The most pirated film of 2017 is Raees that marked the Bollywood debut of Mahira Khan and co-starred Shah Rukh Khan. According to a German piracy tracker, more than six million users shared Raees in peer-to-peer networks.
“I would love people to see Raees but not this way. It’s frustrating and all the more disheartening because the pirated prints are now getting HD quality. You put so much money and effort and theatrical sales get badly affected,” the film’s director, Rahul Dholakia, told an Indian news outlet.
Dholakia said that the talk of the film being uploaded online had started when it was being released. “I kept getting calls from the United States. On the day of the release, we brought it down on 175 sites.”
The report stated that India accounts for 60 percent of the total file sharers of pirated movies online, while Pakistan accounts for 16 percent. In the list of most pirated movies, Raees was followed by Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil, which was released on the same date as Raees. As per the German piracy tracker, around five million watched Kaabil online.
Here's the top 10 Pirated films. The figures in brackets indicate the number of illegal downloads.
1. Raees (6,187,379)
2. Kaabil (5,263,526)
3. Jolly LLB (4,435,585)
4. Toilet - Ek Prem Katha (4,270,529)
5. Half Girlfriend (4,210,243)
6. Badrinath Ki Dulhania (4,022,014)
7. Golmaal Again (3,832,369)
8. Ok Jaanu (3,657,327)
9. The Ghaazi Attack (3,429,706)
10. Judwaa 2 (3,398,929)