Actor Vishal’s request to bus owners
South India Artistes Association (Nadigar Sangam) general secretary Vishal has come out with a request to owners of private buses, urging them to stop airing of new films in their vehicles.
In a statement, he said that airing the pirated versions of new films in buses was purely illegal and unlawful. “It is like doing ticketless travel in buses and operating buses without permit,” he said.
Stressing that movies are being made with crores of rupees as budget, he said that piracy is hurting the industry a lot. “I request you all to cooperated with us in ending the piracy menace. Please stop your staff members from screening films on buses,” he said.
Recently, following a complaint raised by Vishal, a private bus driver was arrested for illegally screening Theri starring actor Vijay to passengers in the vehicle during a journey from Bengaluru to Chennai.
A passenger on the bus alerted the actor after the film was screened in the video coach.
Vishal said he asked the passenger who made the complaint to shoot the screening of the film on his mobile phone as proof. Vishal called up the video piracy wing of the Central Crime Branch who stopped the bus near Maduravoyal and arrested the bus driver.