Tamilrockers/ Tamil Rockerz is a popular piracy website in India. It provides a wide range of Hindi and regional movies to the netizens. Despite strict IT rules in India and several complaints filed against them by the filmmakers, the notorious gang leaks almost every new release online. Their websites have been blocked by the authorities several times, but they emerge with new URLs and upload fine quality print of a new release. While they have been labelled as criminals according to the IT act, the middle class and poor Indians, who can’t afford movie tickets, think of them as Robinhood. They are also some conspiracy theories around the Tamilrockers gang. Some believe that they are a part of an international syndicate.
The existence of Tamilrockers can’t be ignored. They are a boon for common citizens while a bane for movie producers. The gang conducting the illegal activity of piracy sometimes also threatens the filmmakers that they will leak the film a day before the scheduled release. As a result, producers and distributors face major losses.
Tamil director Arivazhagan Venkatachalam has presented this story in a crime thriller series called Tamil Rockerz. It features Arun Vijay, Vani Bhojan and Iswarya Menon. The 8-episodic series has been released in Tamil and Hindi languages on SonyLiv. The first episode can be watched for free but the rest are available for paid users of Sony Liv. Those who have a subscription to Sony Liv can stream the episodes in full HD anytime and anywhere.
This new web series showcases a semi-fictional tale about Tamilrockers. The synopsis of the show reads, “Piracy has long been a threat to the Indian film industry and the Tamil film industry faces its foe in the form of a piracy website called Tamil Rockerz. These anonymous cyber pirates are threatening to release a highly anticipated film featuring a massively popular star. It’s up to the cop Rudra to find the lawbreakers and bring them to justice.”
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