Actor Suriya‘s latest Tamil film Soorarai Pottru was leaked on Wednesday night, hours before its official release on streaming platform Amazon Prime Video. The film was reportedly available on instant messaging service Telegram and several online pirated film websites.
Directed by Sudha Kongara, the film was supposed to release at 12 midnight on Thursday. Amazon Prime Video had released the film two hours ahead of the scheduled time, a little after 10 pm IST on Wednesday, in a few countries.
Many took to Twitter to report that the film was already available on piracy websites despite not releasing officially.
The film is based on the autobiography Simply Fly written by Captain GR Gopinath, founder of India’s first low-cost airline- Air Deccan. The film opened to positive reviews on the first day. It also stars Aparna Balamurali, M Mohan Babu, Paresh Rawal, and Urvashi among others.
The film was earlier set to release on Amazon Prime Video on October 30. However, a week before the release, Suriya announced that non-attainment of a few no-objection certificates from the Indian Air Force had delays the release.
Soorarai Pottru is not the only film to become a victim of online piracy. Hindi film Laxmii, starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani, was also leaked on several piracy websites, including Tamil Rockers. The film premiered on Disney+Hotstar on Monday.
In October, it was reported that Tamil Rockers, which is notorious for releasing pirated versions of Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, English, Malayalam, Kannada, and other language films, had been blocked. However, social media users were sure that the domain would find a way to resurface on the Internet.