Shahid Kapoor's "Udta Punjab" was at war with the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for the last few days. Although the makers have come out of it victorious, they have a new problem at hand.
According to a SpotboyE report, roughly 40 minutes of the film has been leaked online. Because the video has a "For Censor" stamp on it, there has been a strong murmur that it could be the board's idea of sabotaging the crime-drama film.
Meanwhile, the Hindi film industry has reacted to the unfortunate incident. Mahesh Bhatt, Vikram Bhatt, Ramesh Taurani, Omung Kumar and Abbas Tyrewala among others have chanelled similar sentiments about the leak. They have expressed their disappointment saying people should flock to the theatres and not download it.
"June 15, 2015, will go down as a very bad day for the industry. It almost happened with me at the time of 'Sarbjit,' there were links which had come up on the Internet but thankfully the movie didn't get downloaded," Omung told the entertainment portal. Mahesh thought "the leak" is an "inside job" adding that people should wait for the Cyber Crime Cell's findings.
Producers Anurag Kashyap and Ekta Kapoor have approached the cell and lodged a complaint.
Vikram and Abbas are twinning in this matter. Both, in their statements, have urged film enthusiasts not to download it as that will make a negative impact.
"Someone has had the guts to leak out a copy with 'Censor Copy' written on it means that the person in question has a clear and big motive and no respect for the law. Whatever has happened is heartbreaking. Every film lover should make it a point to not download the film but instead go to a theatre," Vikram elaborated.
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, "Udta Punjab" has been passed with one cut (the scene where Shahid's Tommy Singh is shown urinating into a crowd) by the Bombay High Court. It stars Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh in key roles.