As soon as the news broke that Udta Punjab movie has been leaked online, the film’s team managed to remove it online on war footing from torrent sites. While its lead actors and others from the film industry including superstar Aamir Khan have asked people on Twitter not to download the prints and encourage piracy, co-producer Anurag Kashyap has urged downloaders to wait till Saturday till they decide to not pay for the film. The controversial film was leaked online on Wednesday after the Bombay High Court passed the film with A certificate with only a single cut.
In a long facebook post, Anurag Kashyap wrote, “I have never downloaded a film on torrent, i don’t know how to. yes occasionally i have seen downloaded films borrowed from friends and found a way to pay for them later, by buying them on DVD or blurray, and when i say this i also say that no one can stop your right to download a film. This time its a different fight, its a fight against censorship and if you are that audience that always downloads a film, then i won’t ask you to not do that, please do, but wait till saturday which is the day you would normally download a film. Piracy happens because of lack of access and in a world of free internet, i do not have a problem with it. My problem is that this time its a case of vested interests trying to demoralise people from fighting for their rights. So all downloaders of Udta Punjab, i urge, wait till saturday till you decide to not pay for the film, don’t download and share, curb the curiosity for two more days. Thank you for reading this.”
Udta Punjab is set to release on June 17.