A number of film personalities Thursday urged viewers to go to theatres to watch Udta Punjab and refrain from downloading it after a copy of the Shahid Kapoor-starrer got leaked online.
The film’s producers had Wednesday lodged a complaint with the cyber crime police in Mumbai after a copy of the film with ‘for censor’ written on the top left was leaked on various torrent websites, thereby raising questions about role of the censor board — Central Board of Film Certification — in the leak.
Actor-producer Aamir Khan appealed fans through Twitter to watch the movie in theatres, saying piracy is an issue which the film industry has been fighting for a long time.
In Mumbai, filmmaker Karan Johar made a similar appeal. As the film was set to hit the theatres Friday, the online leak of the film prompted film producer Anurag Kashyap to say that he believed it was a case of vested interests “trying to demoralise” the filmmakers in their fight.
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CBFC chief Pahlaj Nahalani, on his part, said “rumours” about the online leak should not be believed. “Please understand the procedure rather than believing in rumours,” he said.