OTT has helped reduce piracy, says actor Arun Vijay

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According to actor Arun Vijay, films arriving on over-the-top (OTT) platforms a few months after their theatrical release have played an important role in the fight against piracy.

Vijay, who mainly works in Tamil cinema, said that even his movies fall prey to piracy, including the 2019 super hit ‘Thadam’.

”It (the piracy) has been reduced as the window for movies coming to OTT after theatrical release has been reduced to 21-30 days and so on. “There are people waiting and watching it on OTT on legit sites and it’s good in a way to stop piracy,” the 44-year-old actor told PTI in a Zoom interview.

Vijay is eagerly awaiting the premiere of his debut web series “Tamil Rockerz”, which borrows its title from the hacking site of the same name infamous for leaking upcoming movies, series, music and videos.

Directed by Arivazhagan Venkatachalam of “Eeram” fame, the upcoming thriller follows the journey of cop Rudra (Vijay), who must battle time, unruly fans and an anonymous network of cyber-hackers to secure a massive and highly expected. movie, from the famous hacking group.

The eight-episode fictional series, written by Manoj Kumar Kalaivanan, is backed by AVM Productions.

Through a well-researched series like “Tamil Rockerz”, Vijay said the team’s goal is to make audiences understand the effort and money that goes into making a movie.

“Piracy has affected us all… The whole industry across languages, whether it’s a big movie or a small movie… We’re all waiting for a huge response from audiences in theaters and suddenly your movie is airing on a pirated place.It’s discouraging.

“We’re trying to tell people that so much hard work and money goes into people’s entertainment and respect the filmmakers and creators by watching movies on legitimate sites and theaters,” he said. -he adds.

Vijay said that his character Rudra is a person who does not like to watch movies but it is interesting how he gets involved in this movie piracy business.

“By doing this show, I learned how this whole network works. So much research has gone into this. We hope the audience will enjoy it,” he said.

In the past, the rise of satellite TV has challenged movie theaters and now the exhibition industry is being hit by the OTT boom, he added.

“In every period, there was something that kept people from coming to the theater. But we overcame all those hurdles and had our massive collections (at the box office),” said the actor, known for “Yennai Arindhaal,” “Chakravyuha” and “Oh My Dog.”

“Nowadays there are so many platforms to watch content with a click. They (audiences) are well educated and we need to make movies that make sense and give them a theatrical experience,” he added.

Vijay, who gloated over the success of his Tamil film ‘Yaanai’, said it is up to actors and filmmakers to attract people to cinemas.

“People want to see good cinema in theaters, so it’s up to us as actors how we excite them. There’s pressure and we have to be responsible in selecting the right content.’ “There is a part of the audience who watch content on OTT but it will not affect the cinema, which benefits from a loyal audience (of fans). Bringing the audience to the cinemas is important with content that is worth their money and their time. We are under pressure. We want to give the best of ourselves. ” However, the criteria for choosing a film remain the same, which begins with the script of the actor.

“I don’t want to force anything. I listen to scripts like a spectator. If the scenario excites me, touches me, I say yes. “Then I look at my character, how well it will be presented, how the film will be designed, the musical director, etc. If the content is good, it will be accepted across the country in all languages,” he said. added. .

Next up for Vijay is the Tamil-language spy thriller ‘Borrder’, also directed by Venkatachalam who he previously collaborated with on ‘Eeram’ and ‘Kutram 23’.

The actor hopes people will see “Borrder” on the big screen. A release date for the film has yet to be announced.

Vijay is excited about ‘Gumraah’, the upcoming Hindi remake of ‘Thadam’.

“I’m really happy to have my movie remade and can’t wait to watch it,” he added.

Also starring Vani Bhajan, Ishwarya Menon, Azhagam Perumal, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan and MS Bhaskar in key roles, “Tamil Rockerz” will be available to stream on SonyLIV from Friday.

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