Pirates of Bollywood – Copyrights, Legal Thriller, Novel, Piracy, Crime – Episode 23
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Authored by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala
Ilahi slowly walked out of his home, a small and dingy room, where six people lived in absolute disharmony. Although not the oldest of the surviving men in the family, he was easily the most responsible. Living with two loving sisters, an alcoholic father, and an extremely selfish brother who never provided for the family, was far from easy for Ilahi. Though he was only eighteen years old, Ilahi was the family’s only breadwinner, and he took that duty seriously. Precisely for this reason, unlike his peers, Ilahi made a conscious attempt to stay away from activities that could get him into trouble or put him out of action. Clinging to his large, tattered air bag filled with discs, Ilahi strode from Dharawi to Bandra, praying for a good beginning to change his family’s plight. Ilahi’s empty stomach groaned, as if it read his mind, reminding him of the fate that awaited his family if he failed to make the day count.
Immersed in thoughts, he took 15 minutes to reach the Bandra railway station, where he quickly hopped into the tightly packed train that ran the Western line. Oddly, standing amidst the pack of his compatriots, pushing and shoving to stay afloat, Ilahi felt at home.
Twenty minutes later, he stepped out of Malad station and headed towards the piracy point. Once he reached the basement of the old, dilapidated building round the corner, Ilahi reported to the security guard, exchanged old discs for new releases, and went to meet the fat man in charge of the piracy business in that neighborhood.
“We have five new Hindi movies releasing today. We have master prints for three of them on disc, including one starring Baadshah. You must work hard to sell well,” the man said, eyeing Ilahi through his thick glasses.
“I will do my best,” Ilahi replied, smiling.
“Young man, these are tough times. You must do better than your best”, the man launched into his pep talk. At the end, after a series of standard marketing tips and tricks, the man wished him good luck and moved his attention to the next in line.
Thanking the man, Ilahi made his way towards his spot for the day, hoping for the new movies, especially the one starring Baadshah, to fetch him good sales. While turning left at the plush Infinity Mall on Chincholi Bunder Road, Ilahi wondered if he would someday be able to set up a shop in the mall. When he reached his point opposite Movie Time theatre, Ilahi laid a bed sheet on the sidewalk, adjoining Sun, Moon and Potatoes, a small eatery, and methodically arranged the merchandize on it. The organization of the discs was simple; he stacked Hindi, English and Regional film DVDs and Music CDs at three different parts of the bed sheet, with the new releases displayed on the top of each stack.
Once all was set, Ilahi made a small make shift tent to endure the heat and sat waiting. It did not take him long to get started with his business that morning. Within 10 minutes, he sold his first copy, and thereafter, his new film stocks rapidly diminished. By afternoon, Ilahi was pleased with his sales and allowed himself the pleasure of a glass of fresh mango juice from the eatery. He was thoroughly enjoying every sip of the delicious and refreshing drink when his peripheral vision caught sight of trouble heading his way.
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