Udta Punjab’, the drug-themed film cleared for release after weeks of controversy, has been leaked online ahead of its screening on Friday, its producers have alleged in a complaint to the Mumbai police.
Here are the 10 thing you should know about the controversy:
- With only a day to go for the release of the controversial film on Punjab’s drug problem, reports said the DVDs of the film were leaked in Mumbai.
- Udta Punjab was leaked online allegedly by a member of the Central Board of Film Certification, forcing its makers to allege that the film was being sabotaged by Pahlaj Nihalani’s men.
- An offence under the sections of the Copyright and Information Technology Act have been registered by the Mumbai Police.
- Nihalani, meanwhile, rejected allegations of a CBFC member behind the leak of the film.
- “The leaked copy is not the one submitted to the censor board for examination. We will cooperate with the investigation,” he said.
- The film’s lead actors Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have appealed to their fans to not watch the pirated version of the film online.
- “Blood and sweat of many in this film. It’s been your battle as much as ours. Now is the time you can show it. Watch UdtaPunjab in theatres,” Kapoor tweeted.
- Alia said, “It’s the worst feeling to know that your film has been messed with beforehand & your computer will be attacked with a virus if you do try.”
- Earlier, the Supreme Court also refused to entertain the plea of an NGO seeking stay on the release of the film and asked it to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
- On June 13, the Bombay High Court had cleared the decks for the film’s release after ordering the deleting of a urination scene and displaying a revised disclaimer.