£15,000 of pirate Bollywood DVDs seized

MUMBAI: Copies of a Bollywood film featuring a Southall (London) wheeler-dealer character who sells pirate DVDs were among illegal copies seized in the town.

A joint investigation by Ealing Council Trading Standards officers and the Police led to a haul of films and music CDs with a street value of around £15,000.

The batch of around 3,000 DVDs and music CDs included illegal copies of the latest Bollywood movie from Yash Raj Films’ stable Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, which stars Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta and Preity Zinta.

Copies of the movies Life in a Metro, starring Shilpa Shetty, and Cheeni Kum, starring Amitabh Bachchan were also discovered during the investigation in a basement of the Himalaya Palace shopping mall in The Broadway, Southall.

Ealing Council’s Head of Trading Standards Doug Love said, “It is ironic that copies of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom were among the copies we discovered. This latest raid shows we still have a battle on our hands to stop the sale of pirated, low quality DVDs.”

Police’s Southall Broadway Safer Neighbourhood Team’s Shahid Malik added, “This was excellent partnership work between us and the Council and we will continue to do everything we can to catch those who sell counterfeit DVDs.”

One man was arrested in connection with the raid.