Piracy is one-of-the-biggest banes of film industries the world over, and Bollywood is no exception. In fact, the ineptitude of the Indian cyber cell to crack down on online piracy has made Indian film industries more vulnerable to movie bootleggers as compared most other industries the world over. And with the global popularity Bollywood stars and the industry in general enjoys, it’s, obviously, the biggest sufferer of this menace. Pirated sites the world over provide torrents and illegal copies for direct viewing of Hindi films, and producers with the law are still trying to figure out ways to combat this scourge.
Last year itself, saw a steep rise in the number of online file shares of pirated Bollywood movies, with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees topping the list, closely followed by Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil, and Akshay Kumar’s twin hits, Jolly LLB 2 and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, as well as Varun Dhawan’s twin hits, Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Judwaa 2. Just imagine if even half of the pirated copies of these film weren’t shared, how much more money they could have made at the box-office and for the industry at large. Jolly LLB 2, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, and Judwaa 2 could have all been bigger hits than they already are while Raees and Kaabil could have easily achieved ‘clean hit’ status.
The other films to have been pirated a lot last year include the blockbuster Golmaal Again, the trilingual The Ghazi Attack, and a couple of Shraddha Kapoor releases – Half Girlfirend and Ok Jaanu – which failed to do well in theaters but were quite popular online.
Here’s the entire list of the ten most-pirated Bollywood movies of 2017.
|Film||No. of Shares|
|Jolly LLB 2||4.44 million|
|Toilet: Ek Prem Kath||4.27 million|
|Half Girlfirend||4.21 million|
|Badrinath Ki Dulhania||4.02 million|
|Golmaal Again||3.83 million|
|Ok Jaanu||3.66 million|
|The Ghazi Attack||3.43 million|
|Judwaa 2||3.40 million|
Bottom-line: Movie piracy needs to be curbed ASAP!
Iamge Souces: Red Chillies, FilmKraft, and Fox