Kannada mega budget film Pailwan (also known as Pehlwaan and Bailwaan) has become a victim of piracy, with the full movie now available online illegally for free streaming and download, on Tamilrockers, a leading torrent website. The action drama movie, which stars Sudeep and Suniel Shetty in lead roles, released on 12th September, and the filmmakers have been unable to stop the leak which may affect box office numbers, especially after the weekend is over. However, the presence of superstar Sudeep and the hype created before the film’s release may still attract fans to watch the movie in theatres rather than online on the piracy website, which regularly uploads Bollywood, Hollywood and South Indian movies.
While the original movie is in Kannada, Pailwan has been dubbed and released in various languages, including Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. Directed by S Krishna, it explores a mentor-disciple relationship between a former wrestler Sarkar (Suniel Shetty) and a talented orphan Krishna aka Khichcha (Sudeep).
A review in The Times of India praised the performances by the lead actors but gave the sports action drama film 2.5 stars, critcising the story and direction. It read, “The relationship between guru and his shishya, which is supposed to form the crux of this tale, is not established well on screen and the director fails to effectively show the bond that binds the two central characters together.” Other reviewers have called the first half weak but the second half “brilliant”. However, the film had a good opening, collecting approximately INR 18 crores on the first day, with full occupancy in theatres across Kannada. It collected about INR 15 crores on the second day, while on the third day, it is expected to collect INR 10 crore in Kannada alone.