Is Nag Ravi a pirate?

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 07, 2007 09:48 hrs

Among all the din and excitement of Diwali releases, Kollywood woke up today morning hearing a shocking news. The producer and the unit members of Jeevan's Machakaran caught the pirates who were trying to make a pirated video copy of the film at Devi Sridevi preview theatre in Chennai.

And guess who turned out to be the king pin behind the piracy? None other than Nag Ravi, the high flying wheeler dealer who recently celebrated the first anniversary of his company Insight Entertainment Media limited, which deals with production and distribution of Tamil films!

The flamboyant Nag Ravi, better known as Sneha's former lover was caught in the act of taking a camera print of Machakaran at Devi Sridevi preview theatre . Ravi was beaten up by the producer Nanthagopal but he managed to escape and is now absconding, while the manager of the preview theatre Eknath and the operator was also beaten up!

Ravi and his Insight Media were the overseas distributors of Machakaran. They had taken seven prints of the film from the Lab, but only dispatched six of them on Tuesday evening mainly to Malaysia and Singapore. When the producer Nanthagopal through his sources at the Anna International airport came to know about it, he contacted Ravi who said he is dispatching it through a later flight.

But around mid-night Jeevan got a tip-off, that Nag Ravi was clandestinely making a pirated master copy of Machakaran at Devi Sridevi. Immediately he along with his fans and producer Nanthagopal went to the preview theatre, where initially Eknath the manager stopped them at the entrance and said a Telugu film was being screened! But they barged in to the theatre and found Ravi and his camera team taking a pirated copy from the seventh print that was not dispatched!

All hell broke loose as the producer and his men could not control their anger and went on a rampage, smashing the theatre fittings and seats. Ravi's famous style statement, his BMW car parked outside was also smashed by the irate producer and his men. Later Nanthagopal registered a police complaint at Teynampet police station. An emergency meeting of Tamil Film Producers Council and distributors association is going on at the moment!

Meanwhile a manhunt has started for Nag Ravi, the self styled “corporate chief", who now faces arrest under Goonda Act for indulging in video piracy!

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