Chhichhore, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, has become a victim of Tamilrockers, the infamous online piracy website. The film, starring Shraddha Kapoor and Sushant SIngh Rajput, was released on Friday, 6th September, and was leaked by the notorious site within a day of its release. The film follows the story of seven college friends -- Anni (Sushant Singh Rajput), Maya (Shraddha Kapoor), Sexa (Varun Sharma), Derek (Tahir Raj Bhasin), Acid (Naveen Polishetty), Mummy (Tushar Pandey), and Bevda (Saharsh Kumar Shukla) -- and received a mostly positive reviews from critics. It earned INR 7.32 crore on its opening day and picked up on the second day due to positive word-of-mouth. (Read our review here.)
Chhichhore is one of many victims of the piracy website. In the recent past, Tamilrockers has leaked many films like Saaho, Judgementall Hai Kya, Kabir Singh, Bharat, India's Most Wanted, Kalank, Gully Boy, De De Pyaar De, Student of the Year 2, Thugs of Hindostan, and Simmba.
Chhichhore Movie Poster
It has also made available, for downloading and online streaming, Netflix original series Sacred Games and top Hollywood flicks like The Lion King, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Toy Story 4, Aladdin, and Avengers: Endgame.
#Chhichhore jumps [67.35%] on Day 2... Glowing word of mouth is converting into enhanced footfalls and in turn, reflecting in its BO numbers... Expect further growth on Day 3... Eyes ₹ 35 cr [+/-] total in its weekend... Fri 7.32 cr, Sat 12.25 cr. Total: ₹ 19.57 cr. #India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 8, 2019
Indian filmmakers have been trying to deal with this menace of online piracy for a long time. In February 2019, members of the Film Federation of India asked for the Cinematograph Act to be modified, as a result of which the government introduced a bill in the Rajya Sabha to impose a strict penalty on piracy. However, despite these complaints and laws in place, filmmakers have been unable to fight online piracy and websites such as Tamilrockers have been leaking top Bollywood, South India and Hollywood films. The website’s managers keep changing its domain extension and the site can be accessed through a proxy server.