Pirates of Bollywood – Piracy, Business, Copyrights, Legal Thriller (Novel) – Episode 17
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Authored by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala
Alongside Shan, there were five very influential but totally disinterested men, seated at the large conference table. Polished to a shine, the black granite slab that sat heavily on fat teak legs reflected nothing more than shades of gloom. A quick peek into each of their track record against piracy would uncover only burnt fingers and lost money, justifying their apathetic state. To worsen the matters, Lamba was not particularly good with words. His monologue on the perils of piracy was like a moral science lecture, and the diminishing scotch in their glasses was, not surprisingly, more appealing than his presentation.
Speaking in a soft voice that belied his bulky body wrapped in a tight, yet well-fitting black suit, Lamba went on, clearly unperturbed about the mood of the top producers of Bollywood. His strategy was simple, push their expectations as low as possible, before getting to the heart of the matter. That, he felt, would have a whipping effect on the filmmakers, moving them from indifference to deference, when he finally broke the ice.
Subsequent to 40 minutes of statistics on piracy rates and prior management strategies, that achieved his well-planned, mind-numbing effect, Lamba decided to shift gears. “The losses from piracy, as you gentlemen know, are humongous,” he said, speaking louder. “A study released recently by the US-India Business Council estimates the losses to the entertainment industry from piracy to be Rs 16,000 crore. Bollywood, as all of you will agree, is the worst hit of all.” Lamba paused at this point to lend gravity to what he was about to say. Clenching his fists in an attempt to show anger, he said, “These pirates, thieves of the first order, free riders of creativity and unorganized group of imbeciles, must be stopped. You deserve your hard-earned money and we at Krish and Khan have a simple, effective plan for the same.”
The dramatic nature of the statements surprised everyone, although for unexpected reasons. Amused by Lamba’s theatrical actions, they stared at him, astonished and very curious. In fact, a couple of them worked very hard to hold back laughter. “Between the six of you, you gentlemen control 90 percent of the content produced in Bollywood and I don’t have to tell you how much money that means, if we can kill piracy. The question is, do you want to,” Lamba asked, looking around, anticipating unanimous affirmation. But all he got was a bunch of disconcerted faces, looking at each other, and mumbling. Realizing that the meeting might get out of hand if it continued like this, Shan intervened. “Lamba, we, members of the Producers’ Guild, have always felt piracy is a complex equation. Most of my friends strongly believe that it cannot be tackled. But you seem to believe otherwise.”
“Yes Mr. Shan, we have devised a simple and straight forward strategy to solve the complex problem, and we believe that it will work.”
“Oh! And can you enlighten us on this ‘simple’ plan of yours,” Aran, the youngest of the group asked, making no attempt to hide his sarcasm. Having inherited his father’s production business, Aran controlled around 10 percent of Bollywood content and was gaining reputation as a talented music composer. Lamba smiled the smile of a preacher about to enlighten his disciples with the fire of knowledge.
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