‘Udta Punjab‘ has been leaked online ahead of its screening on Friday. Its producers have alleged in a complaint to the Mumbai police. In their compliant lodged with the cyber crime police in Bandra, they stated the film was uploaded before its release by some unidentified persons.
Police are tracing the IP address through which the movie was allegedly uploaded, an official said without extending. Udta Punjab‘s stars Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh.
Udta Punjab was leaked online and downloaded many times on Wednesday, advising an executive of its production company to suggest that the censor board had tried to destroy the film two days before its release.
Additional commissioner of police (Crime) KMM Prasanna confirmed the news. Sources said the complaint was filed under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and under various sections of the Copyright Act. The FIR was filed by Satyajeet Mukharjee from Phantom Films Pvt Ltd.
The chairman nor the CEO of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was available for comment in spite of repeated attempts by this newspaper to contact them. The leak has taken place in the middle of preparations by the producers to release the movie on Friday after winning a court battle against the board that had prescribed many cuts.
Sources in Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films, the co-producers of the film said they received a message around 1pm on Wednesday that two long clips of the film, lasting about 2 hours 20 minutes and 40 minutes, were available for download on illegal websites where pirated versions of films are put up. The entire film is 2 hours and 45 minutes long.
“Udta Punjab” was in news after the censor board suggested that the makers alter the movie by 89 cuts. Later, it went to the Revising Committee, which brought it down to 13 cuts. However, the Bombay High Court on Monday gave the drug-themed movie a green signal for release after making just one cut and inserting three disclaimers. A report based on the screening of the film will be submitted to the court on Thursday.
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