MNIK leaked on Pakistan
Shah Rukh Khan may have ruffled some feathers in India with his comments supporting Pakistan cricketers, but across the border, it has had a different reaction. Ever since his comments hit the airwaves, the pirated copies of his film My Name is Khan (MNIK) have already done business worth Rs 100 crore in Pakistan.
A week before the film’s release, Pakistani underworld gangs have released lakhs of pirated DVDs in Karachi for
Rs 90 each and even uploaded the film on the Internet. Though Pakistanis had banned Khan’s films after no Pakistani player was picked for IPL 3, his comments changed the situation.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria told MiD DAY that Pakistan’s underworld is heavily into piracy of Bollywood films. Police sources said it has already marketed MNIK though its branches in Dubai, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
He revealed that he had been paying the syndicates through a middle-man in Dubai.
Insiders informed that the masterprints of almost all films are leaked by operators in Mumbai studios for around Rs 30 lakh per print. Abbas from Mumbai and Jairam and Javed from Rajasthan dispatch the stolen DVD to New Delhi from where it is smuggled to Ayaz in Pakistan. It is then duplicated in Malaysia. The copies are then sent to Pakistan and enter India through the Rajasthan border. Local operators duplicate the copies to supply 500 pirated DVDs at Rs 110 each to about 1 lakh dealers. The dealers sell them at the rate of Rs 160. Chennai gets DVDs duplicated in Sri Lanka.
Shakeel’s high-quality DVDs are sold in the city and Gujarat. Kolkata and North East India are supplied by Mansoor Bhai, the DVD kingpin in Bangladesh.
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