Made with a budget of Rs 2.25 crore, the makers had also submitted the film to the department that provides entertainment tax exemption to Gujarati films.
“Around 2-3 days ago we came to know that our film has been leaked and has been doing the round in mobiles and laptops. We immediately filed a complaint with the Anand Nagar police station, the Cyber Crime Cell at Crime Branch in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad and also approached the Chief Minister’s Office, the home department and the DIG of Ahmedabad to nab those involved in leaking it and thereby stop the piracy of the film. The ACP of the Cyber Crime cell has assured us that a probe will be conducted,” said Ajay Patel, Producer of Thai Jashe at a press meet on Tuesday.
Thai Jashe is the latest Gujarati film to have got leaked after films like Kevi Rite Jaish, Gujjubhai The Great and Chello Divas. Earlier this February 2, clerks at the Entertainment Tax Commissioner (ETC) in Gandhinagar were arrested for leaking a copy of Chello Divas on YouTube last year.
Many Gujarati film fraternity stalwarts, including film directors like Ashish Kakkad, Nirav Barot, director of Thai Jashe, Sandip Patel and Abhishek Jain called for more stringent laws framed for safeguarding Gujarati films at the meet and called such leaks and piracy ‘a crime’. Abshisehk Jain, director of Kevi Rite Jaish said, “Unlike Hindi films, Gujarati movies have a very precise market and there is already a dearth of second time producers in the industry because of these leaks.”