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"Imsai Arasan" a box-office hit despite piracy

S.R. Ashok Kumar

Film said to be running to full houses



A scene from the movie

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government recently launched an all-out offensive against video piracy. The city crime branch police raided various scores of shops during the last few weeks and seized a large number of pirated CDs.

When Greater Chennai Police Commissioner Letika Saran spoke to the press recently she mentioned that several pirated CDs were of the Tamil film "Imsai Arasan 23 Pulikesi".

Proliferation of pirated versions may be an index of the film's mass appeal, but this is not something that filmmakers will be happy about.

The director of the movie Simbudevan is all praise for the police and the government for their timely action in curbing piracy.

"For me whether it is a successful film or a flop, the amount of work we do is the same."

According to him, "Imsai Arasan" has to be enjoyed on the big screen mainly because of its grandeur, its historical colour and real sound.

On Friday, it crossed the 35th day and is still going strong. This is mainly because people have not seen a historical film in recent days.

It is also a healthy comedy for people of different age groups and a family film.

Several film and political personalities have seen the film at Kamala theatre. They include Vadivel, Devayani, Sibiraj, Sivakumar's family with "Parthiveeran" hero Karthi, director Muktha Srinivasan, and former ministers Thirunavakarasar, Rajaram, R.M. Veerappan and present Union Minster Ragupathi.

Director Shankar, the producer of the film, said he was happy about the film's performance so far.

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