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Lagaan is aired on cable network, police ignorant Tuesday, June 26, 2001
By Sonal Kellogg, AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 25: In a flagrant violation of the Copyright Act, the just released Lagaan made by producer-actor Aamir Khan was telecast on cable channels in several areas, on Sunday night.
It was screened by operators at Satellite, Ambawadi, some parts of Drive-in , Azad Society, Vastrapur and other areas. The societies where the movie was screened is allegedly serviced by InCable Net.
But when asked at the control room of InCable Net, Mr Ashok Patel, an employee, denied that they had screened the movie on Sunday, but he added that the movie could have been screened by local cable operators on public demand.
Meanwhile, the president of the Cable Operators Association, Mr Pramod Pandya, said that all the movies screened were done so from the control room only and that no cable operator could act individually. He also added that he had received several calls in the night informing him that Lagaan was being screened.
Another cable operator, Bharat, not wanting to disclose his identity said that the movie was screened from the control room itself. But when contacted Mr Summet Tehlan, manager of In Cable Net, Ahmedabad, was not available for his comments.
Meanwhile, DIG Shivanand Jha, incharge of sector I, when asked said that he would investigate as to whether Lagaan was actually beamed, which areas it was and who did it. But he added that they had not received any official complaint on the issue.
Satellite police inspector F.A. Gohil also said that no complaint was filed by any person regarding the issue though it was said to be shown widely in his station’s jurisdiction. He hinted that most people were happy to view the movie from their living rooms which is why there have been no complaints registered.
The manager of R World, Mr Sameer Chawla, said that when new movies are screened on the cable it hurts their business. But he said that they had not yet lodged a formal complaint with the police station. “However, we might lodge a complaint soon,” he added.
News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]