Even as a battle of words between Gnanavel Raja, the producer of the Tamil film, Singam 3, and the administrators of a website indulging in video piracy reached a frenzied pitch, the film’s director, Hari, has made an emotional appeal to the website’s administrators, asking them not to indulge in activities that could crush the film industry.
In a statement issued to the media, the director said, “I do not know everything about the website in question. But I would like to make a request to those associated with this site.
“I wish to ask them, ‘Who are you angry with?’ Why are you destroying a movie like this? What are you going to gain out of it? Nothing at all. If you were to sit and think for 10 minutes about what you are about to do, you will realise that it is wrong. You will definitely feel, ‘Why is it that I am committing this sin?’ Over a thousand people and three hundred technicians benefit through a producer. If you crush a producer, he will not produce another film. The film industry itself will be crushed. What are you going to gain by crushing an industry?,” the director asked.
“Cinema is a profession. It is not politics. All those in this profession are struggling hard to please you. No one here scores a cent per cent win nor does one make a 100 per cent. So, as it is we are in a dangerous situation and in such a scenario, why are you putting us to hardship? Please discard all of this. Announce on Twitter that you will not indulge in these kind of activities. The entire world will applaud you. Please do not destroy us,” he appealed.
Hari further said, “Have you ever come across an industry in which people work for anywhere between 18 to 21 hours in a day? If there is, then the Labour department is sure to send a notice to the concerned organisation and the industry as to why employees are being exploited. However, as artistes and professionals, we exert ourselves to create something wonderful. As we do this willingly and as the Labour department is aware of the fact that we exert ourselves willingly, they do not issue notices to us.”
“Please think about what you are doing and stop yourself from committing this mistake,” he appealed to the website.
It may be recalled that producer Gnanavel Raja had, in the audio launch function of Yaman, come down hard on the administrators of the site and had vowed to throw them behind bars. The producer’s statements triggered an acrimonious response from the latter. It is in this scenario that Hari has come out with his appeal. Now, how the administrators of the website will respond to Hari’s appeal is something only time will tell.