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Malayalam film stars march against piracy
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 24 Thousands of members of the Malayalam
film industry, including superstars like Mammootty and Mohanlal,
marched to the state secretariat Wednesday in appreciation of
the government's crackdown against piracy.
Top actors Suresh Gopi, Jayaram and Dileep, apart from several
actresses, participated in the march and asked that authorities
continue the drive. They were joined by over 2,000 members of
various film industry associations, representing producers,
distributors and technicians.
They shouted slogans in praise of Chief Minister V.S.
Achuthanandan for acting tough against video libraries
distributing pirated CDs.
Said Gopi: "This has certainly brought the crowds back to the
theatres and we want this clampdown to continue."
The police had a tough time controlling fans gathered near the
secretariat to catch a glimpse of their favourite film stars.
Taking action against film piracy has been a long-standing
demand of the Malayalam film fraternity. The Achuthanandan
government gave a green signal to the police to check piracy in
Since then, nearly 30,000 video libraries have been closed down.