Nagraj Manjule, the director of Marathi film "Sairat," approached the Mumbai police after his movie was leaked online two days ahead of its release. The romantic drama, which has won several hearts, was released on April 29.
Manjule has filed a complaint against an unknown person for leaking the censor copy online. On Tuesday, Manjule approached Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar and Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Atul Kulkarni to seek legal action against the unknown person, DNA reported.
In his written complaint, the director alleged that the censor copy of the film, "Sairat," was leaked before its theatrical release. Manjule, who has also produced the film, said that the censor board approved copy was uploaded on YouTube.
"Manjule, along with two other producers Nitin Keni and Nikhil Sane on Tuesday complained that two days prior to release the movie print has been leaked for piracy. We are investigating the matter and will engage the cyber police to probe the case from all the angles to trace the accused," Kulkarni told DNA.
"We also need to find out whether this is a technical mistake or was deliberately done by someone. Very soon we shall come up with a conclusion and nab the accused. The complainant has considered this as a big financial loss done to him as well his production," he added.
"Sairat," a well-received and well-loved film, features Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar in the lead roles. The film has created a storm at the box office with its opening weekend collection.
Meanwhile, this is the second Marathi film of this year that got leaked online. Earlier, Nana Patekar's critically acclaimed film "Natsamrat" was leaked online and the producers had registered a complained with a cyber police station regarding the same.